AUSSIE EDUCATOR

Student Competitions

Each year, a multitude of competitions are available for students and schools. These cover all curriculum areas. Some are run by subject organisations, some by governments, some by private organisations, some by international groups.

Competitions listed fall into what would be classed as the “academic” areas, e.g. Language area, STEM, STEAM and the Social Sciences. Some of these are grouped under the heading of Challenges, e.g. Premier’s Reading Challenge, National History Challenge, … .

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

Sporting competitions and events such as Eisteddfods can be found from a range of other sources.

Competitions vary from local to state level, national and international. While most are run in calendar years, others run across two years, e.g. Tropfest, ANZAC. Many are free to enter, others have entry fees either for individuals or teams. In addition, included competitions may apply to different levels or combinations of school levels as indicated above.

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 allows for further additions over the coming year either by recommendation or by discovery on our part.

We undertook a full review of all competitions at the end of December 2020. As a result, we removed a number of competitions while also adding some new ones. Allowing for the impact of COVID in 2020, those still uncertain for 2021 will be monitored. Unless found certain to run, each will be removed shortly. If you are aware of other competitions or challenges suitable for inclusion please notify us so we can develop an even more comprehensive listing for your use.

Specific levels are indicated through use of the following icons and through the descriptors provided with each competition.

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

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.

     

Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Biology

The Biology Olympiad Exam will be held on 29 July 2021. Check re the closure date for Registration.

     

Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Chemistry

The Chemistry Olympiad Exam will be held on 30 July 2021. Check re the closure date for Registration.

     

Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Earth and Environmental Science

The Earth and Environmental Science Olympiad Exam will be held on 28 July 2021. Check re the closure date for Registration.

     

Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Physics

The Physics Olympiad Exam will be held on 27 July 2021. Check re the closure date for Registration.

     

Junior Science Olympiad Exam

The Junior Science Olympiad Exam [Y7-10] is based on general science content [Biology, Chemistry and Physics], is held online, is two hours long, and questions are multiple choice. It will be held on 26 July 2021. Check for Registration Closure date.

  

Australian Space Design Competition

‘Would you like to design your own futuristic space station ?’ See details in the Challenges section above.

Registrations close on 31 July 2021. ASDC Submissions are due on 27 August 2021. Finalists are announced 8 October 2021. ASDC Finals Team Registrations due 29 October 2021. Finals Invoice due : Part 1 - 26 November 2021 and Part 2 - 18 February 2022. SADC Finals Weekend is 15-16 January 2022.

  

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.

Australian section of the competition has now been completed for 2021. Late August 2021 - SJWP Ceremony held during World Water Week [23-27 August] in Stockholm.

     

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.

Entry into the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards is via nomination only, via a state or territory Science Teachers Association competition [see below]. Winners now listed on the site.

        

SEA*ACT : Science & Engineering 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’.

2021 competition is now open. Projects due 27 and 28 August 2021 [Alfred Deakin High School]. Digital Submissions close 11.59pm, 27 August 2021. Judging was previously done on the day after this and Science Fair Project Viewing was held the next day. Other dates once known.

        

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’.

Key Dates are listed on this page [Dates are now for 2021]. Competition takes place in the second half of the year - August/September.

        

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 you can enter.

‘Entries can be submitted electronically at any time of the year, closing date is Friday of the last week of Term 3 [24 September 2021]. Check the Competition Booklet to monitor further details [currently shows 2020 details]’.

        

Queensland Science Contest [STAQ]

‘An opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to grade 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes’.

Register your entry online before 7 October 2021. Submit online entries by 7 October 2021. Regulation permitting, judging takes place between October 11 and 31. Regulation permitting, the Awards Ceremony will be held mid to late Term 4.

        

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’.

Key Dates are found on the 2021 Event Information page, beginning with the closure of entries on 3 June 2021.

        

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’. 2021 Theme is Food Different by Design.

The 2021 TSTS Booklet is now available. Go to Page 5 for a list of the relevant dates.

        

Science Victoria : Science Talent Search

‘Science based competition open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria. The theme for 2020 is Destination Moon : more missions, more science’.

Registrations are now closed. School Pack 1 will arrive on 14 June 2021. Entries have to be submitted between 18 June and 18 July 2021 [online]. Judging Day is 7 August 2021. Schools Pack 2 20 August and Schools Pack 3 4 October 2021. For all dates and details check Important Competition Dates 2021.

        

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’.

Student Registration and Entry Submission opens 30 August 2021. STS Judging - Registration opens 30 August 2021. 2021 Science Talent Search Competition feedback - Opens Monday 25 October 2021.

  

ANSTO’s National Science Week Hackathon 2021

‘The aim of the Hackathon is for secondary school students in Years 7-9 [Junior Division] and Years 10-11 [Senior Division] to gain experience in science, innovation and entrepreneurship. Students will also gain creative confidence, valuable team-working skills, interviewing skills, experience with online collaboration tools and have a chance to interact with scientists, professionals and entrepreneurs’.

