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Student Competitions

Throughout each year a range of competitions and challenges are available for students and schools. These cover all curriculum areas from Language to The Arts. Some are run by subject organisations, some by governments, some by private organisations, some by international groups.

“Challenges”, such as the Premier’s Reading Challenges, are listed in a separate section.

For ease of presentation, competitions are listed in curriculum areas. In some instances, the listing is broken into further sub-directories, e.g. Language → Writing, Spelling, Public Speaking, Debating, … .

Specific levels are indicated both in writing and through the use of the following icons.

  •    [Primary]
  •    [Secondary Years 7-10]
  •    [Senior Secondary Years 11-12]
  •    [Apprentices/Trainees].

No sporting competitions are listed. The same applies to Eisteddfods. Those listed fall into what would be classed as the “academic” area, e.g. Language area, STEM and STEAM.

Not all are of a competitive nature. Some are free to enter, others have entry fees.

Note we have broken the listing over two pages. It is done for two reasons. The first is to limit the size of the pages for several factors related to their use. The second is to allow for continued additions over the coming period by recommendation or, discovery on our part.

If you are aware of any other competitions or challenges suitable for inclusion please let us know about them so we can make this an even more comprehensive listing both overall, and for specific areas.

Science

  • Australian Science Olympiads
    ‘Though open to all, the exams typically benefit high achievers in science from Years 10 and 11 and those who have high aspirations and enjoy a challenge. Year 12 students are welcome to sit the exam’. 4 separate exams in areas of Science. Information regarding these and other activities are found on this site. Individual exams and dates are listed below.
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    Australian Space Design Competition
    ‘Would you like to design your own futuristic space station ?’ See details in the Challenges section above.
    ASDC Finals Initial Invoices Due 6 December 2019. 14th Annual ASDC Finals [UQ, St Lucia] 18-19 January 2020.
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    Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize
    ‘Aims to increase interest in water-related issues and research, and to raise awareness and knowledge of global water challenges. Open to all Australian high school students between the ages of 15-20’. 2 Flyers available to download covering entry and guidelines.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards
    ‘BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards are Australia’s most prestigious school science awards. Primary or secondary school students [including homeschooled] or undertaking full-time secondary study in TAFE colleges’. Entry is via nomination only, through a state Science Teachers Association [STA] competition. Contact the relevant state association for details about their preliminary events and the nomination process.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    SEA*ACT : Science Fair
    ‘Each entry should fall under one of the nominated themes. Age Groups include Early Childhood – Preschool to Year 2; Primary Years 3 to 6; Special Education - All age groups; Secondary//Post Compulsory Years 7 to 12. Selected entries may be eligible for the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    STANSW Young Scientist Awards
    ‘Students are able to submit a scientific investigation or a working model of an invention or you may be able to submit your project to both categories. Young Scientist offers students from Kindergarten to Year 12 worthwhile incentives to carry out scientific investigations or inventions. It provides teachers with valuable resources and professional learning opportunities’. New categories have been added.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Young Territory Young Scientist Competition
    ‘The Young Territory Young Scientist Competition is open to all Northern Territory school students. Encourage your teacher to submit your work’. There are several categories which you can enter.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Queensland Science Contest [STAQ]
    ‘An opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to grade 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Oliphant Science Awards [SASTA]
    ‘The Oliphant Science Awards are a wonderful opportunity for school students from Reception to Year 12 to develop their interests in science through a competition with a range of categories to suit a wide variety of abilities and interests’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Tasmanian Science Talent Search
    ‘There are seven sections to allow for individual students’ preferred learning styles. These are made up of theme related sections and open sections. Each section is divided into year group divisions’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Science Victoria : Science Talent Search
    ‘Science based competition open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria. The theme for 2019 is Destination Moon : more missions, more science’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Science Talent Search [STAWA]
    ‘Aims to promote science teaching and learning through creative project work. Entries may be submitted by students from any school in Western Australia, or students under home tuition’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • Big Ideas Forum [ANSTO]
    ‘The ANSTO Big Ideas Forum brings 22 students and 11 teachers from across Australia to Sydney to meet world-class researchers and go hands-on with amazing technology. We are looking for people who are creative and passionate’. Year 10 students.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • Big Science Competition
    ‘Encourages critical thinking and problem solving skills. The Big Science Competition is an easy way to challenge students from years 7 to 10’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    CREST [CSIRO]
    ‘A non-competitive awards program supporting students to design and carry out their own open-ended science investigation or technology project. Focuses on the Science Inquiry Skills content descriptors of the Australian Curriculum’. Sections for Primary and Secondary.
    Registration through the site. Once registered, materials are sent to you. Check How CREST works for a background on the program.
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    Crystal Growing Competitions
    Links to these in 6 states and territories. Primary and Junior Secondary students.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Education Perfect - Science World Championships
    One of a series of Championships covering a variety of areas. Points gained can be accumulated from multiple championships towards overall achievement both as schools and individual students.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Eureka : Sleek Geeks Science Prize
    ‘The Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize encourages students with a passion for science and for communicating ideas to tell a scientific story via a short film’. Main website is found at an Australian Museum website. Multiple Teacher resources are available. Primary and Secondary competitions. Multiple competition options.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Expedition Class
    A number of challenges/competitions/involvements for different levels, e.g. Year 9, Year 10, K-6. Check the site for details about each of these.
    A great way for educators to stay in touch is to sign up for regular email updates.
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    Gold Coast Schools Science Competition [Science on the GO]
    ‘Aims to raise the profile of science in our community and encourages students to demonstrate their scientific abilities by entering a project into one of six categories. Registration is open to divisions from Prep to Year 12 [7 in all]’.
    Science on the Go Calendar has a full listing of all events with relevant dates.
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    Google Science Fair
    ‘The largest global online science competition that celebrates the curiosity and investigations of young scientists everywhere !’
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition
    ‘The International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition is an international science competition that enables students from all countries to prove their skills and to unleash their creativity in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics. IAAC gives you the unique opportunity to apply your skills to challenging problems’. Two levels - Junior : under 18 years on submission deadline; Youth : over 18 years on submission deadline’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Junior Space Design Competition
    ‘Designed for aspiring young engineers and scientists, who want to learn about the basic of futuristic space settlement design ! Teams of up to 4 develop a marketing brief for the space settlement scenario’. See details in the Challenges section above.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • NATA Young Scientist Award
    ‘Encourages students to look at how science impacts on people’s lives. Every school across Australia is invited to submit a science project in the competition to win cash prizes’. Primary students.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Paper Plane Challenge
    ‘To qualify for the STANSW Young Scientist Paper Plane State Championship you’ll need to throw over a specific time or distance’. See the site for details.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Robogals
    ‘Robogals is a student run organisation that aims to inspire and empower young women to consider studying engineering and related fields’. A part of this is the Robogals Science Challenge 2019. ‘The Robogals Science Challenge is an online competition for girls aged 5-15. The competition consists of 2 components : the minor challenges and a major challenge. Spanning 4 months, the Science Challenge will give participants a chance to explore different STEM topics’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Science and Engineering Investigation Awards [University of Tasmania]
    ‘Students [Year 5-12] carry out a science investigation and present their findings to science/industry judges. Judging days are held on Cradle Coast, Launceston and Hobart campuses in August-September each year. The Science Investigation Awards include the categories : Physical Sciences, Health, Engineering, Agricultural Science, and Environment’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Science Trivia Challenge
    Griffith University. ‘Held across two age groups, with the teacher’s competition running in conjunction with the senior student’s competition, it’s a fun-fuelled event that gives everyone the chance to celebrate and demonstrate their STEM knowledge !’ Queensland Academies , Health Sciences Campus.
    Challenge has now been completed for 2019.
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    Science iQ [ STAWA]
    Western Australian schools. ‘A series of separate online science competitions. ScienceiQ is for school teams of four students’. Years 5 to 9.
    Dates will be found for all Term Competitions [2 rounds each term] here.
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    ScienceXart : elements in everyday life
    Australian Academy of Science. ‘This competition is a fantastic opportunity for students of all year levels to engage hands-on with the periodic table, develop a deeper understanding of key principles of chemistry, and foster an appreciation of the wider impact of chemical sciences throughout life and society. The competition format has been developed in consultation with ASTA and teachers from across the country to align with the science syllabus of schools’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    SPECTRA
    ASTA. ‘A national science award program for students between Years 1 and 10’. Two sections - Years 1-4 and Years 5-10.
    The program is ongoing with no given deadlines.

