About the Awards
We at the Hub and SYAH firmly believe that youth hold the key to tackling the most pressing challenges of our time. This includes tackling the issues facing our marine environment, which is the support system of all life on Earth. Therefore, we have launched the Young Ocean Champion Award 2015, the flagship competition of the second edition of our initiative, #SeeingBlue: Rane Nou Lamer So Vrai Couler. The theme area for this year is Marine Debris.
Marine pollution from anthropogenic sources has reached an unsustainable high, choking out the health of the ocean. Estimates that 8 million tonnes of litter, with 80% of the content being plastic, are being tipped into the ocean yearly highlight the extent of the problem. The marine detritus can be as visible and large as ghost nets, or as small and insidious as plastic microbeads and microparticles. The source of this pollution lies within our consumption and production patterns and broken waste management system.
You can submit your entries (individual or group) as part of two categories:
(1) 13-18 year olds
(2) 19-30 year olds
Entries (including the participation form found on this page) should be sent to:
SYAH Office, 3rd Floor,
c/o Indian Ocean Commission,
Blue Tower Building, Rue de l'Institut,
Please note that this competition is only open to Mauritian residents.
To tackle your submission, we would like you to follow the following instructions.
(1) We would like you to think creatively about a project idea or solution which could help address the issue of marine debris at local, national or global level by answering ONE of our competition questions.
(2) The submission should be between 1 and 3 pages long, including elements such as (and not limited to) an implementation plan and timeline, partners involved (if any or expected to) and a preliminary budget. You may include pictures and creative media to support your work.
(3) Submissions will be assessed based on the following criteria:
- creativity (thinking outside the box);
- feasibility (including clarity in showing who/why/how the solution will be implemented (by);
- sustainability (whether or not this solution will be long-lasting); and
As such, you may wish to demonstrate a strong awareness of the situation and main agents involved, particularly if you choose to focus your project at the local level.
(4) Your submission should reflect an awareness of budgeting as per the availability of seed money, as well as list potential strategies which you would employ to supplement the seed money should your budget exceed it.
How to submit
We are accepting entries up to a team of 5, inclusive of individual entries, although teamwork is highly encouraged. The deadline to submit your entries is 15 October 2015. Please attach the following form to your entry: