The Drugs.ie ‘Let’s Talk about Drugs’ National Youth Media Awards is an annual competition which encourages the discussion of drug-related issues by inviting young people to produce a piece of original content relating to drugs and/or alcohol.
The competition encourages young people between the ages of 12-25 to get creative and make either an audio, poster, article or video entry about drugs or alcohol that can be used to educate their peers.
The age categories are 12-14, 15-17, 18-21 and 22-25. The competition is supported by the HSE, The Department of Health, The Ana Liffey Drug Project and Healthy Ireland.
Four themes are chosen by the organisers based on drug and alcohol-related issues. This year there are separate themes and prizes for 12-17 year olds and 18-25 year olds.
The themes for 12-14 and 15-17 year old’s for the 2018 competition are:
1. Talk about – cannabis and the risks
2. Talk about – underage drinking and the risks
The themes for 18-21 and 22-25 year old’s for the 2018 competition are:
1. Club drugs – What are the risk?
2. Performance image enhancing drugs – What are the risks?
If you are working on creating an Audio entry, please listen to last years overall winning entry “Take Your Mask Off” from Coláiste Eoin in the 12-14 Age Category here:
If you are working on creating an Article entry, please find attached:
5 tips for creating an article for Media Awards Competition by Ciaran Darcy.
If you are working on creating a Poster entry, here are previous winners!
The 2017 winning poster in the 12-14 age category by Honeya-Butt
The 2017 winning poster in the 15-17 age category by Emily Miller
The 2016 winning poster in the 12 -14 age category by Emily McAlindan
The 2016 winning poster in the 15-17 age category by Lena Boetcherr
The 2016 winning poster in the 22-25 age category by Alison Cahill
If you are working on creating a Video entry, please take a look at:
2017 12-14 Winner Clare Youth Service
2017 15-17 Runner-Up: Pippa Moloney
2016 – 12-14 Winner: St David’s CBS
2016 -15-17 Overall Winner: Kell’s Youthreach
2015 -12-14 Winner Blaze Youth Club
2015 – 18-21 Winner Cherry Orchard Youth Project
Winners from the four age categories will receive a €250 One4All gift card and the overall winner will receive a prize of €1,000 One4All gift cards. Winners will also have their work published on drugs.ie.
You will find full competition details, information, recommended research sites and examples of previous winners at www.drugs.ie/awards .
Please feel free to contact me on the number below or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions in relation to the competition.
Entrants are welcome to enter the competition multiple times through different categories or by exploring new ideas.