Clean Coasts, Cork County Council and Bus Éireann have launched an art & visual media competition for young people

Clean Coasts, Cork County Council and Bus Éireann have come together to bring: “Cork Harbour – Creating the Change”, a youth art and visual media competition for young people between the ages of 11-19 tackling the issue of marine litter in the Cork Harbour area.

The aim of the competition is to help promote the respectful treatment of Cork Harbour’s coastal environments among young people who live in and enjoy the area.

Clean Coasts are asking for students help to promote the message of taking your waste home with you to avoid negatively impacting the beach and its surrounding areas.

We are calling for young people situated near the Cork Harbour area to get creative and raise awareness of the marine litter problem through creating a poster and short-form video campaign that lets young people know why we all should clean up our rubbish before we leave the beach, why we should treat our coasts with respect and any solutions they may have to the problem.

The campaign should be targeted at the applicants’ age, 11–19-year-olds, across County Cork asking them to be mindful of our natural environment and the impact that people’s actions can have on coastal spaces.

The aim of the competition is for young people aged between 11-19 to design an A3 poster (11-15) or a short form video (15-19) and come up with a slogan which best encapsulates why young people should care about keeping the area of Cork Harbour clean.

We will be awarding prizes for two different age brackets:

Photo of the River Lee, upper Cork Harbour, Tivoli Port_Photo taken by Clean Coasts Officer for South West Region (Cork, Kerry and Waterford) Maxim Kozachenko

1.     A poster and slogan competition for young people aged between 11-15;

2.     A visual media competition with a slogan for young people aged between 15- 19.

Entries can be done alone or as part of a group with up to 5 participants permitted per group.

Speaking of the competition, Mayor of County Cork, Cllr. Gillian Coughlan said:

“This competition is a great opportunity for young people to utilise their creativity and raise awareness amongst their peers on the importance of personal responsibility when it comes to littering. Education and information is the key to change and who better to shed light on the issue than those local to the area. Cork County is fortunate to have some of the most beautiful coastline in the country, we must each play our part to protect it.”

Sinead McCoy, Coastal Communities Manager at Clean Coasts added: “This is more than just an art and visual media competition: the county of Cork and particularly the Cork Harbour area has spectacular coastlines that we must protect at all costs. We have seen many young people in Cork do amazing work when it comes to managing and protecting our marine environment. This competition is a way to inform their peers of the marine litter issue, encourage them to get involved in keeping the coastlines clean and celebrate the beauty of the Cork Harbour area.”


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