Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) is a program designed to empower young people to take a stand on environmental issues they feel strongly about and give them a platform to to express these issues through the media of writing, photography or video.

The program offers enthusiastic young people a chance to have their voices heard through high-quality journalistic work. The ultimate goal of these Young Reporters is to identify environmental injustices, highlight solutions and involve the appropriate authorities to address the environmental issues.

YRE is currently active in more than 42 countries worldwide and is still growing!

How does YRE work?

YRE is a world-wide competition for students aged 11 to 25 years old.

Students are asked to pick an environmental topic relating to litter, waste or environmental pollution, investigate it, and then report on it using one of three categories: writing, photography or film.

They are also be required to plan an environmental campaign or community action day where students will share their ideas and projects to raise awareness of an environmental issue within the wider school and community. This can be an assembly or exhibition of works!

Group Categories
  • Individual
  • Group
  • International collaborators

Age Categories*

  • Under 7s **
  • 7-8 years **
  • 8 to 10 years**
  • 11 to 14 years
  • 15 to 18 years
  • 19 to 25 years

* The participants age when they submit their entry to the National Competition. If groupwork, the eldest participants age determines which range you select.

** These age groups will only be eligible for a National Competition and cannot be considered for International entries.