YRE Criteria

How to participate

Schools can participate by filling in and sending the FEE programmes application form to Nature Trust (Malta).  Any number of students can participate as long as the school is registered.  Students can submit more than one project and can work either individually or in groups.

Programme criteria

The programme has two levels of activity. At the local level the students investigate an environmental problem and report it to the local community via their chosen media (local press, radio, television, conference or exhibition). At the international level the students may cooperate with young reporters from other countries by using the internet to share information and produce joint articles.  Every YRE project must fulfil three objectives:

1) Investigate a local environmental issue and propose a solution

2) Produce a journalistic piece (such as an article, photo, or radio report, etc)

3) Focus on a local audience

The article entries must not exceed 1000 words, and can include photos to help illustrate the arguments. The photo entries (a single photo or a series of 3-5 photos) must be accompanied by a title and a short caption (not longer that 100 words) to explain the link to sustainable issues. The video must be a maximum of 3 minutes and compatible with youtube.


– Projects may be started at any time of the year.

– Projects for competition have to be submitted by the end  of March.

– The local jury will select the national winners by the end of April.

– International winners will be known by the 5th of June, World Environment Day.


A copy of the general criteria can be downloaded from here.


Necessary criteria - Photos

  • Have a title (of not more than 140 characters). Be accompanied by a short caption (2-3 sentences max).

  • Presented as a single photograph or a series of 3-5 photos

  • Be submitted digitally as .jpg, .png, .tif, or .gif format with a resolution of not less than 150-300 dpi. (megapixels).

  • Document specific local sustainable development issues.

  • Nature photography will be accepted only if it highlights a local sustainable development problem or issue.

  • Be accompanied by a brief description (and proof) of how it was disseminated through at least 3 media outlets (including school channels).

Special consideration will be given to photos that:-

  • Address the theme from an original point of view.

  • Are well composed and of technical quality.

  • Clearly convey the intended message.

Necessary criteria - Videos

Any video clip submitted should:

  • Document a local sustainable development issue and may be reporter/interview style (recommended) or public service announcement.

  • Have a title (of not more than 140 characters).

  • Be accompanied by a brief description (and proof) of how it was disseminated through at least 3 media outlets (including school channels).

  • Be of a duration of not more than 3 minutes.

  • Be voiced or subtitled in English.

  • Credit any music and / or pictures used.

  • Be of a high resolution.

  • Not solely composed of a slide shows of images. Such entries will be disqualified.

  • Be in a format that is compatible with YouTube, such as:

·         WebM files - Vp8 video codec and Vorbis Audio codecs

·         .MPEG4, 3GPP and MOV files - Typically supporting h264, mpeg4 video codecs, and AAC audio codec

·         .AVI - Many cameras output this format - typically the video codec is MJPEG and audio is PCM

·         .MPEGPS - Typically supporting MPEG2 video codec and MP2 audio

·         .WMV

·         .FLV - Adobe-FLV1 video codec, MP3 audio

  • Be of good audio quality.

Special consideration will be given to videos that:-

  • Are creative and convey original ideas.

  • Are of high quality and impactful.

  • Include short interviews with key persons.

  • Quote and use real, credible sources.

  • Have an introduction that highlights the issue.

  • Presents different perspectives of the issue.

Necessary Criteria - Article Writing

Each article should:

  •  Have a striking title of not more than 100 characters (max 20 words).

  •  A maximum of 1000 words.

  •  Focus on a local sustainable development issue.

  •  Be structured in a way that has a beginning, a body and a conclusion; and covers the various dimensions of the issue explored.

  •  Be uploaded digitally .pdf format with any accompanying pictures (pictures to be uploaded separately as .jpg, .png, .tif or .gif).

  •  Maximum 3 pictures are allowed and with a caption of max 20 words each.

  •   Be accompanied by a brief description (and proof) of how it was disseminated through at least 3 media outlets (including school channels).

  •  Acknowledge any reference/use of non-original texts, illustrations and photographs.

Special consideration will be given to articles:-

  •  That are supplemented by relevant illustrations and photographs (source of non-original photos mst be given).

  •  That focus on specific local sustainable development issues also presenting a global perspective.

  •  That include opinions from stakeholders, e.g. environmental experts, local inhabitants, officials.

  •  That objectively present different sides of a debate allowing readers to form their own opinion about the issue.

  •  That refer to scientific or statistical reports supported by sources/footnotes.

As from scholastic year 2015 - 2016, students aged 15 - 18 years will have the opportunity to work on a joint project with foreign countries, and write an article between them on any theme they choose.  All the joint projects will be judged in a category on their own; with allocated prizes and incentives. 

Maltese students aged 15 - 18 years who wish to work on a joint project with foreign countries are to contact the National Coordinator.  Links with schools will be provided through the YRE network.  


Contacts: Audrey Gauci

                YRE National Coordinator

                [email protected]