Young Reporters for the Environment Litter Less Campaign is an international journalism competition run in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy on behalf of FEE (The Foundation for Environmental Education). It empowers young people between 11-25 to take a stand on a global fight against litter and articulate these issues through writing, photography and video.

We are delighted to announce the national winning entries in Wales for 2019 are:

  • Article 11-14 years - the winning entry by Eliza Butler- Jenkins from Ysgol Coedcae School focused on Llanelli’s litter issue. Her article highlighted plastic pollution on Llanelli beach and its effect on wildlife. Read the full article here.
  • Article 15-18 - Llantwit Youth Council investigated areas surrounding their local school and leisure centres and suggested changes the local community could do to improve the litter problem. Read the full article here.

  • Photography 11-14 - Phoenix Collins, from Tenby Youth Club submitted a photograph titled “Drowning in plastic in Tenby” which raised concerns of the number of plastic inflatables sold along the sea front. See the photograph here here.

  • Photography 19-25 - Harriet Sleight, who volunteers on Skomer Island, submitted a photograph showing the plastic collected during a beach clean which is a contrast to beautiful seascape and island behind. View it here.

  • Film 11-14 Lucas Rees, Donovan Jones, Freddy O’Carrol from Llantwit School created a campaign style video called “Plastic Isn’t a Nice Food.” View it here.

  • Film 15-18 - Vignaxi Kapdee, St Illtyd’s Catholic High School focused on the growing waste from electrical equipment and its’ effects on our environment. View it here


Ed Rees, Geography teacher at Llantwit Major School said;

I felt pupils were really engaged and independent in their approach to finding a local story and evaluating local solutions to the plastic problem.

The winners Lucas Rees, Donovan Jones, Freddy O’Carrol from Llantwit School said;

We really enjoyed going out into Llantwit and finding out what people really felt about the plastic problem. It was much better than just staying in school learning about it. It helped us realise that there are so many people who care about the environment in Llantwit Major!

Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales one of the judges on the national YRE jury said;

It has been a real pleasure to be part of the judging panel discovering some of Wales ‘most talented young environmental reporters and photographers.

I have been really inspired by the brilliant entries that reflect how passionate young people are about taking action on plastic pollution and other waste. The entries explored solutions to a global problem from a local perspective, by involving the community and raising awareness of the terrible consequences litter has on our wildlife, marine life and landscape, and how we can all play a part in being a globally responsible Wales.

Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy said;

We were delighted to see many aspiring young journalists around the country using their creative skills to raise awareness of waste and litter and demonstrate how everyone can help locally to deal with a global problem.


For more information on the Young Reporters for the Environment programme, visit or follow @YREWales

Newyddiadurwyr buddugol dyfodol Cymru 2019