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 3-5 photos, or Video that will be submitted to the competition as a collaborative effort. Submissions must represent both/all partners countries.

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...

Pollution, Biodiversity loss and Climate change are this year’s recommended themes for International Collaboration. However, participants are invited to link these issues to any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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 3-5 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/university. 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. Because this is a project for a group of students, we require the group submit their entry in the age category of the oldest group member.

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 for article, photo reportage of 3-5 photos and video.


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