The “Let’s Talk about Drugs” National Youth Media Awards Competition 2018 is a creative and empowering competition for young people aged 12-25.

The deadline is the 9th of April 2018.

To enter, young people are asked to research topics or share their personal experiences and create either: a short video, an audio podcast, a news article or a poster. The age categories for entering are: 12-14; 15-17; 18-21; 22-25.

The themes for the 2018 competition are divided into two categories based on age. The themes for the 12-14 and 15-17 age categories are:

  • Talk about- underage drinking and the risks
  • Talk about – cannabis and the risks

And the themes for the 18-21 and 22-25 age categories are:

  • Club drugs – what are the risks?
  • Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs – what are the risks?

Teachers are not expected to be experts on drugs issues – what we are looking for is a peer learning experience, to empower the young people and give them a voice on the topic.

Take a look at some of the winning entries from previous years to be amazed by the talent and hard work the young people put into their entries!

Winners from the four age categories will receive a €250 One4All gift card and the overall winner will receive a prize of €1,000 One4All gift cards. Winners will also have their work published on is Ireland’s National Drug and Alcohol Information and Support Website. The site has in excess of 120,000 unique Irish visitors each year and over 500,000 international visitors.

You will find full competition details at

The “Let’s Talk About Drugs” National Youth Media Awards is an annual drug education competition that aims to help young people explore and understand various issues relating to drug and alcohol use in Irish society.

The competition is primarily aimed at secondary schools, colleges, and youth clubs nationwide and it’s supported by the Department of Health, the HSE, the Ana Liffey Drug Project, Healthy Ireland, and the website. Please feel free to contact if you have any questions in relation to the competition.



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