Youth Humanitarian Challenge 2018

The Singapore Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) co-organised the Youth Humanitarian Challenge 2018, inviting essay and video entries from youth to influence more people to support humanitarian causes.

Congratulations to Sandy Tan, Samuel Lee and Meredith Zhuo, winners of “A letter from a humanitarian’. They won book vouchers sponsored by ICRC.

“After participating in YHC 2018, I have learnt that there are many different yet just as important aspects of international humanitarian laws and actions. For instance, humanitarian actions such as social cohesion, elderly inclusion, voluntary blood donation and migration are all essential in promoting human welfare.”Sandy Tan, Winner of the 1st Prize, Youth Humanitarian Challenge 2018


Congratulations to all winners of the Youth Humanitarian Challenge 2018.

Category: Humanitarian Advocacy

1st Prize

Sandy Tan Yen Ling

2nd Prize

Samuel Lee

3rd Prize

Zhuo En Ru Meredith


Tan Xing Liang

Uppudu Abhishek


We thank all challengers for your participation!


Criteria for participation

The competition is open to youth aged between 15 and 35, residing in Singapore, regardless of nationality and all the participants of the Youth Summit (including regional participants). 

Writing Entry - Humanitarian Advocacy

  • Individual entries only.
  • Pen a letter to a friend to inspire him / her to support one of our causes below (refer to “Topics”)
  • To qualify as an entry, the article has to meet the following conditions. It must be:
    • Self-authored. In English
    • Maximum 1,000 words
  • Entries (in either Microsoft word or Google document format) must be submitted via email to by 7 July 2018 at 11.59pm with the email subject: YHC 2018 - Singapore, Humanitarian Advocacy
  • Each submission must:
    • Not include images, tables or graphics as they will not be accepted
    • Include the number of words at the end of the article.

Video Entry - One Minute Humanitarian

  • Individual and group entries welcome. There should be a maximum of three people in each group.
  • Create a video to inspire a friend to support one of our causes below (refer to “Topics”)
  • To qualify for the video entry, the video has to meet the following conditions. It must be:
    • Original
    • In English
  • Maximum 60 seconds
  • The video entries must be submitted via email to by 7 July 2018 at 11.59pm with the email subject: YHC 2018 - Singapore, One-Minute Humanitarian
  • Please include a link to the video and not attach the video to the email.
  • No copyrighted materials (music / images) may be used for the video unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted materials.


The entries shall address directly one of the following topics. Pen a letter to a friend to advocate any of our various causes (below). These must be based on facts, real events and real people.

International humanitarian law (IHL) on one of the following elements:

  • New weapons and technology in warfare
  • Protection of the emblems of Red Cross and Red Crescent

Humanitarian action on one or more of the following elements:

  • social cohesion
  • elderly inclusion
  • voluntary blood donation
  • migration

A true story on one of the following elements:

  • Humanitarian workers, including health care personnel, who work in armed conflict or situations of violence
  • A bystander who protects the life and human dignity of someone in armed conflict or violence
  • People whose lives have been touched by the Red Cross and Red Crescent

Selection criteria

  • Depth of content
  • Creativity
  • Clarity

Submission and closing date

Entries (using the article template with entry form) must be submitted via email by the entrant to by 11.59pm on 7 July 2018.


  • First Prize: Vouchers worth S$150
  • Second Prize: Vouchers worth S$100
  • Third Prize: Vouchers worth S$50

Terms and conditions

  • Participation in the competition means that an entrant has accepted the terms of the competition.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Each entry must include an entry form and use the article template. The entry must be the entrant’s own original work.
  • Each person may submit multiple articles but is eligible to win only one prize.
  • Prizes are non-exchangeable.
  • Entrants may be required to provide identity documentation as proof of their age. Schools may be contacted for verification of an entrant’s background.
  • By entering the competition, it is deemed that the entrant allows ICRC / SRC to use the winning work for publicity of the competition or humanitarian issues, credited to the winners. All entries may also be used by ICRC / SRC in their whole or edited form.
  • Plagiarism or writing that contains libel or slander against any person / organisation or contains profanity will invalidate an entry.
  • Winners shall be notified by the organiser on 8 July 2018.
  • Winners must be in Singapore to collect the prize at the Singapore Youth Humanitarian Summit at Singapore Management University at 81 Victoria St, Singapore 188065, School of Accountancy on 8 July at 3pm.
  • Entries not conforming to contest guidelines / rules will be disqualified. The judges reserve the right to reject entries found to contain false information at their discretion.
  • The decision of the judges is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Download the entry form here