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.
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 2015' 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 2015
- Theme 1: The effects of alcohol on the family
- Theme 2: The effects of drugs on mental health
Deadlines & prizes
Get your entry to us by the deadline for entries on Monday the 16th of February 2015 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 between mid February 2015 and mid April 2015. The awards ceremony will be held the week begining April 20th 2015 - venue TBC.
Funders and supporters
We are grateful to the following for their support in 2015: 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