  • The Amazing Spaghetti Machine Contest
    ‘Applying science, being creative, and having fun ! There’s also the challenge of getting your machine to achieve its task’. Open to Year 10 students in Victoria.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • The UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing
    ‘The Bragg Prize is an annual award celebrating the best non-fiction science essay written for a general audience and is designed to encourage and celebrate the next generation of science writers, researchers and leaders. Students write a short piece about ‘Not-so-smart technology’, which must be 800 words or less’. Open to all high school students in Years 7–10.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Zayed Future Energy Prize
    ‘The Prize hopes to encourage young people to learn about sustainability and clean energy from an early age. We ask schools to submit proposals for funding consideration to implement sustainability measures in their schools. Open to all high schools with students between 11-19 years old. The application must be supported by the school and its management’.
    Award Ceremony will be held in January 2020.

Biology


  • iGEM Competition
    ‘Annual, world wide, synthetic biology event aimed at undergraduate university students, as well as high school and graduate students’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    UQ Sunflower Competition
    Students in Years 8-10 and 11-12 in Queensland. ‘The competition is designed to inspire current science students to become the next generation of plant and agricultural scientists and support teachers to deliver their science curriculum in a plant-based context. The competition provides an interactive learning opportunity with school-based experiments and an optional day of workshops and awards’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

Chemistry

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    Australian National Chemistry Quiz
    ‘Provides a major focus for secondary school students on the relevance of chemistry’. Secondary students.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    RACI Titration Competition
    ‘Designed to encourage those students who enjoy Chemistry, particularly its practical side, to develop their skills and to reward those who attain a high level of proficiency. All secondary schools are invited to compete in their local state-based competition’.
    Dates and Contacts are available from the above site for competing states. Select your own state for dates, venues and contacts.

