The winners of this year’s Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) international competition are announced today, World Environment Day (Tuesday, June 5), by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
Selected by representatives from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); European Environment Agency (EEA); International Institute for Industrial and Environmental Economics (IIEEE); The Times newspaper; and the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a total of seven articles, four photographs and six videos were awarded to nominees from 19 countries.
Sarah Pickering, International YRE Coordinator, said: “Youth-led environmental journalism grows stronger and stronger and here is some of the best of the best. So many young people are passionate about improving the environment they inherited and are becoming change agents. They are highlighting local and global issues that matter and, wherever possible, potential solutions. Their work inspires and gives hope. It is a privilege to host a platform through which they can share, grow and influence. Congratulations to all the nominees and especially this year's winners.”
The Young Reporters for the Environment international competition is open to 11 to 21 year-olds who report on an environmental problem in their community via print, photography or video. Nationally, Young Reporters can participate individually or as a group. Internationally, collaboration between Young Reporters from different countries is encouraged, in particular through the YRE website and social media page and channel. Articles, photographs and videos which win at the national level may be submitted to the international competition.
Judges at the international level select a winning article (up to 1,000 words), photograph or photographic essay (up to 12 photographs) and video (up to 3 minutes) in each of three age categories (11-14; 15-18; and 19-21) unless there is exceptional competition, in which case they may also award a 2nd and/or 3rd place.
And the winners are:
ARTICLE WINNERS BY AGE CATEGORY
1st: "Clean places are those where people don't throw litter, not where they wipe" by Kymbat Zorlykbayeva from Kazakhstan
2nd: "How Can I Save You--Leaflet Distribution in the Street" by Ye Jiaya and Zhong Wayni from China
3rd: "SLIEMA - where has the "peace" gone?!" by Caroline Vassallo and Marta Cachia from Malta
1st: "The Olive Press and its environmental impacts" by Hajar Idri, Sabrine Attaf, Zakaria Mamai, Naji Melhaoui and Yahya Abdellaoui from Morocco
2nd: "Are there pockets in a shroud?" by Georgie Zahra and Nicolas Attard from Malta
3rd: "Birds in Urban Eco-Systems... Tweet Tweet!" by Kent Keller from U.S.A.
1st: "The 3 R's: Remove Radon Refuse" by Lucia DeMarco from Canada
The SUPER AWARD for the best overall article goes to: "The Olive Press and its environmental impacts" by Hajar Idri, Sabrine Attaf, Zakaria Mamai, Naji Melhaoui and Yahya Abdellaoui from Morocco.
PHOTOGRAPHIC WINNERS BY AGE CATEGORY
1st: "Love" by Chen Chuhan from China
1st: "Paradise for the eyes and soul" by Hristina Balandzic from Montenegro
2nd: "Canal" by Aleksandar Petrusheveski, Marko Dimitrievski, Ivana Misheveska, Elena Stefanovska and Tamara Nikolovska from FYR Macedonia
3rd: "Bottle" by Jennifer Taylor from Canada
The judges also wished to commend Will Anderson from Wales on his wild pony shot from the series "Boggy Future?"
1st: "Fountain of wishes" by Alexsandra Radosavovic, from Montenegro (specifically for the second shot of the two submitted).
The SUPER AWARD for the best overall photograph or photographic essay goes to:
"Paradise for the eyes and soul" by Hristina Balandzic from Montenegro
VIDEO WINNERS BY AGE CATEGORY
1st: "Heaven at Chadwick Lakes" by Grace Ann Muscat from Malta
2nd: "Coast" by Mae Morgan, Leah Jones, Carys Stallard, Liz Hughes and Daisy... from Wales, UK
1st place: "Veganism. Saving the planet one plant at a time" by Becca Williams from Canada
2nd: "A consideration inspired by 'the first law case of green space of a housing estate in Beijing" by Zhuo Chen from China
3rd: "The two wheeled solution: the bicycle" by Steve Zammit Lupi from Malta
1st: "Mammals in Concrete Cages" by David Ellul, Jean Claude Schembri, Johann Camilleri, Joseph Degabriele, Roderik Baldacchino and Tonnio Farrugia from Malta
The SUPER AWARD for the best overall video goes to:
"Veganism. Saving the planet one plant at a time" by Becca Williams from Canada
All international winners are showcased on the homepage of the YRE website.
For more information contact Sarah Pickering, International YRE Coordinator, on: +45 33 79 04 08 or visit http://www.
Notes to Editors:
The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) has 27 member organisations running, or about to begin running, the YRE programme at the national level in Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, France, FYR Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), the United States of America (U.S.A.), and Wales.
FEE is a non-governmental, non-profit organization promoting sustainable development through environmental education. FEE is an international umbrella with 74 national member organizations in 64 countries worldwide. FEE actively promotes and delivers environmental education through five programmes: Blue Flag, Green Key, Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE), Eco-Schools and Learning about Forests (LEAF). The FEE Secretariat is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. For more information and contact details of our member organisations running YRE and FEE's other programmes visit http://www.fee-