Details for Teachers

Caring for our earth has never been more important or urgent.  In the last few years many of us have experienced the impacts of climate change.  Disasters such as drought, flood and fire have featured local, nationally and globally.  Climate change needs to be managed by the government, however individuals can also make changes in their day to day approach to life that will help make a difference.  With the proper approach and care it is possible to maintain or return our earth to a better state than we currently find it in.

1. Introduction

The Mercy Foundation Youth Awards is a competition open to high school students across Australia from Years 7 – 12. Each year, the Mercy Youth Awards encourages students to gain an understanding of social justice issues in Australia and how we can work to address these issues. This year our focus is on climate change. This unit can be incorporated into parts of the syllabus including Science, English, Art and RE Studies.

2. Competition Details

The theme for 2022 is caring for our earth. Students are challenge is to:

1) Create a visual representation, such as a cartoon, artwork, collage or photo, that shows ‘what everyday actions can you do to help address climate change’. Students are asked to take a photo of their creation and upload it with their entry form on our website (NB no faces in the photo).

2) Each entry must include a written paragraph (no longer than 100 words) that explains the photo (ie the everyday actions they do to help address climate change) and answers the question ‘what is your greatest concern about climate change?’

3) AND fill out the Climate Change quiz on the online entry form.
Visit our website for the entry form and to learn more about climate change.

3. Important Notes:

  •  Only one entry per person
  • An entrant is an individual student
  • Strictly no faces to feature in the image
  • No brand names or logos

4. Judging

The judging committee comprises staff and Board members of the Mercy Foundation and a special guest judge. Entries will be assessed according to the accuracy of quiz answers and the content, creativity, originality, effort and quality of both the photo and written content.

The school that submits the most entries will win $250. Please encourage your students to participate!

5. Entries

  1. Entries must consist of a photograph uploaded with the online entry form. The online entry form is available on our website
  2. Photographs should be a maximum of 2MB and in the format of a JPEG, GIF or PNG. JPEG is the preferred format. A PDF will also be accepted.
  3. Photos should be saved using student’s name and school e.g. SmithH_SydneyHigh.jpeg
  4. If for any reason they are unable to use the online entry form, please contact us by or call 02 9911 7390.
  5. By submitting an entry, the student acknowledges that they have read and accepted the Terms and Conditions for the Mercy Foundation Youth Awards 2022. The Terms and Conditions are available on our website
  6. The photo and entry must be the student’s original work created for the competition.
  7. The Mercy Foundation will acknowledge all entries received. It is your responsibility to ensure that we have received your entry.
  8. Photographs may be exhibited at a public event later this year. More information will be provided closer to the event.
  9. The closing date is 5 August 2022.

For more information, please call the Mercy Foundation on 02 9911 7390 or email


1st Prize: $700 to the winning entrant AND $700 to the winning school

2nd Prize: $350 to the winning entrant AND $350 to the winning school

3rd Prize: $200 to the winning entrant AND $200 to the winning school
$50 vouchers will be awarded to 10 highly commended entries AND $250 will be awarded to the school that submits the most entries.

Schools are requested to spend their money on social justice resources and/or activities to promote social justice in your school and/or a charity addressing social justice issues in Australia.

Note that more than one winner may be awarded in each place. If this is the case, the prize money will be shared between the winning entrants and the winning schools.

The total Prize pool is $3,250.