Competition Categories

YRE International Competition consists of three different categories. 

1. International Competition

Open to all countries and all themes, 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 problem.

2. Litter Less Campaign

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

3. International Collaboration

Open to all countries with three recommended themes from the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: 11-Sustainable Cities, 12-Responsible Consumption & Production, 13-Climate Action. The submission must be in the form of one joint ”Article”, ”Photo Reportage of 3 photos”, or ”Video” and be a collaborative work between two countries. 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 in the process of integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) into the YRE Competition. Therefore, participants are obliged to reflect on the link between their entry and one or more SDGs. This reflection can be included as a part of the journalistic piece or it can be a short additional text which is added to the registration form when uploading the entry. Remember that an environmental lens is always required, also when a social or economic SDG is chosen as a topic of investigation.