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Participation Requirements

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. Participants investigate an environmental issue and report on it using journalistic techniques in either 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. The category is determined by the participant's age on the day the entry is submitted to the national competition. Submissions may be authored by an individual student or a group of students working together (maximum of 4 students per group). 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. Participants may submit more than one piece to the competition. Any student under the age of 13 (whether participating as an individual or as part of a group) must submit a parental/legal guardian consent form before submitting an entry.

Pieces must be entered into a single category (article, photo, or video). However, if a group of students wishes to work on a topic together and incorporate several media types, it is possible to include photos in an article, or to submit both an article and a video on the same topic, as an example.  

Students may choose between three different media types:


Submissions are due by February 22, 2019.

The national jury will select winners in each age bracket for each media type. Honors will 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.

Submit an Entry

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.

To submit an entry, students must use one of the following forms (Google Fillable Form):

In the event that a student does not have access to Google forms, please download and complete the appropriate PDF and email it to

2018-2019 CALENDAR

February 22, 2019   Submissions due for U.S. competition
April 10, 2019 National winners announced. First-place winners progress to international level.
June 5, 2019 International winners announced (World Environment Day)

Submission Requirements 

Participants must follow the steps outlined in the attached document in order for an entry to qualify for the YRE-USA competition.

Judging Criteria

Criteria that will be used to judge your submission can be found here.

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