Young Reporters making the media on World Environment Day

(5.6.2013)

The winners of this year’s Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) international competition and Litter Less Campaign are announced today, World Environment Day (Wednesday, June 5), by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

The winners, outlined below, were selected from among 20 countries by representatives from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); European Environment Agency (EEA); International Institute for Industrial and Environmental Economics (IIIEE) Young Masters Programme; National Geographic, Wrigley Company Foundation (for the Litter Less Campaign only) and the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

Julie Saito from UNESCO said: “It was an exciting moment to go over young reporters’ articles, photographs and videos as they are the most pure and powerful witness of what is really happening on our planet today.”

Channel Daniels from the EEA added: “It was amazing to see the passion for the environment reflected in the work submitted for this year’s competition. The standard of entries was remarkably high.”  

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 Sweet by Jiang Ziyi, China

The youngest nominee, aged only 11, took part in the competition with a video about the waste problem in his hometown. “I’m sure that the future will be greener in the hands of such aware young reporters,” added Daniels. 

The competition is open to students aged 11 to 21 who report on an environmental issue or problem in their community via print, photography or video. Nationally, young reporters can participate individually or as a group. Submissions that win at the national level may then be submitted to the international competition.

This year the competition received more than 120 submissions of which 22 were awarded places in the YRE international competition and 25 in the Litter Less Campaign.

The winners were (note that where a country is stared it denotes joint winners):

YRE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

ARTICLE WINNERS BY AGE CATEGORY

11-14

1. Cyprus: Used Cooking Oils, a Green Solution in the Crises by Popi Aresti and Christina Maki

2. Romania: Scheianul - A Polluted Stream by Andrei Hlamaga

3. Slovakia: Glass Bottles in Our City by Veronika Moncoľová and Viktória Balogová

15-18

1. Morocco: Kebdana Forest: 1810 Hectares Have Become History by Imane Ouaali, Ghalia Mazouz, Kaoutar Makhoukhi, Meriam Marghich and Soumia El Ghoumari

2. *Romania: Municipal Wastes under Magnifying Glass of Small Environmentalists by Teodora Sauleaand Emanuela Popa Ramona

    *Slovakia: Greenland Project by Daniel Kozák, Marek Mihok and Ján Šudák

3. Canada: Disposable Coffee Cups by Lovely Juson

19-21

1. Germany: The Meal from the Garbage by Robert Fisher

2. Slovakia: Waste Management in Priepasné – No Ambition without Motivation by Natália Mrázová

3. Montenegro: Is There GM Food in Montenegro? by Mira Bulajić

PHOTOGRAPHIC WINNERS BY AGE CATEGORY

11-14

1.*Canada: Untitled by Rajbalinder Ghatoura

    *China: Sweet by Jiang Ziyi

2. Malta:If This Eyesore You Cannot Bear... Don't be Afraid to Care by Yasmin Attard

3. Slovakia: Deaf Ear by Adriána Henčeková

15-18

1. Montenegro: Hard Life by Mia Mandić

2. Portugal: Acid Mine Drainage at Ribeira Águas Fortes by João Gomes on behalf of Diogo Oliveira, Pedro Leal, Carolina Fonseca, Francisco Paim, Henrique Avelar  Vasco Diogo

3. Canada: Untitled by Kristin Rodrigo

19-21

No entries awarded

VIDEO WINNERS BY AGE CATEGORY

11-14

1. USA: A Tale of Two Trails by Zachary Korff

2. Canada: Littering Solution by Spencer Woolf

3. Israel: Onshore Gas Plant by Zohar Znasko

15-18

1. Cyprus: Renewable Energy by Andreas Psaltis and Marcos Loizou

2. Israel: Garbage Mountain by Koren Shayb

3. Latvia: Sorting is Cool by Zaiga Vaišļa, Kaspars Mozga, Mārtiņš Mozga, Māris Štekeļs and Mārtiņš Seleckis

19-21

No entries awarded

LITTER LESS CAMPAIGN

ARTICLE WINNERS BY AGE CATEGORY

11-14

1. Kazakhstan: Litter - Looking for Decision by Yekaterina Kovalyeva

2. France: The Eco-Bins Game by Rabiya Güven, Tayip Aytekin, Lina Farid, Amine Aït Ouakrim  and Quentin Gardinal

3. Malta: The Whole Town's On Board... Are You? by Gianluca Caruana,  Kylie  Spiteri,  Matthew  Mercieca, Matthias Attard and Michael Vella

15-18

1. Montenegro: Animal waste, everywhere around us by Svetlana Tomić

2. Canada: Disposable Coffee Cups by Lovely Juson

3. *France: Waste Incineration, a Solution? By Yann Carmona, Andréi Carmona and Naim Eddam

    *Slovakia: Greenland Project by Daniel Kozák, Marek Mihok and JánŠudák

19-21

1. Germany: The Meal From the Garbage by Robert Fisher

2. Montenegro: A Bottomless Pit by Mirko Pavićević

3. Romania: Dust from Romanian Cities by Garofita Hârbu

PHOTOGRAPHIC WINNERS BY AGE CATEGORY

11-14

1. Canada: Untitled by Rajbalinder Ghatoura

2. Slovakia: Deaf Ear by Adriána Henčeková

3. Malta: Where Flowers Don’t Grow by Mattia Agius Muscat

15-18

1. Canada: Untitled by Kristin Rodrigo

2. FYR Macedonia: Waste Our Obsessions by Pavlinka Goseva and Milica Dimova

3. Kazakhstan: In Our Backyard by Irina Gavrilova

19-21

1. Montenegro: Eco-apartment by Zorana Višić and Admira Šabotić

2. Romania: No More Stories. It's Time for Reality by Garofita Hârbu

3. Not awarded

VIDEO WINNERS BY AGE CATEGORY

11-14

1. Canada: Littering Solution by Spencer Woolf

2. Kazakhstan: Paper Sheet for Green Leaf by Shakhzoda Mirzakarimova and Berivan Akhmetova

3. Malta: Non-Sticky News by Sephora Bugeja

15-18

1. Latvia: Sorting is Cool by Zaiga Vaišļa, Kaspars Mozga, Mārtiņš Mozga, Māris Štekeļs and Mārtiņš Seleckis

2. *Romania: The Adding Weights by Vlad Bancescu

    *Kazakhstan: Litter Less by Tatyana Gubanova and Aziz Kurt

3. FYR Macedonia: Ecology by Stefan Mitrov

19-21

No entries awarded

All international YRE winners will be showcased on the homepage of the programmes website. 

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For more information contact Sarah Pickering, International Programme Director, on: +45 33 79 04 08 or visit http://www.youngreporters.org, Young Reporters for the Environment on Facebook or the YouTube channel YRE International.

Notes to Editors:

The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) has 27 member organisations running the YRE programme at the national level in Canada, China, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, the United States of America, and Wales.

FEE is a non-government, non-profit organisation promoting sustainable development through environmental education in more than 74 countries through its national member organisations. FEE actively promotes and delivers environmental education through its 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-international.org/en

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