Entries Close 6 August; Challenge Themes published 9 August; Teacher briefing/PD session; Design Thinking Workshop + Meet your team mentor 13 August; 16 August - Hackathon begins; 17 August - Meet the Challenge Mentors, revise and re-work your ideas. Finalists will be notified on 17 August; 18 August - Create a video of your solution and submit. Winners will be announced on this day.

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.

Previously opened entry period in April and closed them in late September. Held at ANSTO in Sydney in early November [some variation in 2020]. Entry guidelines [including Key Dates -currently for 2020] are found on this page.

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 2021.

     

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 About CREST - CSIRO for a background on the program plus other links.

  

Education Perfect [EP]- 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.

The Competition will be held 16-23 August 2021. Any other relevant information once this is advised.

     

Eureka : Sleek Geeks Science Prize

‘The 2021 University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize will be awarded for a short [2-minute] film that communicates a scientific concept in an accessible and engaging way. Films must be based on the 2021 theme, ‘big’’. Main website is found at an Australian Museum website. Multiple Teacher resources are available. Primary and Secondary competitions. Multiple competition options. Theme for 2021 is “BIG”.

‘Entries have now closed for 2021. Finalist and highly commended entrants notified by Friday 30 July 2021. Finalists announced Thursday 2 September 2021. Winners announced Thursday 7 October 2021.

  

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 understand what options are available/involved and stay in touch is to sign up for regular email updates.

     

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]’.

Previously held over several days in early September. Still showing 2020 information. Exact dates for 2021 once these are advised.

     

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’.

Check the Timetable and Deadlines page for all 2021 dates. Be sure to read the short paragraph at the top of the listing. Check the FAQ page for further help.

  

Junior Space Design Competition

‘Designed for aspiring young engineers and scientists, who want to learn about the basics 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.

There is a Timeline on the above page detailing from Registrations Open to Presentation Event. Now showing 2021 details. Registrations close 31 July 2021.

Updated ! 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.

Still showing 2020 information. This will be changed once 2021 dates are provided. Previously the event was held in September.

     

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.

‘If Social Distancing Restrictions are eased for 2021, we will once again be running the 2021 STANSW Young Scientist Paper Plane State Championships at the University of Sydney’. Monitor for further notifications. Still showing 2020 information. Previously not held till late August.

  

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. ‘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’.

Use the About the Science Challenge page and scroll down for all dates. These now show 2021 dates.

     

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’.

Key dates will be available here once listed. “We anticipate the Awards will go ahead in some form this September but we’ll notify schools via InfoStream and emails to previous participants as soon as possible. Please get in touch if you want to be notified about our programs”. Notification will be made when dates are provided.

  

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.

Previously held around the middle of August. Still displaying 2020 information. 2021 dates for all aspects once these are advised.

  

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.

‘SIQ has temporarily been suspended until further notice !’

     

ScienceXart : Spot the Maths

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’.

Monitor for further updates regarding the 2021 version of this competition. Still showing 2020 details. Previously entries opened in late June. Still showing 2020 dates.

  

SPECTRA

ASTA. ‘A national science award program for students between Years 1 and 10’. Two sections - Years 1-4 and Years 5-10. SPECTRA Information for Teachers will give greater clarity about the value and process of this

The program is ongoing with no given deadlines.

Shorebirds Competition [ANSTO]

‘Open to students in Years 3 to 6 in the Greater Sydney/Illawarra and Melbourne areas, this competition aims to help raise awareness of the plight of shorebirds and inspire a younger generation of environmentalists. This is a fantastic opportunity for teachers to highlight a contemporary environmental issue and provide cross-curriculum teaching in Science, Geography and Art’. The How to Enter section on the above page provides a range of information.

Competition Closes : Friday 6 August 2021, 5pm. Winners Announced : Monday 6 September 2021 – World Shorebirds Day. Other dates if any are advised.

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.

The Contest Schedule page lists the when, what and where of the competition. Registration is now closed. Competition Day is 5 August 2021.

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 The Big Ideas Saving the Planet [2020], which must be 800 words or less’. Open to all high school students in Years 7–10.

The 2021 competition went live in April 2021. Entries close 27 August 2021. Winner announced 11 October 2021. They will be promoted at an event in November 2021.

  

Zayed Sustainability Prize

‘The Zayed Sustainability Prize, an evolution of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, is the UAE’s pioneering global award in sustainability and a tribute to the legacy of the late founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Open to all high schools with students between 11-19 years old. The application must be supported by the school and its management’.

Winners of the previous prize were announced at an Awards Ceremony during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January 2021. Submission deadline has now passed for 2021. Information from the Global High Schools pages is found here.

Biology

iGEM Competition

‘Annual, world wide, synthetic biology event aimed at undergraduate university students, as well as high school and graduate students’.

The new 2021 Calendar page provides all dates for this year, beginning with Registrations opening date.

  

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’.

No 2021 competition. We’re not hosting the Sunflower Competition in 2021. We will email you when we run the next event.