Physics


  • A Beamline for School Competition 2019
    ‘A Beamline for Schools competition remains open to teams of at least five high-school students aged 16 and up with at least one adult supervisor, or “coach”. Think of a simple, creative experiment and submit your written proposal and short video. Previous winners have investigated the structure of the pyramids, looked for particles that no-one has seen before, or have developed their own particle detector. What would you do ?’
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    IYPT Australia
    ‘The nature of the tournament promotes scientific research and problem solving stretching the participants to work on very complex problems. The official qualifying tournament for IYPT2019 was the IYPT Australia Challenge held on 3 and 4 December 2018’. Secondary students.
    The official qualifying tournament for IYPT2020 is the IYPT Australia Challenge on Monday December 9 and Tuesday December 10 2019. This national qualifying tournament will be held at Brisbane Girls Grammar School. Further details from the site.

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Social Science

General Social Sciences Topics

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    Education Perfect - Humanities Championships
    ‘The Education Perfect Humanities Championship is a 3-day online event celebrating learning and achievement in Geography, History & Social Sciences. With over 20 000 participants each year, this is a great opportunity to inspire students’ Humanities learning while they compete on a global scale. Suitable for students from Year 5 to Secondary’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

Economics & Business Studies

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    Australian Economics and Business Studies Competitions
    ‘Both competitions will comprise of 40 multiple-choice questions. Students will be competing i n two divisions : Junior Division - Year 11 and below or Senior Division - Year 12 and equivalent’. UNSW.
    Currently undergoing structural changes in 2019 and will not be running the competitions this year. Please look out for further announcements during the year for updates regarding next year’s competitions.

  • BlueShift Business Case Competition
    ‘Open to all high schools in Australia. Teams must consist of four students in total and can include any combination of students from Year 11 and 12. Each team will be emailed a real-world written case study, and will have four weeks to submit a solution in a written report’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition
    ‘The competition is open to all full-time secondary school students enrolled in a registered secondary school in Australia at the time of submission of their entry. Individual finalists from each state/territory will be required to personally present their plan to a panel of judges in Sydney’. See brochure for further details.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Suncorp ESSI Money Challenge
    ‘We’re turning the normal ESSI Money game that is played all year round into a national competition for two weeks ! Students compete in one of two age brackets : 12-15 or 16-18. The 3 highest scores in each age category will be the winners’. All other details including registration process and form available from the site. Download the App from the above site.
    Activity only runs for two weeks each year. Details from the site. Find information on ESSI Money and ESSI Money PLUS here. These are alternate activities.
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    Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition
    ‘For young people aged between 15-35 years. The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is a global program and an online platform, which supports the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

Geography


  • Asiawise Project
    ‘A flexible teaching program that provides a resource for teachers to use at three levels. You can use only the Asia Wise Challenge or all three sections. Separate programs for lower [Aust. years 7 & 8 - NZ 8 & 9] and upper [Aus years 9 & 10 - NZ 10 & 11]’.
    Asia Wise can be used at any time from March to December. You need to register two weeks before you wish to use the program. Register online or by email.
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    Australian Geography Competition
    ‘Challenges secondary school students to demonstrate their geographical knowledge and skills. Rewards student excellence with great prizes, including selection for Australia’s international geography teams’.
    International Geography Olympiad now completed. Geography’s Big Week Out is 15 to 20 December 2019.
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    Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition
    ‘The aims of the competition are to promote children’s creative representation of the world, to enhance their cartographic awareness and to make them more conscious of their environment. This year’s them is We love maps. The awards are given every two years’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019. Next competition not till 2021.
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    International Geography Bee
    ‘The International Geography Bee is a worldwide geography quiz competition for primary and secondary school students. Please select a region or the World Championships from the menu bar to learn more’. The Australia & New Zealand information is found here.
    3 Preliminary Rounds and one or two rounds of playoffs for the top students from the preliminaries. See International History Bee and Bowl bowl for dates as both are held at the same times.
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    MapIT
    ‘Students will learn how to use the latest spatial technology to create maps. Maps will focus on improving livability or solving local environmental problems’.
    All details are available through either the YouTube presentations or the Instruction sheets [both Primary and Secondary].

  • The International Geography Olympiad [iGeo]
    ‘A competition for the best 16 to 19 year old Geography students from all over the world. Four students represent each country in a series of Geography tests in [generally] a four-five day program’.
    Linked to the above competition. 2019 Competition is now completed.
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    Urban Futures Competition [RMIT University]
    ‘Provide a photo or image to communicate an identified urban problem and explain your ideas for a solution in 200-300 words. The competition is open to Year 10, 11 and 12 Victorian secondary school students only’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Where I Live Competition
    ABC Splash. ‘Create a 60-second video about where you live, describing what makes it special. You can talk about your street, neighbourhood, hometown or school; you can focus on one thing, such as a plant or animal species; or you can talk about a historical fact or geographical landmark. They’re looking for great examples of local geography or history, and how you use your English and media literacy skills’. To submit entries you need to go to the linked ABC site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

History

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    Anzac Day Schools’ Award
    ‘Open to all Australian primary and secondary schools. Schools can enter as an individual class or the whole school, with a limit of one entry per school’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • Anzac Spirit Study Tour
    Northern Territory. ‘The tour will support students to explore the history of Anzac Day and Australia’s involvement in various conflicts and peacekeeping missions. It will provide an opportunity for three year 9 or 10 students, accompanied by two chaperones, to visit battlefields of significance to Australia and the Anzacs’.
    2019 Winners now listed on the site and will travel in the coming year.

