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      WELCOME To

      Young Environment Protectors

      YEP is a High School Art Competition open to Northern Rivers students, presenting them with an opportunity to creatively express their concerns and hopes for the future of their environment.

      2020 WINNERS

      Djanangmum (Casino) on Fire , painting

      Casino Christian School

      Year 9 & 10 student collaboration: Emily Edwards, Shayla Duffy, Lucy Clark, Isabelle James

      Teacher: Johny Woolley 

      This is Rubbish , photography

      Kingscliff High School

      Year 10 student collaboration: Ashi Hilmer, Ella Cooper, Amber Charilaou, Sabine Rishton-Potter

      Teacher: Andrew Jovaisa

      Biodiversity , mixed media

      Murwillumbah High School

      Year 9 student: Tayha Martin

      Teacher: Bev Cooke


      Biodiversity , drawing

      Cape Byron Steiner School

      Year 9 & 10 student collaboration: Arlia, Savannah, Krystal, Brianna, Lily, Hannah, Jarrah

      Teacher: Claire Sleeman

      Fire and Destruction , digital art

      Kadina High Campus of The Rivers Secondary College

      Year 10 student: Jack Finley

      Teacher: Harry Witt

      Tomorrows Today , sculpture

      Casino High School

      Year 10 student collaboration: Holly Vout, Isabella Ennever, Stephanie Choi, Lachlan McNeill, Brianna Stewart, Sophie McGregor, Curtis Gill, Shaun West, Paige Ebert

      Teacher: Justine Barratt

      Save Our Environment , painting

      Lismore High Campus of The Rivers Secondary College

      Year 9 student: Maddison Stanford-King

      Teacher: Sharon Templeton

      Earth , painting

      Home school

      Year 9 student: Maybelle McDonald

      Teacher: Winona Burgett

      Inspiring Patron:

      Holley Somerville-Knott – http://tellsomeonewhocares.org

      Originator & Facilitator of YEP:

      Tony Barry, drawing on 50 years experience in the Creative Arts and Activism. See bio.

      Competition Objectives:

      • To encourage Year 9 and 10 students to challenge inactivity where the future of our environment is at stake.
      • To enlist the support of the schools to further these creative endeavours.


      About Young Environment Protectors

      Our Vision:

      A world where the concerns of our young citizens are seen and heard.


      Our Values:

      • We value the opinions of our young people on their environment.
      • We value the capacity of our young people to influence environmental policy outcomes.
      • We value the input of our young people in the conversations which will determine their future.

        Background: The Past & the Future

        A pilot program ran successfully at the Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall in 2017. Participating schools were Byron High, Mullumbimby High, Byron Steiner, Shearwater Steiner, Lismore High and Nimbin High. The competition will be extended state-wide and then nationally.

        Byron Bay High School

        Byron Life Magazine

        Acknowlegement of Country

        YEP acknowledges the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to Elders past, present and emerging.

        Who Can Enter?

        The entry criteria for the High School’s Environment Art Competition:

        •  Year 9 and Year 10 students in all Northern Rivers High Schools
        •   Schools can select and contribute One entry per high school 
        •  Student collaboration is required to create the entry

        Art Work Eligibility:

        • The chosen art form may include writing, poetry, dance, drama, music, visual arts, such as painting, drawing, photography, film, sculpture, etc. or any combination of these art forms.
        • The format of the artwork must be uploadable in the form of an image, document or video or audio file. Accepted formats are jpeg, doc, pdf, mp3, mp4, mov.
        • The environmental topic for the students piece will be chosen by the students.
        • Original artwork.

        Closing Date for Submissions: end of October


        Copyright will be retained by the school students and we will require a release form to exhibit their work on the YEP website, to encourage the next stages of the competition as it’s rolled out statewide and nationally.

          Judging and Prizes:

          The prize monies of $3,000 ($1,000 1st prize, $1,000 2nd prize, $1,000 3rd prize) can be kept by the winning student/s or will be used for an environmental initiative of their choice, which will remain in the school in their name – decisions to be made by students of winning project in conversation with their school. 


          Highly Commended Awards:

          Will each receive four inspiring environmental documentaries donated by Ronin Films


          Bonus Gift: 

          Every participating High School will receive a quality map of Australia illustrating the original indigenous tribes and language groups.



          Robert Bleakley – The  Founder and CEO of Sotheby’s Australia, Chairman of Pathways Foundation.

          Virginia Reid – Local Teaching Artist

          Lewis de Vere Tyndall – Co-Founder of GreenCollar.com.au


          Ross Bishop – Ross Bishop and Associates, Melbourne Quality Assurance and Environmental Management Consulting.

          Delta Kay, Santos Organics, Southern Cross Credit Union, Ronin Films

          Obi McDonald-Saint, Stroma Lawson, Pete Castaldi, Jeremy Upton, Dani Myers, Don & Jenny Blake, Knitting Nanas, Rod Halstead, Alan Hargraves, Michael Hennessy, Greg & Sanita Aitken, Adam Shostak.