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COMPETITION RULES & JUDGING CRITERIA

The YRE Litter Less competition is open to students aged 11-25 who are enrolled at a school, Youth Group or University that has registered with Keep New Zealand Beautiful to run the YRE Litter Less programme.

Students may work individually or in a group of up to three people and may submit a piece in each of the three categories.

Submissions for the national YRE New Zealand Competition can be entered online at www.yre.org.nz.

The competition deadline is midnight Friday 31 July 2020.

COMPETITION RULES

  1. The piece must investigate a local issue relating to plastic litter, propose possible solutions through an expert or different local stakeholders, and report the findings through writing, photos or video.

Additionally, see specific rules below for each YRE category.

Submissions must include:

  1. The name of the author(s)
  2. Their age on the day of submission to the National Competition
  3. The name of their registered school or group
  4. The submissions must also:
  • be the correct length, size and format, etc. See specific guidelines for Articles, Photographs and Videos below.
  • be submitted in written or spoken English, or have English subtitles in the case of a video.
  • be focused on a pertinent (real and current) local issue related to plastic litter.
  • concentrate on possible solutions or present existing possible solutions, using the knowledge of different local stakeholders or experts (for article and video submissions)
  • have been disseminated to local audiences through at least three different outlets. It is mandatory to supply evidence of dissemination by providing links or pictures.
  • have accreditation and have permission for usage of the pictures and music which are not original and used in the Article and the Video.
  • include information about chosen SDG(s), with an explanation of how the submission addresses the link between the topic and the chosen Goal(s).

Additionally, see specific rules below for each YRE category.

Article:

  • Written submissions must not exceed 1,000 words (after translation) in length and may include illustrations and photographs. The source of all non-original illustrations and photographs must be given.
  • An article must be accompanied by a title of not more than 140 characters.
  • Articles must be sent digitally in Microsoft Word or .pdf format with accompanying pictures following the photographic guidelines below.
  • Original photographs should also be sent separately (see in what format under photographs below).
  • Max. three pictures including infographics are allowed with captions of max. 20 words for each.

Photograph:

Three thematic categories:

  • Single photo reportage
  • Single photo campaign
  • Photo reportage consisting of 3-5 photos
  1. Single photo reportage
    • A single photograph must be submitted
    • A photograph must be accompanied by a title of not more than 140 characters
    • It is mandatory for Reportage photography to attach a short description of no more than 100 words introduction to explain the link with environmental sustainability and/or a solution to the issue and short complimentary caption under the photo with 20 words maximum. The text attached must make sense of what the story is in relation to the photo. The text should give the context, the photo should tell the story.
    • Photographs must be submitted digitally as .jpg or .png format with a preferable resolution of no less than 150-300 dpi.

Reportage photography, or what’s also known as documentary photography, is a photographic style that captures a moment or event in a narrative fashion, i.e., images that tell a story. These photos must not be posed, nor the scene manipulated in any way.

  1. Single photo campaign
    • A single photograph must be submitted without caption
    • A photograph must be accompanied by a title of not more than 140 characters
    • Photographs must be submitted digitally as .jpg or .png format with a preferable resolution of no less than 150-300 dpi.

Campaign photography, or experimental photography described as using alternative techniques. A photographer who does experimental photography uses techniques that are not common with usual photography or digital photography. It is a type of staged photo in which the photographer controls every aspect of the photo and when you pose the subject. The image aims at a particular lifestyle or value and uses persuasive techniques to promote the author՚s point of view.

  1. Photo reportage consisting of 3-5 photos
    • A photo series of maximum 3-5 photos must be submitted
    • A photograph must be accompanied by a title of not more than 140 characters
    • It is mandatory for Reportage photography to attach a short description of no more than 50 words introduction to explain the link with environmental sustainability and/or a solution to the issue and short complimentary caption under each of the photos with 20
      words maximum. The text attached must make sense of what the story is in relation to the photo. The text should give the context, the photo should tell the story.
    • Photographs must be submitted digitally as .jpg or .png format with a preferable resolution of no less than 150-300 dpi.