  • Australian History Competition
    ‘In 2019 the competition will be offered to years 7, 8, 9 and 10. The Year 9 and 10 paper will be broadly based on the Australian Curriculum : History for Years 9 and 10. The Year 7 and 8 paper will be broadly based on the Australian Curriculum : History for Years 7 and 8. Each competition will present 50 multiple choice questions’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • Extension History Essay Prize [The History Teachers’ Association of NSW]
    ‘The Extension History Essay Prize is open to essays that satisfy the requirements of the NSW HSC Extension Project, are the product of genuine research and represent ‘interesting and well written history’. The Prize is sponsored by the University of Sydney’s Department of History’. There also special category prizes which may be entered. Details on the above page.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    HTAV Historical Fiction Competition
    ‘Inspire your Year 5-10 students to create stories based on historical events and people’. Three levels - Years 5 and 6, Years 7 and 8 and Years 9 and 10.
    Remember from 2018, the competition will be open only to Victorian students or students from schools that are institutional members of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    International History Bee & Bowl [Australia–New Zealand Division]
    ‘Two history quiz competitions which are held around the world. The Bee is for individual students; the Bowl is for teams. This website has all the details on our tournaments for students in Australia. This tournament is open to all students and teams as long as they have not yet played our current Australian set of questions – it does not require prior qualification’.
    Results have now been posted from all Australian and New Zealand Centres on This Page and also This Page [more detail].
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    International History Olympiad
    ‘Students can qualify] in any of the following ways. The International History Olympiad is a celebration of history attended by some of the best young history students from around the world, featuring numerous competitive and non-competitive events. The Olympiad is held every two years, therefore, the next Olympiad will be held in July 2020 ’. All relevant details from the site.
    Olympiad has now been completed for 2019.
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    National History Challenge
    ‘The National History Challenge [NHC] is an exciting contest that encourages students to use research and inquiry-based learning to discover more about the past. Students are the historians. They can investigate their community, explore their own and their family’s past and consider ideas throughout history. Entrants may be students from Primary years to Year 12, 19 years of age or younger in Australian schools’. The theme for 2019 is People and Power.
    State Presentation dates found on Key Dates page. National Presentation Date is 2 December 2019.
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    Peace in the Pacific Study Tour
    Northern Territory. ‘The study tour will visit important military sites in Hawaii to get an understanding of the mutual experience and sacrifice of the people in the NT and Hawaii from their involvement in the bombing of Darwin and Pearl Harbour, and the ongoing importance of peacekeeping missions today. Three year 10 or 11 students from NT schools will travel to Hawaii’.
    Three NT students from year 10 or 11 will travel to Hawaii in early December 2019.

  • Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize
    ‘The Prize is open to students in Years 9 and 10 currently enrolled in all Victorian Government, Catholic and Independent Schools. An annual competition held overseas study tour of sites where Australians have served in war, centred on Gallipoli or the Western Front’. Also see this site, and also this site which has extensive detail.
    Entries for the 2020 Prize have now closed. Premier’s announcement ceremony for recipients early in February 2020.

  • Remembrance Day Poster Competition
    ‘Victorian Primary Schools are invited to show off their creative skills and submit their design for the annual Shrine’s Remembrance Day poster’.
    Subscribe to the Shrine Education Enews to be notified of relevant details
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize
    ‘Open to all students currently in Year 9 in government and non-government schools in Tasmania, as well as home-schooled students at the same year levels. The winners will travel to Turkey, Belgium and France for approximately 12 nights [incorporating Anzac Day]’. Information also available from this site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019. Dates of travel April/May 2020.
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    The Premier’s Anzac Prize [Qld]
    ‘Gives 8 Queensland high school students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Anzac tradition first-hand. Open to all eligible Year 8-12 Queensland high school students’.
    Applications have now closed for 2019. There is a tour briefing and 2-day research workshop in January 2020. It is a requirement of the program to attend this workshop. Successful students and 2 teacher chaperones will take part in a 4-5 months research program prior to a 16-day tour of important memorial sites in London and the Western Front battlefields in France and Belgium, in April/May 2020.

  • Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize [SA]
    ‘Provides the opportunity or eight students and two teachers to win a fully-funded two-week study tour of Europe’s World War I battlegrounds. Open to all Year 9 and 10 students in South Australia’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • The Simpson Prize
    ‘A national competition for Year 9 and 10 students’. Details are on the site. The Australian War Memorial Simpson Prize site is also worth visiting.
    Travel will take place in 2020.

