About the competition
What's it all about?
The Drugs.ie 'Let's Talk about Drugs' National Youth Media Awards is an annual competition which encourages discussion of drug-related issues by inviting young people to produce a piece of original content relating to drug and/or alcohol use.
About the competition: Information for teachers
Download the document in the below link for more information.
How to enter
- Read the Tips on entering and Terms and conditions before you begin planning and working on an entry. These contain important information on the structure and submission of entries.
- Pick a theme (see 'Themes for 2017' below)
- Conduct your research - see Tips on entering for research suggestions.
- Create a piece of original content, based on your chosen theme, in one of the following formats: (a) News article; (b) Video/animation; (c) Audio recording; (d) Poster design.
- Submit your entry along with a completed entry form. See the Enter the competition page for further details.
Age categories for entries are: 12-14; 15-17; 18-21; 21-25.
Entries will be accepted as a group project or an individual entry. Entrants can enter the competition as many times as they like by entering different formats on one or both themes OR by participating in a group project and submitting an individual entry.
Themes for 2017
- Theme 1: Why do some young people use drugs?
- Theme 2: What impact does alcohol have on relationships?
Deadlines & prizes
Get your entry to us by MARCH 1st 2017 and be in with a chance to win the overall prize of €2000 and have your work published on the Drugs.ie website or broadcast! All age category winners also receive an iPad Mini and a certificate.
Judging will take place in March 2017. It is anticipated that the awards ceremony will be held in April 2017 in Dublin.
The Irish Times Student Hub
As part of The Irish Times’ involvement for the 2017 awards, winning entries will be considered for publication on the Irish Times Student Hub site.
The Audi Dublin International Film Festival
A selection of previous years videos will be shown as part of the festival in February 2017.
Funders and supporters
We are grateful to the following for their support in 2017: The HSE National Social Inclusion Office; The Drug Programmes and Policy Unit in the Department of Health; Healthy Ireland; and The Ana Liffey Drug project.
The Let's Talk about Drugs Media Awards was developed as a local competition by Greater Blanchardstown Response to Drugs in 2007. Since 2014 the initiative has been further developed as a national competition and is now managed by The Ana Liffey Drug Project