Reportage photography/Photostory, or what’s also known as documentary photography, is a photographic style that captures a moment or event in a narrative fashion in a series of photos, i.e., images that tell a story. These photos must not be posed nor the scene manipulated in any way.

Video

Two subcategories: Reportage and Campaign.

  • Videos must be no more than 3 minutes long including credits roll* and in documentary, reporter/interview style (recommended) or as a public service announcement (PSA).
  • A video must be accompanied by a title (not more than 140 characters).
  • The format must be compatible with supported YouTube file formats.
  • Background music is only recommended for the campaign type of video.

Reportage videos are based on news, events, history, etc., based on direct observation through research and documentation.

Campaign videos aim at a particular lifestyle or value and use persuasive techniques to
promote the author's point of view.

*It is not mandatory to include credits roll.

Judging Criteria

Judges may assign a score of 0-5 based on how well the submission meets the five criteria listed below. Points are: 5, Excellent; 4, Very Well; 3, Well; 2, Fairly Well; 1, Qualified; and if it does not qualify 0 points. Participants are encouraged to meet as many of these additional criteria as possible to improve their work and chances of winning. It is not, however, compulsory to meet these criteria.

  1. Composition i.e. form, structure and quality
    • The submission should be well structured and, in the case of articles and videos, meet the basic journalistic criteria of who, what, where, why, when, and how.
    • The article or video should have a beginning, middle and end.
    • In the case of photographs and video, the photo/video should be well made both technically and artistically. Successful entries are well composed, of high quality and impactful.
  2. Fair, balanced and objective reporting
    • The submission (article or reportage video) should be balanced and fair in terms of representing different sides of an argument prior to offering a suggestion of potential solution.
    • The quotes used should be from real, credible, sources.
    • Scientific or statistical reporting should be accurate and supported by sources/footnotes.
    • The photograph or video is a fair representation of reality, and the subject or object has not been manipulated. Editorial alterations to photos or videos (including but not limited to colour, contrast, definition, shadows, highlights, cropping, levelling, etc.) are permissible, as long as these alterations do NOT alter the reality of the subject or object of the photo/video.
  3. Informative and well researched
    • The submission has to cover relevant historical, economic, social and/or political implications and possible consequences.
    • It has to make a link to the bigger global picture.
    • The solution presented has to be thoroughly explained, well-argued and justified.
    • The use of illustrations, pictures, supporting paragraphs, subtitles, etc., has to be thought through.
  4. Originality, style and independence
    • The piece is original in its scope or style i.e. has the participant picked a challenging topic or created an innovative or moving piece.
    • The participants should leave the school grounds i.e. engage in field work and interview people in person as well as on the telephone, not just use or quote online sources.
  5. Dissemination
    • Dissemination through minimum of three media outlets/events including internal school channels.
    • Participants need to state the dissemination (type of media outlet etc.) that has been done.

In addition, the Jury is at liberty not to award in the case of too few submissions and to give more than one award in the case of exceptional entries in one or more age categories. The Jury will also give points to journalistic and environmental aspects of the submissions based on their professional backgrounds.

DECLARATION OF CONSENT FOR PROCESSING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION AND USE OF VIDEO/PHOTO/ARTICLE SUBMITTED
When signing up to this competition, you agree that we can process your personal data provided in this submission form and given to us during the competition. We process the data so that we can register your participation, judge the submission, save what you have submitted and publish your submission.

Necessary permission, e.g., for photographing children faces are the responsibility of the author and must, therefore, be sought. All submissions will be saved in our archives and used by KNZB and the FEE network to promote the winners and the programme.
You always have the option to withdraw your consent and your submission to the competition.

The Data Controllers are:

Keep New Zealand Beautiful, 3/1 Bishop Dunn Place, Flatbush, Auckland, New Zealand, 09 264 1434, education@knzb.org.nz

Foundation for Environmental Education, Scandiagade 13, 2450 Copenhagen SV, Denmark, +45 70 22 24 27 info@fee.global

IMPORTANT

Please ensure all entries follow legal requirements for copyright.  For more information regarding copyright please click here. For full terms and conditions of the YRE competition please click here.

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