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Technology

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    2019 Future Makers STEM Awards
    ‘Students in Years 5-9 from the Gladstone and Western Downs regions have the unique opportunity to pitch their innovative ideas to solve some of today’s greatest challenges through the 2019 Future Makers STEM Awards. The Gladstone region includes the Gladstone and Rockhampton Local Government Areas. Students are tasked with using STEM [science, technology, engineering and maths) knowledge and skills to identify a local problem with real-world context and pitch a solution that relates to one of the competition topics (Environment, Recycling, Natural Disaster and Health]’. All details from the site.
    Winner’s prize includes the opportunity to showcase your submission at the World Science Festival Brisbane in Gladstone and Chinchilla 2020.

  • Aurecon - Bridge Building Competition
    Open to students in Years 8 and 9 [in Australia]. Separate information on the site for a number of areas around Australia and New Zealand. You can now also choose an optional Digital Design component.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Australian Informatics Olympiad
    ‘A national computer programming competition held annually in early September. Students write short computer programs to solve three problems that vary in difficulty. There are two papers : Intermediate for students up to Year 10, and Senior for students up to Year 12’.
    Competitions have now been completed for 2019.
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    Australian STEM Video Game Challenge
    ‘Facilitating engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, students learn vital skills for the future through designing, building and testing an original video game. A full copy of the Challenge rules and submission guidelines are included in the Mentor’s Handbook’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge
    ‘An international initiative whose goal is to promote computational thinking for teachers and students ages 8-17 / school years 3-12]. Bebras is aligned with and supports curricula across Australia. Bebras Australia is run by NICTA under the Digital Careers program. In addition to the Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge, In addition to the Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge, Bebras 365 is available as a free resource throughout the year’.
    Competitions have now been completed for 2019.
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    Code Quest
    ‘Code Quest is an annual computer programming competition where teams of 2-3 High School students each work together for 2.5 hours to solve problems by using JAVA, Python, VB.net, C, and/or C++ programming to complete the “quest”. The problem set consists of 15-20 challenging problems created by Lockheed Martin engineers and computer programmers’. All other details from the site. Free to enter but entrants need to pay for their own accommodation.
    Competitions have now been completed for 2019.
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    Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT]
    Formerly the Australian Informatics Competition [AIC]. ‘A one-hour problem-solving competition which seeks to identify computer programming potential. There are four papers : Upper Primary, Years 5-6; Junior, Years 7-8; Intermediate, Years 9-10; Senior, Years 11-12’. Detail also included in the Mathematics section above.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    EngQuest
    ‘An initiative of Engineers Australia, delivered free of charge to Australian schools. Lower primary, primary and middle years students work, applying their problem-solving skills to designing, constructing and unravelling exciting engineering projects’.
    Engineers Australia is currently considering options for reviewing and refreshing the EngQuest program to ensure we offer the most up to date and engaging content across a range of digital delivery channels. The EngQuest website and program materials will be offline until this review is complete. We expect this review to be underway through until late 2019.
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    Everybody Dance Nao
    Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria. ‘Everybody Dance Nao is a competition designed to give students access to the latest robotics software and technology. Join experts from The Brainary to learn the coding language behind an advanced humanoid robot Nao, and then join with your students as they teach Nao to dance. Final dances should be 30-45 seconds long. Guide, Training Video’ and more from the site.
    Entries now closed. Winning teams will be invited to a special Dance Off workshop.
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    F1 in Schools [REA Foundation]
    ‘The world’s largest secondary school technology program. Involves over nine million students from 17 000 schools in 31 nations’. World finals held in September.
    Second Discover Engineering Day is 2 December 2019.
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    FIRST Robotics Competition
    ‘An FRC team consists of high school students typically aged 14-18. These students have to work together to design, build, program and drive robots’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • Future Leaders Photography Prize
    ‘Year 12 students are invited to submit digital photographic work [one photograph for each student]. The work submitted can be on any theme. Submissions must include Student’s Name, School and Year Level’.
    The finest submissions from 2019 are featured on the Future Leaders Photography Gallery [www.futureleaders.com.au].
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    Google Code-in
    ‘For pre-university students [e.g., high school and secondary school students ages 13-17] with the goal of encouraging young people to participate in open source development’.
    The contest begins for students on December 3, 2019 at 05:00 [Australian Eastern Daylight Time]. All student work must be submitted by 23 January 2020. Grand Prize Winners and Finalists announced 10 February 2020. Grand Prize Winner trips in June 2020.
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    Grok Code Quest
    ‘A friendly five-week competition where thousands of school students come together to learn to code. Teachers can sign up their students, and students competing individually at home are also welcome. Programming challenges are released at the beginning of each week, along with interactive notes that teach you everything you need to complete them’. Multiple streams available.
    Competition finishes on 2 December. Challenges released at the beginning of each week.
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    Head On Photo Awards Student Prize
    ‘The Head On Student Prize is open to Australia’s young photographers [School years K-12]. Images must be produced by a photographic device which captures images [phone and experimental processes welcome], in colour and//or black & white. You may enhance the image and apply filters’. See Terms and Conditions for all other details. Closing date is usually in February.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • Imagine Cup
    ‘The world’s premier student technology competition’. Multiple options. Students must be at least 16 years of age and satisfy a number of other requirements. Individual and team competitions.
    You need to be able to sign in to a Microsoft account to access the site.
    Official Rules and Regulations are found on the Imagine Cup Competition Resources page.

