Toronto, ON – This Earth Day, Environmental Defence is pleased to announce the winners of its annual national youth eco-journalism competition. This year’s winners are all from the GTA.
Open to youth ages 11–14 and 15-18, the competition, hosted by Environmental Defence’s YRE Canada program, is an opportunity for young people to contribute an article, photo or video about environmental issues that affects us all: litter and waste management.
“The YRE Canada program is more than just a competition. It is an opportunity for youth to get involved and make a difference in their communities,” said Stephanie Kohls from Environmental Defence. “By using their photography, videography and writing talents to think critically and investigate solutions to share with their peers, these students act as agents of change.”
Here’s the list of this year’s winners:
Ages 11-14
Elise Zheng & Alexandra Manalo
Grade: 7
School: St. Henry Catholic School (Scarborough)
Category: Video
Nicole Taylor & Anna Topacio
Grade: 7 & 8
School: St. Henry Catholic School (Scarborough)
Category: Photo
Mehakdeep Kaur Khela
Grade: 7
Sir John A. MacDonald Middle School (Brampton)
Category: Article
Ages 15-18
Hannah Mittelstaedt
Grade: 12
Subway Academy One (Toronto)
Category: Video
Shahal Ahmed
Grade: 12
W.A Porter Collegiate (Scarborough)
Category: Photo
Allison Gacad
Grade: 11
St. John Paul II Catholic Secondary School (Toronto)
Category: Article
The winners will receive a laptop, digital SLR camera or video camera; $500 cash for their school for an environmental initiative; and will have their entries published online.  They will also be invited to participate in an all-expense paid eco-journalism workshop taking place in Toronto this May.
They will also go on to compete in the international Young Reporters for the Environment competition. Each year, the Young Reporters for the Environment competition —an international program by The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)—receives hundreds of submissions from 25 countries. The winners of the international competition will be announced in June.
For more information about the 2015 YRE Canada National Competition, and to see the winning submissions, please visit youngreporters.ca.
ABOUT YRE CANADA (youngreporters.ca ): YRE Canada is a national environmental education program that gives youth the opportunity to be part of the solution by producing creative and engaging environmental journalism. The program is run by Environmental Defence and is sponsored by the Wrigley Foundation.
ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
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For more information, images or interview requests, please contact:
Jen Mayville, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 228; jmayville@environmentaldefence.ca.