Every April, a national jury selects and awards the top entries in the article, photography, and video categories for 11-14 and 15-18 year-olds in the YRE Canada Eco-journalism Competition.

Below are the criteria that the jury uses when evaluating entries in the photo category. While these criteria are not mandatory, participants are encouraged to try to meet as many of them as possible while working on their projects.

  1. Local investigation
  • A local environmental problem and/or issue has been indentified
  • The local environmental issue was linked to the bigger global picture
  • The work shows investigative skills
  1. Journalistic production
  • The piece is original in its scope or style
  • The participant has picked a challenging topic
  • The image and the caption clearly explain what the issue and solutions are
  • The caption is well written (including no spelling and grammatical errors)
  • The photo is not just “problem oriented.” It also outlines a solution
  • The photo is artistically well done and impactful
  • The photo is technically well done and of high quality
  1. Journalistic production
  • Photos must be original work have a title of not more than 140 characters
  • The image must also have a description of no more than 100 words to explain the link with environmental sustainability and/or a solution to the problem/issue