Competition Categories

YRE International Competition consists of three different categories. 

1. International Competition

Open to all countries and all themes as described above, except for the litter theme for countries participating in the Litter Less Campaign. Countries that are not participating in the Campaign can still submit entries related to the litter issue.

Countries that are participating in the Litter Less Campaign can submit also 1st place winners from their country to the general competition if the entry is not related to a litter and waste topic.

2. Litter Less Campaign

The theme must be related to litter, open to countries that are involved in the Litter Less Campaign: Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Wales, Spain, Northern Ireland, Malta, France, Brazil and Ireland.

* Please note that the submissions under the theme of Litter from Litter Less Campaign countries will be evaluated separately, and the winners will receive recognition with a certificate and small incentive.

3. International Collaboration

Open to all countries with three recommended themes: pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change that have to be linked to a chosen SDG. The submission must be in the form of one joint Article, Photo Reportage of 3-5 photos, or Video and be a collaborative work between two or more countries. It is open for the age categories 11-14, 15-18, and 19-25 years. Read more about this category.

Media categories

The International Competition and the Litter Less Campaign have three media categories; Article, Photograph, and Video. Participants can choose one media category. The media categories may differ in each country, so please contact your National Operator to check which categories are open in your country before preparing your submission. 

YRE Competition and the SDGs

YRE is working closely with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to promote them and present case stories of initiatives that are developed by local communities and emphasize a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all. Therefore, we encourage participants to reflect on the link between their entry and one or more SDGs when choosing a topic to report on. Remember that an environmental lens is always required, also when a social or economic SDG is chosen as a topic of investigation.

Following alarming news about the need to take urgent action to save humans and the Earth, YRE suggests three priority topics for this year:

  • Climate change

  • Loss of biodiversity

  • Pollution

that has to be linked to chosen SDG(s).