Themed “Protect our Ocean!”, this year’s edition of CDL’s “We Love Our Planet” Storytelling Contest edition continues to encourage family bonding through storytelling and home video production, while aiming to unearth young eco champions and their families to develop their love of nature and to take action to protect our planet.

This year, in the lead up to World Environment Day 2024, the contest is jointly organised by CDL and East Coast GRC, and aims to continue CDL’s My Tree House’s legacy of educational programmes, while featuring the young eco champions amongst us.

To view last year’s winning submissions, click here.

Click here to submit your videos

Contest Format

  • In celebration of World Environment Day on 5 June, contestants are required to choose and tell a story relevant to the theme “Protect our Ocean!”
  • Contestants can adapt their stories from existing book titles or create original storylines.
  • At the beginning of the storytelling, contestants are to introduce the book title and author that they are using for storytelling. If the storyline is original, this should be mentioned at the beginning of the story.
  • At the end of the storytelling, contestants are required to share a statement, roughly about a minute, on the lessons that they have learned from the story, as well as aspirations to help conserve the planet (e.g. I will use less single-use plastic, I will not support wildlife animal trade, etc.).
  • To participate, the contestants will film their storytelling performances and submit their video links on Google Forms.
  • The video should not exceed 5 minutes.
  • The video should be in landscape format.
  • Voice over is not preferred. The video should show the participant narrating.
  • Video editing is welcome but not a must.
  • Contestants under Preschool category can take part as an individual, or with the support from one immediate family member (e.g. parent, older sibling).
  • Deadline for submissions is Sunday, 21 April 2024, 2359 hrs.
  • Top finalists will be invited to present their storytelling in-person at our Singapore Sustainability Academy to a panel of judges on Saturday, 18 May 2024.
  • Videos with the most inspiring comments on lessons learned from the stories and aspirations to protect the planet would also be featured in a short video. The video and announcement of top winners will be shared on social media and on the organisers’ webpages on Wednesday, 5 June 2024, on World Environment Day.
  • Prize presentation for top winners will take place during East Coast Family Fiesta on Saturday, 8 June 2024.

Contest Categories

INDIVIDUAL – Preschool
(support from one family member (e.g. parent, older sibling) is allowed)
3 to 6 years old
INDIVIDUAL – Lower Primary P1 to P3
(or equivalent)
INDIVIDUAL – Upper Primary P4 to P6
(or equivalent)
– Collaboration between at least two family members, one of which must be a child, from the same household
– Contribution should be split relatively equally
No age restriction
– Returning winners from past years to participate in this category
No age restriction


1st 2nd 3rd Consolation
(4th and 5th)
Preschool $600 $300 $200 $100
Lower Primary $600 $300 $200 $100
Upper Primary $600 $300 $200 $100
Family Team $600 $300 $200 $100
Alumni $600 $300 $200 $100
Special recognition for schools with high participation One tree planted under ClimateForce initiative; eco-friendly plaque; $500 CDL vouchers

Note: Prize money will be City Developments Limited vouchers