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An article about Nonsuch Island, written by a Somersfield Academy student, has been shortlisted for an international awards (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Some winning entries in a competition on reporting about marine pollution have been submitted to a global contest.

The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute held the island’s first national Young Reporters for the Environment competition, which attracted entries from schools around the island.

A spokeswoman for BUEI said this year’s theme of exposing marine pollution, aligned with the contest’s message worldwide.

YRE provides a platform for 11 to 25-year-olds to develop their reporting skills while researching environmental issues.

Winning entries

Environmental campaign photos

Sophie Eden, 11, from Warwick Academy – Happiness Ahead

Caitlyn Glawdwin, 15, from the Bermuda High School for Girls – Washed away

Anthony Buckley, 24, from the Bermuda College – War for a dying planet

Photo story

Josiah Darrell, 20, from the Bermuda College – What motivates you to want to protect nature and the ocean?

Single reportage photo

Lailah Parker-Smith, Age 11, from Whitney Institute – A golf ball with a smile

Yeshai Burgess, Age 17, from The Berkeley Institute – The world in plastic


Zoe Mir, 13, from Somersfield Academy – Plastic pollution on Nonsuch Island, the home of the endangered cahows (shortlisted for an international award)

Asia Robinson, 18, from the Bermuda College – The plastic plague: confronting the devastating impact of marine pollution

Environmental campaign video

Francis Patton Primary School (honourable mention)

Students entered written work, photographs and videos in this year’s contest and some winning entries were submitted to a global competition.

One article, Plastic pollution on Nonsuch Island, the home of the endangered cahows, written by 13-year-old Somersfield Academy student Zoe Mir, has been shortlisted for an international award.

Joanne Ball Burgess, the BUEI programme educator, said: “We are proud of all the submissions and national winners for YRE this year.

“Zoe’s shortlisted article represents our island on a worldwide scale and hopefully serves as encouragement for our young environmental journalists.”

Judges for the Bermuda competition included Weldon Wade, from Guardians of the Reef; Jeremy Deacon, News Editor at The Royal Gazette; Michelle St Jane, representing the organisation Our World Too; and Shana Hollis, chair of the Bermuda Arts Council.

To learn more about this year’s winners, visit www.buei.bm/yre-competition.

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Published June 09, 2023 at 7:51 am (Updated June 14, 2023 at 9:50 pm)

Winners of marine reporting competition announced

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