Calling All Canadian Youth

Be a voice for our Environment:

YRE Canada inspires youth to seek out solutions to environmental issues in their communities and to share their findings through writing, photography, or video.

It is part of Young Reporters for the Environment – an international program by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

Share your story

Do you have a passion for the environment and enjoy writing stories, taking photos, or making videos? Then this is for you! Every year, YRE Canada’s national competition looks for the best environmental journalism by youth in Canada.

The 2016 YRE Canada National Competition is now closed. The 2017 YRE Canada National Competition will launch in October 2016.  It’s not too early to start on your submission. Check out our resources for tips to help you craft your next big environmental story.

Previous Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2016 YRE Canada National Competition. This year, youth from across the country investigated solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and shared their findings through video, photography, or writing. Take a look at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries below.

First Place Winners

Ages 15-18

Mymoon Bhuiyan

Satec @ W.A. Porter Collegiate Institute (Scarborough, ON)

Category: video

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Ages 11-14

Parvin Malhi, Khushi Bimbrahw and Abnash Bassi

Seaquam Secondary School (Delta, BC)

Category: video

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Ages 15-18

Sonya Cestra

Emily Carr Secondary School (Vaughan, On)

Category: article

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Ages 11-14

Sarah Goodstadt

Palermo Public School (Oakville, ON)

Category: article

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Ages 15-18

Pranav Agnihotri, Sarvan Gill, and Dryden Wiebe

Seaquam Secondary School (Delta, BC)

Category: photo

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Ages 11-14

Ashley Kelly

Palermo Public School (Oakville, ON)

Category: photo

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Congratulations to all the winners of the 2016 YRE Canada National Competition. This year, youth from across the country investigated solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and shared their findings through video, photography, or writing. Take a look at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries below.

Second Place Winners

Ages 15-18

Henri Chevalier

Harrison Trimble High School (Moncton, NB)

Category: article

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Ages 11-14

Nishat Chowdhury

Don Valley Junior High School (Toronto, ON)

Category: article

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Ages 15-18

Blaise Matlock

Bloor Collegiate Institute (Toronto, ON)

Category: photo

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Ages 11-14

Anna Topacio and Caroline Hanna

St. Henry Catholic School (Scarborough, ON)

Category: photo

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Ages 15-18

Roha Iqbal and Salma Sahak

Don Valley Junior High School (Toronto, ON)

Category: video

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Ages 11-14

Jalen Chambers

Palermo Public School (Oakville, ON)

Category: video

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Congratulations to all the winners of the 2016 YRE Canada National Competition. This year, youth from across the country investigated solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and shared their findings through video, photography, or writing. Take a look at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries below.

Third Place Winners

Ages 15-18

Isabella Margerin

Bloor Collegiate Institute (Toronto, ON)

Category: article

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Ages 11-14

Kelly Lee and Allyson Li

St. Henry Catholic School (Scarborough, ON)

Category: article

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Ages 15-18

Stephen Gray

Ursula Franklin Academy (Toronto, ON)

Category: photo

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Ages 11-14

Aiden Redmond

Treeline Public School (Brampton, ON)

Category: photo

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Ages 15-18

Josette Joseph

John Paul II Catholic Secondary School (Ajax, ON)

Category: video

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Ages 11-14

Jasmine Tong and Victoria Zeng

St. Henry Catholic School (Scarborough, ON)

Category: video

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Congratulations to the Canadian entries that placed in the top three in the 2016 international Young Reporters for the Environment competition. This prestigious competition, organized by the Foundation for Environmental Education, receives entries every year from more than 25 countries around the world.

International Winners

Ages 15-18

Mymoon Bhuiyan

Satec @ W.A. Porter Collegiate Institute (Scarborough, ON)

Category: video - 3rd place

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Ages 11-14

Sarah Goodstadt

Palermo Public School (Oakville, ON)

Category: article - 2nd place

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"I loved YRE because it allowed me to investigate an environmental problem through research and interviews."

- Max Erenberg, Young Reporter for the Environment

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Instructional Videos

Need some help crafting your next big environmental story? These videos and guides give easy-to-follow tips on writing, photography and video.

Writing 101

Photography 101

Videography 101

Young Reporters Handbooks

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Writing Handbook

16 pages of tips on writing about the environment.

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Photographers Handbook

16 pages on how to take great photos of the natural world.

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Videographers Handbook

Guide to filming like an environmental journalist.

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