19 July 2017
Wildlife Warriors Worldwide is calling for project submissions from Visionary Wildlife Warriors showcasing their passion for conservation, with the winner set to be awarded at the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner-a night that celebrates the life and legacy of the greatest Wildlife Warrior that ever lived!
Our Visionary Wildlife Warriors are a very special group of young people who show commitment to the cause. They epitomise the things that Steve Irwin was famous for and are the next generation to take us forward in conservation. This award aims to recognize these young conservationists for the vital contributions they're making to our wildlife and wild places.
Passionate conservationists aged 4 to 17 who are registered as part of the Visionary Wildlife Warrior Program are encouraged to submit a 200-500 word essay or 60 second video presentation to demonstrate what they do for conservation in their local community.
In the last three years, Wildlife Warriors has seen many outstanding submissions from children and teens all over the world. Last year, the calibre of submissions was so high that the competition once again resulted in a draw with two winners joining the ranks as Visionary Wildlife Warriors.
8 year old Hunter Mitchell from South Africa was awarded for his incredible involvement in rhino conservation, and Sunshine Coast local 14 year old Chloe Tsangaris was recognised for her ongoing commitment to protecting native Aussie wildlife.
Like Hunter and Chloe, entrants should address more than just fundraising in their submission. Projects should demonstrate creativity and passion for conservation, wildlife and the environment through activities at home, at school or anywhere else within their community.
13 year old Wildlife Warrior, Robert Irwin, is putting the call out to his fellow young conservationists to send in their submissions showcasing their Visionary Wildlife Warrior projects.
"It's so important for young people to be involved in conservation projects and there are so many positive changes we can all make to help wildlife conservation, whether it's planting a tree, picking up rubbish or keeping pets inside at night. Every little bit counts," he said.
This is the fourth year the Visionary Wildlife Warrior Awards have been running and with each year, the quality of submissions and the scope of each project just gets better and better," said Robert.
"I feel inspired as I learn about the incredible work my fellow conservationists are doing and I'm truly proud of their contribution to wildlife and wild places," he added.
Robert is also excited to see the visionary projects that are sent in this year and hopes these awards encourage other kids to get outside and make a difference in the world.
Kids and teenagers who are involved in innovative conservation projects and initiatives in their local community should submit their project at wildlifewarriors.org.au/entry
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