International Collaboration

The special category for “International Collaboration” is open to individuals or groups of students in countries running the YRE programme who decide to collaborate and exchange information with students in other countries. Together they may prepare one joint Article, Photo Reportage of 3 photos, or Video that will be submitted to the competition as a collaborative effort.

Entries for International Collaboration will be submitted directly to the International Jury through the National Operator in one of the collaborating countries. If the submission wins, schools from both/all countries will be awarded.

Before starting...

It is strongly recommended to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) through the UN website. The educational tool is also a great platform for students to learn about the SDGs. The platform provides courses on each Goal. It is highly recommended to go through the course before creating the competition entry.

Sustainable Cities and Communities (Goal 11), Responsible Consumption and Production (Goal 12) and Climate Action (Goal 13) are this year’s recommended themes for International Collaboration. However, participants are invited to focus on any of the 17 SDGs. 

Form of entry

The submission must be in the form of an “Article”, a “Photo Reportage of 3 photos” or a “Video”, and be a collaborative work between two or more countries.

Participants and age categories

The International Collaboration category is open to youth aged 11-14, 15-18, 19-25 participating through their school/college/university/youth group. It is the participant's age on the day they submit their entry to the National Competition that must be given and defines which age category they enter. The group must submit their entry in the age category of the oldest member of their team.

Rules and judging criteria

The rules for submission and the judging criteria of the International Collaboration category are the same as for the general YRE Competition - except for one part. Instead of one single photo, participants in the International Collaboration are allowed to submit a Photo Reportage consisting of maximum three photos. See the specific rules for the Photo Reportage below and click the taps on the left-side panel for detailed information about the rules of submission and judging criteria.

Photo Reportage

  • A photo reportage of maximum 3 photos must be submitted.

  • A photo reportage must be accompanied by a title of not more than 140 characters.

  • It is mandatory for Reportage photography to attach a short description of no more than 100 words to explain the link with environmental sustainability and/or a solution to the  issue. The text attached must make sense of what the story is in relation to the photo. The text should give the context, the photos should tell the story.

  • Photographs must be submitted digitally as .jpg or .png format with a preferable resolution of no less than 150-300 dpi.


International Collaboration

  1. Regardless of what type of entry the students choose to make together, the element of ”international collaboration” must always be clear. This means that the entry must include relevant information/data/footage/photos from both/all countries.

  2. An anchor person on either side should overview the entire research/writing/editing process, with a view to creating a seamless story.

  3. For articles, the first paragraph of the entry should explain the take on the subject as a joint collaboration.

  4. Students are not required to compare similar types of issues, but should rather “track” the problem through different countries (e.g. consumption somewhere can be connected with production somewhere else: cause-effect, start-end, production-consumption)

  5. Make the distance an advantage instead of a problem. Students have the opportunity to learn a lot by working with students from other countries and to create a unique entry.

  6. The story needs to be proof-read by an “editor” outside of the core team, to ensure the story holds as ONE story that makes sense.

Examples of awarded entries from 2019

Video, 19-25 years
Countries: Malta and Spain

Article, 15-18 years
Title: Red Meat consumption – an international collaborative research
Countries: Portugal and Israel