Scottish young reporters commended

At a ceremony in our Stirling office on 30 March we celebrated the success of the finalists and winners of the 2016/17 Young Reporters Scotland competition.

Young Reporters Scotland is a programme which inspires young people to increase their knowledge and awareness of economic, social and environmental issues and gives them a platform to express their views.

Winner of the 11-14 category - Amanda Amaeshi, who attends Dollar Academy

Amanda, aged 12, won her award for a well-researched and informative account of food waste. Her written submission, titled The Food Waste Crisis, highlighted the causes and potential solutions to the problem. She won an Amazon Fire tablet

Winner of the 15-18 category - April Hutchinson who attends Glasgow Kelvin College

April, aged 17, won her award for a photography submission which focussed upon beach cleaning efforts. Her entry to the competition was an image of local volunteers undertaking a litter pick at Cramond Beach, organised by the Marine Conservation Society. She captured the efforts of residents working together to clean up their area and her imagery celebrated the enthusiastic volunteers from across Scotland who help to protect the environment.  April, won a GoPro Hero Session camera.

Finalists were also commended for their entries, including:

- Louise Cairney, aged 11, for her Geeko-Eko blog which focuses on nature and plants.  She won a family ticket donated by Edinburgh Zoo.

- Lanark Grammar School Geography Club for a report on climate change which investigated the impacts on the environment and people.

- Uddingston Grammar School's Eco Club for its account of biodiversity activities in the local area to improve habitat for bees and birds.

All entries also won t-shirts and Young Scot points.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented: “Young Reporters Scotland provides young people from across Scotland the opportunity to become further engaged in the environmental issues that are closest to their hearts and minds.

“We are proud to support this programme and help all entrants develop an understanding of the challenges facing Scotland’s environment. All of the submissions this year are fantastic examples of investigative journalism and it is clear that there is significant interest in helping to address and raise awareness of Scotland’s environmental challenges.”

Young Reporters Scotland is part of the international Young Reporters for the Environment programme run in 35 countries around the world.  It is coordinated internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education and managed in Scotland by us.

The winning entries have now been submitted to the international competition which will be judged in May.

30 March 2017

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