Submit your story

The six step process

1. Pick an environmental topic.

2. Pick a Sustainable Development Goal to link your project to.

3. Pick a media type; written, photography, or film.

4. Share your project in at least three places such as an assembly, online blog, or social media.

5. Fill out your submission form.

6. Submit the required form and your project to youngreporters@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

Project Submission Form

Please download and fill out the form when submitting your project.

When creating any sort of visual or audio media, it is very important to ensure you gain permission from anyone who feature in the content.

Any person (subject) in a film, photograph, or audio recording needs to understand how the content will be used, how long it will be be kept for, and how they are protected by data protection law.

Please ensure that you fill out all of the form.

Download submission form

The rules

Written entries

  • Written entries must not exceed 1,000 words 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.
  • Original photographs should also be sent separately.
  • Max. three pictures including infographics are allowed with captions of max. 20 words for each.


  • 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 150 words to explain the link with environmental sustainability and/or a solution to the problem and/or issue. The text attached must make sense of what the story is in relation to the photo.
  • It is NOT mandatory for Campaign photography to attach a short description, but it should tell a story by itself. If an entry includes a short description, it has to follow the same condition as the Reportage photography mentioned above.
  • Photographs must be submitted digitally as .jpg or .png format with a preferable resolution of not 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.

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. The image aims to associate the advertised product and/or firm with certain lifestyles or values.


Two subcategories: Reportage or Campaign

  • Films must be no more than 3 minutes long including credits roll* and in documentary, reporter/interview style (recommended) or public service announcement (PSA) is allowed.
  • A film 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 campaign type of film.

Reportage film based on news, event, history, etc., based on direct observation thorough research and documentation.

Campaign film aims at the advertised product, and/or firm with certain lifestyle, or values.

*It is not mandatory to include a credits roll.


Young Reporters Scotland don't set specific themes for your projects. However, one of the criteria for submission is that it must directly link to at least one Sustainable Development Goal.

Looking for inspiration?

Previous entries

Submission checklist

Before you submit your project to youngreporters@keepscotlandbeautiful.org, make sure you can tick off all the points on the following checklist;

1. My entry is the correct length, size, and format.

2. My entry is about an environmental or sustainability issue that is important to me.

3. My entry has been shared with others through at least three different methods and I can provide evidence of this.

4. My entry is clearly related to at least one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

5. My entry is attached along with my completed submission form.

Young Reporters Scotland gives young people the platform to tell the stories that matter to them because, in the end, it's stories that will inspire change.

Ross Brannigan, National YRE Winner and

International YRE Runner-Up 2019

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