  • Jaguar Primary School Challenge
    ‘Getting involved is easy. Jaguar Primary School Challenge engages primary students as young as 5 years old in building and racing a paper based F1® car. The program has been designed as a subset of the High School F1 in Schools™ STEM Challenge and is aimed at students in years K-7’.
    The challenge is available to run at any time throughout the year but you need to register to take part.
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    OzCLO - Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad
    ‘Designed for high school students from Year 9 to Year 12. It challenges them to develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating real languages’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Premier’s Coding Challenge [#cybersafeqld]
    ‘An annual statewide initiative for all Queensland students in Year 3 to Year 10. Students can enter as individuals or in pairs. You must code an interactive and innovative digital solution to raise awareness of cybersafety, and help Queenslanders by providing tips to improve their cybersafety’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    RoboCupJunior Australia
    ‘A project-oriented educational initiative. Teams work in a co-operative and supportive environment in three distinct challenges : Dance, Rescue and Soccer. Primary and secondary students’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Science and Engineering Investigation Awards - University of Tasmania
    ‘A state-wide competition for Year 5 to 12 students who investigate a topic of their choice. Students then present their findings to judges from research and industry. The judging is followed by a public presentation’. Operates in North-West Tasmania, Northern Tasmania and Southern Tasmania.
    Competitions have now been completed for 2019.
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    Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero
    ‘Teams consist of up to 5 young women in primary or secondary school [ages 10-18, although younger students with the maturity necessary to complete the program are encouraged to participate]’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    So You Think You Can Design - Textiles 2019
    ‘The 2019 So You Think You Can Design - Textiles challenge is now live ! And if you want to engage your students in the world of wearable technologies, then don’t miss it’. Download further information at this link.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Technovation
    The Global Technology Entrepreneurship Program for Girls. ‘Any girl or young woman [ages 10-18] interested in Technovation Girls is eligible to compete. All students must be between the ages of 10 to 18 as of August 1, 2020. All students must identify as female. No males can enter the competition.Teams are composed of 1 to 5 students. Students can only join 1 team. Competition Divisions are based on the age of the oldest student on the team. Students can participate in Technovation Girls for multiple seasons until they reach the age of 18’.
    Registration opened in the second half of October 2019. Official start of the 2020 Season is 14 January, 2020. Last day to register as a student or mentor is 16 March, 2020. Judge registration opens on 23 March, 2020. Competition submission deadline is 20 April, 2020. Regional Pitch Events and Online Judging is done between Mid-April and Mid-May. Semi-Final Judging is done in Early June 2020. The Technovation Global Summit will be held in August 2020.
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    The Archibull Prize
    ‘The Archibull Prize will engage Secondary school students in agricultural and environmental awareness through art, design, creativity and teamwork by providing a blank Archie for students to create an artwork on or to use as the subject of an artwork which focuses on the [nominated] theme’. Find details from the following downloads : Important Dates and The Program.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    The ATOM Photo Comp [2019]
    ‘The ATOM Photo Comp is an initiative of Australian Teachers of Media [ATOM]. It provides Australian and New Zealand student and adult photographers with the opportunity to submit a folio of three [3] photographs adhering to a theme, and win fantastic prizes in the process. The theme for the 2019 competition is Texture. The competition runs across five age-group categories : Lower Primary [Years F–3]; Upper Primary [Years 4–6]; Lower Secondary [Years 7–9]; Upper Secondary [Years 10–12]; and Open’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

  • The Mars Rover Challenge
    ‘The goal of the main challenge is to program a robot to navigate the Martian terrain. This can be done by writing a program or group of programs to make the rover autonomous and collect data. To encourage good coding practices, students will be given a higher score for well documented and formulated code’. All other details and registration form from the site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019. Materials for 2020 are now available through the site.

  • Top Coder Competition [ANSTO]
    ‘We invite schools to enter two students from Year 5 and Year 6 in the Top Coder Competition. Students will work collaboratively in a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere with coding and robotics coaches’. Includes both Robotics and Scratch Coding competitions. Held in Sydney for NSW schools.
    Competitions have now been completed for 2019.
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    Web.Comp 2019
    ‘A web competition for high school students. Web.Comp 2019 will run for 5 weeks, starting February/March. Each week, we’ll release interactive notes with the information you’ll need to complete the week’s web design challenges. The last week will be a web design tournament where you can submit your own design and vote on everyone else’s ! Students can sign up now via the above site’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Wool4School Student Design Competition
    ‘Open to students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Wool4School sets the challenge to design an original outfit made from one of the world’s most innovative and natural fibres - Australian Merino wool’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
  • Apprenticeship or Traineeship; Undertaking or completed studies towards a qualification at an RTO/TAFE or University
    WorldSkills Australia
    ‘Australia’s Largest Trade and Skill Competition ! Competitions [are] held on a Regional, national and international level. All three levels of competition run biennially’.
    WorldSkills Australia operates in 34 regions across Australia. To find out about Regional Competitions near you, contact your closest Regional Coordinators [see FAQs for further information]. Register here. The Regional and International events were held in 2019. The next National events will be held in 2020.
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    Young ICT Explorers
    ‘The competition’s alignment with the school curriculum enables students to apply what they learn in their ICT/Digital Technologies classroom to develop a technology related project of their choice’.
    Competitions have now been completed for 2019.
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    Zero Robotics
    ‘Zero Robotics is a free international robotics programming competition which challenges participants to test their coding skills on NASA robots known as SPHERES [Synchronised, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites] aboard the International Space Station. Teams from high schools around the world program the SPHERES to solve challenge’. Led in Australia by the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies. Further information can be found at Zero Robotics, based at MIT in the United States.
    Dates run from mid-October and finish on 28 January 2020. A full date listing is found on the home page given above.

