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media awards 2013

What's it all about?

The '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. 

How to enter

  1. 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.
  2. Pick a theme (see 'Themes for 2016' below)
  3. Conduct your research - see Tips on entering for research suggestions.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 2016

Deadlines & prizes

Get your entry to us by the EXTENDED DEADLINE for entries MARCH 31st 2016 and be in with a chance to win the overall prize of €2000 and have your work published on the website or broadcast! All age category winners also receive an iPad Mini and a certificate.

Judging will take place in April 2016. It is anticipated that the awards ceremony will be held on May 11th 2016 in Dublin. Attendance is by invite only. 

Funders and supporters

We are grateful to the following for their support in 2016: The HSE National Social Inclusion Office; The Drug Programmes and Policy Unit in the Department of Health; Healthy Ireland; COSC- The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence in the Department of Justice and Equality; 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

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