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In the United States, youth between the ages of 11 and 19 are invited to participate in the national Young Reporters for the Environment competition. They may enter as individuals or as part of a class or group. Participants investigate an environmental issue and report on it in writing, photography, or video. Entries must be relevant to participants’ local community, connect to a global perspective, include possible solutions, and be disseminated to an appropriate target audience.

Participants enter in one of three age categories: 11-13, 14-16, and 17-19. They may choose between three different media types:

Writing 
Photography 
Video 

In the event that students working together on a group project fall into both age categories, the entry will be judged in the elder category. 

Submissions are due by March 15, 2018.

The national jury will select winners in each age bracket for each media type. Honors may be given for first, second, and third prize in each category. The jury has the option not to give an award if no submission is found to be deserving, and to give more than one award in the case of multiple exceptional entries.

First-place winners in each category will continue to the international competition.

Submitting your work to YRE-USA gives the National Wildlife Federation and the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) the non-exclusive right to promote and use the submission in online and print publications. Credit will always be given to the author.

You, as the author, are responsible for securing any necessary permissions. For example, you would need permission to include copyrighted material (words, images, music) in your piece or to photograph or videotape children.

Rules for Submission, along with entry forms and judging criteria, will be available in December. 

2017-2018 CALENDAR

March 15, 2018
Submissions due for U.S. competition

May 1, 2018
National winners announced.
First-place winners progress to international level.

June 5, 2018
International winners announced (World Environment Day)

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