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    Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
    Junior section where ‘ the entrant must be under 18 years of age at the date of close of entries. Entries must fit the criteria of any of the other nine categories’. Categories available on the site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Design an Ad Competition
    ‘Make sure you’re on our mailing list to be notified when the next Design an Ad Contest launches’. Western Australian students.
    Competitions have now been completed for 2019.

Film [Media]

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    ATOM Awards
    Find all 2018 information for Primary and Secondary students by selecting the “Entering” section of the menu. Includes film, animation and other media areas.
    Competitions have now been completed for 2019.
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    Boston International Kids Film Festival
    ‘Our goal in showing films from around the world, all made either FOR or BY kids, is to show teens and tweens that making a film can be a powerful way to tell a story, express your emotions, state a point of view and [more importantly] to have fun!’ Multiple sections and themes. Also check this page for additional details, USA Based.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    CinéfestOZ Short Film Competition
    ‘Encourages South West [WA] students to explore the medium of film and use multi-media formats for production, awareness, marketing and audience reach. Participants need to be 13-18 years old and attending secondary school. This years Cinesnaps theme is The Watch’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    FlickerUp
    ‘National competition for primary and secondary school students or film-makers under 18 years old’. Part of Flickerfest.
    Selected films for 2020 FlickerUp will screen on Saturday 18th January 2020.
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    Heart of Gold
    International Short Film Festival. ‘Entry is open any student who was enrolled in Year 6-12 [Year 13 in some states] anytime between 9 Oct 2018 and 6 August 2019. Entry is free’. Select Young Filmmakers Competition link on the home page for all details and forms.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Little Big Shots
    ‘The festival still stands as Australia’s premiere kids’ film festival event - a niche Australian event, that tours capital cities from June every year, following the LBS Festival at ACMI over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend’.
    Little Big Shots was part of CHIFF [Children’s International Film Festival] in 2019. This will be monitored to see what happens in 2020.

  • Primary School Short Film Competition
    Cultural Diversity Week. ‘The Primary School Short Film Competition called on our state’s youngest filmmakers to produce a short film that explores what multiculturalism looks like’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    SmartFone Flick Fest
    ‘SmartFone Flick Fest is Australia’s international smartphone film festival for filmmakers of all ages. We are a world-wide festival open to anyone with a smartphone or tablet and a great idea for a short film’. Entry fee applies. SF3 Kids Pick Flick is for students under 16 years of age.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Screen It
    ACMI. An ‘epic moving image competition for Primary and Secondary school students. Screen It is designed to educate, encourage and foster the next generation of young moving image makers. The Screen It theme for 2019 is ... LISTEN!!!’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    StuffIT
    ‘If you are currently enrolled in Year 7-12 at any Australian or New Zealand Secondary School you are qualified to enter. As long as your entry is postmarked by the due date, your entry will be accepted with no problems’. Check the Entries link for further information.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Updated ! Sydney International Festival of Films by Children
    ‘The Sydney International Festival of Films by Children is the largest festival of child-produced films in Australia and is part of an international network of similar Festivals. The Festival exists to give Australian children under 13 years the opportunity to screen their films in an international context alongside their peers from all over the world. Entries are currently being accepting for screening in 2020. There are no screenings scheduled for 2019 as the year is being spent developing our existing Festival model to better meet the needs of young filmmakers in Australia and around the world’.
    Entries are open all year round. Other details from the site.
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    The 1-Minute Film Competition
    ‘Each film must be based on the year’s theme. You can create a piece of fiction, a documentary, a community-service announcement or a music clip [be sure to adhere to copyright rules !]. Your film can be animated or live-action. It might be funny or serious’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    The Real Film Festival
    ‘The RFF’s most popular short film competition invites filmmakers of all levels to find inspiration and tell your story through film. Each short film must take inspiration from one of the categories nominated for the year’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Trop[fest] Junior
    ‘Modelled on Tropfest, Trop Jr is our signature event of 16 finalist films, showcasing the work of incredibly talented filmmakers as individuals or in teams, aged 15 years and younger. Each year, Trop Jr includes a “signature item” which needs to be incorporated into the entries to ensure that they are unique and are made specifically for Trop Jr. This year’s signature item is : PIZZA. Entries must be seven minutes or less, and Trop Jr must be their world premiere. Download our Filmmaker Entry Kit for more information, including technical requirements’. Check the Terms and Conditions for further details.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    HIDDEN Rookwood Students
    ‘A new component as a part of HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures 2019. We invite students from secondary and tertiary institutions or youth groups, either as individuals or as a group. We are interested in works that respond to the themes of history, culture, remembrance, love, cycles of life and the passage of time. We are open to a wide range of artistic approaches, materials and forms. For more information, please email the curator or contact the office on  02 8575 8100’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    QIEU Excellence in Art Design Awards
    ‘The Art Design Awards are open to preschool, primary and secondary school students and teachers in independent schools throughout Queensland. Poster and Entry Form available’ from the site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes
    Open to students in Primary schools and Years 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 in secondary schools. It ‘invites photographers to interpret “Contemporary Life in Australia” with an emphasis on Australians going about their day-to-day life’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Schools Photographic Competition
    Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. ‘Open to students of high schools and colleges in Canberra and Queanbeyan. Entries must be submitted through the student’s school or college. All photographs must be taken in the Australian National Botanic Gardens’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Screenshot Competition
    ‘Offers students an opportunity to develop their photographic skills and gain recognition for their efforts’. Three school levels for entry. Art Gallery of NSW.
    Competitions have now been completed for 2019.

