The Iris Project

(2021) 4.000€ awarded

Iris Goldsmith died in a tragic accident on her family farm at the age of 15 on 8th of July 2019. Iris had a deep and lifelong connection with the natural world, a gentle way with animals of all kinds, and a particular reverence for the sea. Iris well understood that finding harmony with nature is the overriding purpose of humanity – and she took every opportunity to do her bit. Before leaving any beach or wild space she visited Iris always made a point of organising the people she was with to clear the litter from one end to the other. The Iris Project seeks to empower young people of Iris’ age in their own efforts to restore and protect nature, and eventually become the environmental guardians of where they live!

The Iris Project initiative is being implemented simultaneously by various members of the Conservation Collective (an international network of environmental foundations, of which the Cyclades Preservation Fund is a member) in line with our mission to support local environmental ‘champions’ who can bring long-term positive change in their local communities with appropriate support!

About the competition: 3 minutes for your island!

The competition is open to all high school students living in the Cyclades (with permission of their parent or guardian). To ender they must create a video lasting up to three minutes highlighting an environmental issue that concerns them and their island as well as proposing a solution to tackle it!

If you are interested please fill in this application form by May 31st, 2021 (new, extended deadlines!) and submit your video by July 10th, 2021 via email:

The winner will be announced by the Cyclades Preservation Fund in early August 2021 and will be given the opportunity to work with a professional filmmaker on a short film to inspire action on his/her island!
Info in Greek available here.


In 2021, 7 students from Syros and Amorgos participated in our competition, and created two inspiring videos aiming to highlight the environmental issues that concern them and their island and were awarded with documentary workshops and a field trip to meet and exchange views. We thank and congratulate them as well as their teachers and parents!
The names of the winners:

Check out the video awarded for Amorgos here, created by Sofia Gryspou.

Check out the video awarded to Syros here, created by Evgenia Koutsabasi, Elli Passa, Paraskevas Politakos, Giorgos Plikas, Elpida Gavioti and Panagiotis Aspropoulos, with the guidance of their teachers Alexia Tzefridou and Christos Kollias.

Check out the video created by the CPF to celebrate the Iris Project 2021 initiative (and its trailer). Many thanks to the filmmaker Olivia Tado!


In 2021 local Iris Projects were piloted in memory of Iris Goldsmith (such as the one of the CPF), and inspired the creation of the annual Iris Prize. Every year a total of $30,000 (plus mentoring and capacity building support) will be awarded to three outstanding young individuals championing the protection and restoration of nature, and the rights of those who defend it. Spread the word to any 14-24 you know who might be interested to apply here!