An international YRE competition is held each year in which winning national entries compete. Timing, categories, submission requirements and judging criteria can be found below. The same rules apply to YRE campaigns.
YRE is open to those aged 11-21 whether participating alone or through their school, college, university or youth group. To find out more, contact FEE's national member organisation running the programme and/or competition. National operator details can be found under Contacts.
Supervisors are encouraged to use YRE as a cross-curriculum tool to make learning more fun and to help students investigate relevant issues and create submissions developed in different subjects, for example physics, chemistry, English and computer science.
Registration requirements differ nationally and participants must also register at ‘YRE Connect’ on the homepage which facilitates global collaboration.
There are three age categories in the international competition 11-14, 15-18 and 19-21. It is the participant's age on the day they submit their entry to the national competition that must be given and defines which age category they enter. Those submitting a group project must submit in the age category of the oldest member of their team.
Environmental themes students might cover include climate change, biodiversity, water, litter, etc.
The winning article, photograph or photographic essay and video from each age category can be submitted to the international competition by National Operators. Submissions must meet all of the international acceptance criteria, detailed below. Joint winners will not be accepted.
The international jury selects and awards a winning article, photograph and video in each age category, as well as a runner up,or runners up.The Jury is at liberty not to award in the case of too few submissions and to give more than one award in the case of exceptional entries in one or more age categories.
Submissions must include:
Articles and blogs
Written submissions must not exceed 1,000 words in length and may include illustrations and photographs. The source of all non-original illustrations must be given. An interesting title of not more than 140 characters is recommended, for compatibility with Twitter. Articles must be sent digitally in Microsoft Word or .pdf format with accompanying pictures following the photographic guidelines below. Original photographs should also be sent separately (see in what format under photographs below).
It is possible to submit either a single photograph, or a photographic series/essay of up to 12 photographs. Photographic entries must tell a story and be accompanied by a title (preferably of no more than 140 characters) and a short caption of no more than 150 words to explain the link with environmental sustainability and/or a solution to the problem and/or issue. Photographs must be submitted digitally as .jpg, .png, .tif, or .gif format with a resolution of not less than 150-300 dp.
Videos must be no more than 3 minutes long and in documentary or reporter/interview style. A video must be accompanied by a title (preferably of no more than 140 characters). The format must be compatible with YouTube, i.e.:
All submission must be accompanied by a note describing dissemination to a local audience (where it was published, exhibited, shown, broadcast). National Operators will forward the winning article, photograph or photographic essay of up to 12 photographs, or video for each age category to the international competition. Students may submit more than one type of submission and can work individually or in groups.
Registering gives FEE the right to promote and use submissions crediting the author. Necessary permissions, e.g. for photographing children are the responsibility of the author and must, therefore, be sought.
Judges may assign a score of 0-3 based on how well the submission meets five further criteria. Points are: 3; excellent; 2; well; 1 fairly well and 0; it does not. Participants are encouraged to meet as many of these additional criteria as possible, to improve their work and chances of winning. It is not, however, compulsory to meet this criteria:
1. Composition i.e. form, structure and quality
2. Fair, balanced and objective reporting
3. Informative and well researched
4. Originality, style and independence
Participants can join YRE at any time of the year but submissions to the international competition must be received by the end of April. National competitions are usually held by the end of March. Countries that cannot run their jury prior to that may submit students' work to the following year’s international competition. Submissions can only be entered once ever and in one age category. Late submissions to the international competition will not be accepted.
The international jury will meet in May. Results are announced on, or no later than, World Environment Day, June 5.
Use of music for video entries
It is illegal to copy or otherwise infringe copyright protected music without the permission of the copyright rights-holder. Obtaining a licence to permit the use of copyright protected material can be problematic and, as such, it is strongly recommended you DO NOT use copyright protected music in your video.
The Youtube Audio Library offers royalty-free tracks which are made available for any creative purpose and do not require permission from the rights-holder to use. Music may also be published under an open content licensing scheme, such as the Creative Commons licence. There are still terms, conditions and restrictions applicable for music taken from the above sources, so please ensure these are fully observed and there is no copyright infringement in your video entry.
Any national winning video submitted to the International competition which infringes copyright law may still be evaluated by FEE, but will be ineligible to win. A video entry may only be presented at YRE and published on the FEE website or other social network service if and to the extent that FEE is satisfied that the video does not infringe copyright law.