Art


  • Amazing Brains Art Competition
    ‘Any child attending an Australian primary school can enter this competition. Students can enter individually or as part of a combined school effort. The competition is judged in three categories : Foundation Year [Prep] and Year 1; Years 2, 3 and 4; and Years 5 and 6. Show us how your brain is amazing by creating an artwork for our creative art competition. Your artwork must be inspired by the brain and fit on A4-size paper. You can use pens, pencils, crayons, textas or paint’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Angelico Exhibition
    Art competitions and exhibitions for primary and secondary students in Catholic schools in Western Australia. Registration forms on the site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    International Student Art Contest – Science without Borders® Challenge
    ‘This international art competition is open to all students 11-19 years old. Students must be enrolled in primary or secondary school, or the home school equivalent. The theme for the 2019 Challenge is Connected Ocean : No Barriers, No Boundaries, and No Borders’.
    All winners will be notified by email. All participants will receive a digital certificate.
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    OzKids Art Competition
    There are five categories available for you to choose from. These include Drawing, Painting, Indigenous, Photography and Computer Art. Entry form available from the site. You can also review a wide range of previous entries in all categories.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists
    ‘This visual art award is open to Western Australian school students and encourages imagination, innovation and creativity’. Multiple levels for different age/grade groups.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    The Lester Prize
    ‘Students in Years 7-12 are invited to paint a portrait of a well known Australian; an Australian they respect/admire; or undertake a self portrait’.
    Previously listed as The Black Swan Prize.
    Exhibition from 9 November to 9 December 2019. SJOGHC Touring Exhibition runs 20 December 2019 to 5 February 2020.
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    Young Archie Competition
    Art Gallery NSW. ‘The Young Archie competition invites budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 to submit a portrait. There are four age categories : 5-8 year olds, 9-12 year olds, 13-15 year olds and 16-18 year olds’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

Music

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    ACMF National Songwriting Competition
    ‘An annual National Songwriting Competition for every Primary and Secondary School, both public and private, in Australia’. Terms & Conditions found here.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019. Winner automatically agrees to perform their winning song at the request of ACMF for a 12 month period from mid-November.
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    Artology - Fanfare Competition
    ‘The competition is open to young people aged 12-21 years. To enter write a 30 second composition and submit a score and recording online’.
    Entries for the Fanfare Competition will reopen again in February 2020.

  • Australian Singing Competition
    ‘Australia’s richest and most prestigious competition for young opera and classical singers’. Suited to senior secondary and tertiary students. People must be under 26 years of age. Find all details and dates on the How to enter page.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Get Songwriting
    University of Southern Queensland. ‘Entry into the Competition is free and open to an ‘Eligible Entrant’ [Entrant or You] who is an Australian Secondary School Student currently in Years 10-12 who is the sole author of the Song [written lyrics] submitted’. Other details available from the Terms and Conditions link in the How to Enter section of the home page.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Updated ! Music : Count Us In
    National Songwriting Competition. ‘For all schools - primary and secondary, State and independent, metropolitan, regional and remote. Registration is free Winners have the chance to participate in a one day songwriting workshop [travel and accommodation provided]’.
    The 2020 Songwriting Competition has now opened. Entries for the competition close on 19 February 2020. Celebration Day 2020 will take place on 5 November 2020.
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    Score IT!
    ‘A state-wide film-scoring competition open to all secondary school students in Queensland. The competition challenges young composers to create an original composition to accompany a short film produced by the Griffith Film School. Based on year level, students compete in either Score IT! Junior or Senior by composing and recording a soundtrack using instruments of their choice’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.
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    Unearthed High Competition
    ‘We’re looking for the BEST act in high school’. At least 50% of the group/act must be in high school. Details on site. The Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative runs in conjunction with the Unearthed High program.
    Competition has now been completed for 2019.

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