This page will soon be updated for the YRE competition 2018

Rules for Submission


Acceptance Criteria

Not meeting the International Competition's acceptance criteria results in disqualification.
Submissions must include:

  1. The name of the author(s)
  2. Their age on the day of submission to the National Competition
  3. The name of their registered school or group
  4. Their country of residence and registration, which may differ

They must also:

  • be the correct length, size and format, etc; specific guidelins for Articles, Photographs and Video below
  • be submitted in written or spoken English, or have English subtitles in the case of a video
  • be focused on a pertinent (real and current) local issue
  • concentrate on possible solutions or present existing possible solutions through an expert (different local stakeholders)
  • have been disseminated to a local audience through more than three different media outlets
  • have accreditation and have permission for usage of the pictures and music which are not original and used in the Article and the Video




  • Written submissions must not exceed 1,000 words (after translation) in length and may include illustrations and photographs. The source of all non-original illustrations must be given
  • Title that fits the best of not more than 100 characters (max 20 words) 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)
  • Max. three pictures are allowed with captions of max. 20 words for each


  • A single photograph must be submitted
  • Photographic entries must either tell a story, or if it’s a reflection piece, the text attached to it must make sense of what the story is in relation to the photo 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 preferable resolution of not less than 150-300 dpi.


  • Videos must be no more than 3 minutes long and in documentary, reporter/interview style (recommended) or public service announcement (PSA) is allowed
  • A video must be accompanied by a title (not more than 140 characters)
  • The format must be compatible with supported YouTube file formats


Legal Matter

Legal matter is very important and means a lot in the society of today, especially in the field of media. It is your responsibility to be aware of the rules and regulations related to media creation when you work on your piece. Any submissions that FEE finds legal doubt about will be ineligible to win the International Competition. If you have any doubts on this matter, please contact the National Operator in your country or the YRE International Head Office.

Use of music for video entries

It is illegal to copy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of copyright-protected music, without the express written permission of the copyright/rights holder. Obtaining music licences to permit the use of copyright-protected material, even for a not-for-profit video, can be problematic. As such, it is strongly recommended that you do not use copyright-protected music in your video.

Please note that many platforms currently scan uploaded videos for coincidences with copyright-protected work. Work found to be using copyright-protected material is usually detected by copyright bots, and suspended from the platform. In some countries, infringement of copyright law is enforced, and punishable by hefty fines and a criminal record. Please be aware of your national copyright laws.

As an alternative, you can resort to the YouTube Audio Library, which offers royalty-free tracks made available for any not-for-profit creative purpose, and do not require written permission from the copyrights holder.

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.

Please find the full Terms & Conditions