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Posted on Tue 02 Jul 2019

Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) 2019 Winners Celebrated

Ards and North Down Borough Council hosted this year’s YRE winners in Bangor where the students received their awards, completed an exercise on the SDGs, took part in a litter pick and visited the sea bin in Bangor Marina.

 20 schools participated in YRE in NI this year with the support of the Wrigley Litter Less. We were really impressed with the entries submitted to the competition, reflecting the many excellent actions being taken on litter and waste in these schools.

 National winners in the competition were:

Video 15-18, 1st place – St Mary’s Christian Brothers’ Grammar School

Video 11-14, 1st place – Belfast Royal Academy

Video 11-14, 2nd place – St Louise’s Comprehensive College

Video 11-14, 3rd place – St Dominic’s High School

Video 11-14, Honourable Mention – New Bridge Integrated College


Written 11-14 1st place – St Louise’s Comprehensive College

Written 11-14 2nd place – St Mary’s Christian Brothers’ Grammar

Written 11-14 3rd place - Wallace High School


Photo 11-14 1st place – Wallace High School 

From thousands of entries submitted to national YRE Competitions in 36 countries this year, the top 200 finalists reached the International YRE Competition 2019. This is the largest number of entries YRE International has ever received, highlighting the growing movement of youth voices and the global interest in the YRE programme

 The awarded entries reflect some of the very best work carried out by YRE students from around the world. The International Jury was very impressed with the students’ choice of interesting local topics, including their reflection on the links to the Sustainable Development Goals as well as their skills on investigative journalism and critical thinking.

We were delighted Northern Ireland had an International winning entry for the second year running from Wallace High School – Josh and Max Kamalarajah, with their photo entry ‘It’s time to wake up to the problem of plastic.’ 

Congratulations to the boys for winning an international prize for the second year running. 

All the International winners can be found here.

Read an interview from FEE with Josh and Max about their win here.