The Development Youth Prize is open to schools in the 27 member states of the European Union.

  • Pupils must be aged between 16 and 18 (inclusive) at the time of the deadline.
  • All entries must be associated with a school.
  • There is a limit of one entry per pupil.
  • The deadline is 31 May 2009.


All contributions must include two parts:

  • a short message
  • an artwork in the form of a poster or a video.

The focus for the 2008 competition is Africa - Human Development. There are three themes for entries: gender equality, children and youth or cultural diversity. Pupils can choose one or combine them.

School details and the message must be entered using the form on this website. Entries can either be sent digitally using the same form, or sent by post to the European Schoolnet office in Brussels.

Please post entries at least 2-3 weeks before the deadline to be sure it will arrive in Brussels before the deadline. No exceptions can be made for entries that arrive late.

The message

The message should accompany the artwork, e.g. a caption for a poster.
It can be written in any of the 23 official EU languages. If the message is not in English, French or German, a translation into one of these languages must also be provided.

The message must not be longer than 100 characters in either language version.

The message must be submitted via the entry form on this website. It can also be included in the artwork.

The artwork

Entries can be in the form of a video or a poster.


  • A video must be a short audiovisual expression combined with a short and clear message.
  • The video must not be longer than 3 minutes.
  • The following file types are accepted: Flash (SWF), PowerPoint (PPT), Quicktime, Windows Media Video, MPEG.
  • Contributions must not exceed 20 MB and 640 x 480 pixel.


  • A poster must be a combination of visual expression and a short and clear message.
  • The visual part can be a drawing, painting, collage etc.
  • The written message can be included in the poster or considered separately.
  • The maximum size of posters allowed in this competition is A3.
  • If submitted online, maximum file size is 5 MB. Accepted file types are JPG, GIF and PDF.


European Schoolnet and/or the European Commission reserve the right to adapt the rules and awards at any time. Notification of changes will be made on the ‘Development Youth Prize’ website and will apply from the date of publishing.

Legal and Ethical Issues

  • All entries must follow European agreements on copyright. Entries may not contain statement, fact, information or quotation that may harm or diminish any person or group of people.
  • Entries may not contain statement, fact, information or quotation that may encourage persecution of people on the grounds of race, opinion, nationality, sex, profession or other persuasion. Nor may entries encourage crime or the breaking of laws.

Disqualification of Entries
European Schoolnet or the European Commission may decide to disqualify an entry if it has not been submitted in time, partly or as a whole; or if the entry breaks any of the rules under Legal and Ethical issues.

Reproduction Rights
All entries and submitted material are the property of the European Commission. The European Commission has the right to improve, edit, expand, modify and reproduce the material on the internet, CD-ROM or other media from the date of submission.