SAYEN Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) Contest – India

SAYEN Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) Contest – India

Deadline: January 30, 2015

The South Asia Youth Environment Network (SAYEN) invites applications for the contest, Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE). YRE is an international programme in partnership with Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) for youth, which aims at educating youth for sustainable development through environmental journalism. YRE India Participants will investigate environmental issues and problems and report on them through written, photographic or video journalism, wherever possible proposing solutions.

Supporting our Prime Minister’s vision of a clean India, SAYEN, Paryavaran Mitra and CEE have launched the I am Swachh, I am Swasthh Campaign from 14th November, 2014 and that is also the theme for the YRE India contest. Young participants are invited to submit reports on the theme of ‘I am Swachh, I am Swasthh’.

Objectives: Investigate, Propose Solutions, Report

Winners from all 3 reporting categories will stand to win exciting prizes and certificates from SAYEN.


  • The contest is open to Indians only
  • Youth aged 11-21 years are invited to participate

Contest Categories:

‘I am swachh, I am swasthh Selfie’

Click a Selfie/Humfie/Groupfie which best justifies the philosophy of ‘I am swachh, I am swasthh’. It could be a selfie with:

  • You in front of garbage in your locality/site which needs cleaning
  • People participating in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, using a broom to clean their house/school/office/institute.
  • Volunteers spreading awareness about cleanliness.
  • Before and after selfies with cleaned up spot.
  • Selfie with municipal sweeper, etc. on job, cleaning your city

These are just a few examples, you can innovate with other selfies and share them with us along with a 50 word description of why you took that selfie.

Reports: The reports can be in any of the 3 formats below. The focus of the reports has to be on one of the following:

  1. Problem: This report should be about a cleanliness related environmental issue near you. It could be something you see on your way to college everyday, or an issue in the locality you live in. Remember to investigate the root cause of the issue and make the report objectively.
  2. Solution: This report should be about a solution to a cleanliness related environmental problem by the local community or an initiative which has had a positive environmental impact. Remember that the initiative reported should be motivational, so that the reader may be motivated to do something similar or join the initiative.

Written: A 500 word story.

Sound Note or video report: You also have the option of submitting a sound note or a video report. The sound note should not exceed 1 minute and video should not exceed 3 minutes in duration.

For more information, visit Young Reporters for the Environment India Contest.