Chemistry

  

International Chemistry Quiz

‘Provides a major focus for secondary school students on the relevance of chemistry’. Secondary students. Previously called and listed as the Australian National Chemistry Quiz.

Registrations are open up to Friday 11 June 2021. The next ICQ Quiz will be held on Thursday 29 July 2021. Online and hard copy formats available.

  

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’.

For information regarding dates, etc., select from the listing of states and territories at the bottom of the home page and also view the ANTC Rules [still showing 2020 information] Updates will be noted when these are provided.

Physics

A Beamline for School Competition

‘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 ?’

Proposal submission has now closed. Join our BL4S Facebook group and stay tuned for news ! If you need more information, do not hesitate to get in touch with us at: bl4s.team@cern.ch. Newly released information also found here.

  

IYPT.org

‘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.

Register by contacting Allen Allinson via aallinson@bggs.qld.edu.au regarding future events. Current tournament pre-registration of countries closed in February with the event in 2021 being held in Kutaisi, Georgia from 7-14 July 2021. You will need to check for Australian details using the email link above during Term 3 at the latest.

Junior Young Physicists Tournament

‘The JYPT is an exciting opportunity for teams of enthusiastic Science students in the Asia Pacific Region to come together and participate in Physics Fights, collaborate with fellow student scientists from around the region and take home the title of JYPT Champion. Each year the JYPT is held at a different school in the Asia Pacific Region’. Registration is now open for all girls’ schools across Australia.

The next Tournament is being held in Brisbane at Brisbane Girls Grammar School from 30 September to 3 October 2021. Schedule Released Closer to Tournament.

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Social Science

General Social Sciences Topics

  

Education Perfect [EP] - 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 is being held from 25 May to 1 June 2021.

Economics & Business Studies

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’. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, Contact Us.

‘We have made the decision to postpone the QUT Business School BlueShift 2021 competition. In the meantime, there are plenty of resources available to help you prepare for BlueShift’s return as well as give you real-world experience in developing business solutions’..

Illuminate:nextgen Challenge

‘The illuminate:nextgen Challenge is mapped to national vocational outcomes and fully aligned with the Australian Curriculum at the Years 9 & 10 level. Not only will your students be given an opportunity to showcase the entrepreneurial skills they have developed in the challenge, but they will also learn useful skills around Critical thinking, Creativity, Problem solving, Digital & financial literacy, Public speaking & presentation skills, Organisation & perseverance and Working in a collaborative team environment’.

States are now planning for 2021. 2021 Area Programs will be found on this page [all states/territories now show 2021 dates]. Registration form available.

  

Updated !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.

Entries are to be sent to the office of YOUR respective state/territory coordinator by Friday 10 September 2021. For other details, including the entry form, see the brochure above.

  

Schools Sharemarket Game

‘The Sharemarket Game for Schools is a great way for students to learn about investing, buying and selling shares and how to do research. Winning teams can win prizes and we provide teacher support materials including lesson plans and regular newsletters. Only teachers can register for the Game. Students compete either individually or in a group of 2 to 4 students’. A Teachers getting started guide is available here. Other details from the site.

‘Game 2, 2021 - Registration opens 15 July 2021. Game 2 - dates : 19 August – 28 October 2021’.

  

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’. Existing Users need to log in and New Users need to create an account to get relevant details. Find information on ESSI Money here.

The Suncorp ESSI Money Challenge only runs for two weeks, usually in Term 3, each year.

  

Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition

‘Participants from 13 to 29 years with an idea or project, a concept, solution or initiative with a societal impact that champion and help implement one or more of the 17 17 Sustainable Development Goals are welcome to join’. Two sections cover Best Ideas and Best Projects.

The 2021 Timeline is found on this page, beginning in April and ending with an online Award Ceremony on 10 December 2021.

Geography

  

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’.

‘Entries for the 2021 Competition are now open!’. A Competition Entry form is available here. All 2021 Dates are now available here..

  

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’.

National entries need to be forwarded to the international body by 15 September 2021. For specific Australian details contact Mapping Sciences Australia. Check the National Co-ordinator and 2021 Rules document for further details.The maps with the signed Parental Permissions and an accompanying letter should be sent so that it arrives by Wednesday 15 September 2021.

     

International Geography Bee

‘The International Geography Bee is a worldwide geography quiz competition for primary and secondary school students. This link takes you to the Australian & New Zealand information. Other background information can be found here. Details relating to Spring 2021 Online Geography Bee League [International Geography Bee] for the Asian-Oceania region are found here. Registration deadline has now passed.

‘The expected inaugural date will be somewhere between June and September 2021’. Monitor for further information.

  

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’. MapIT! Stimulus provides further information as do Teacher and Student Booklets, available from the site.

Monitor for further details.

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’.

‘Due to the uncertainty of Covid-19, it has been agreed that the event will be held online - within the dates 10-16 August 2021.

History

     

Anzac Day Schools’ Award

The Awards changed in 2020, with a new Australian wartime theme; a later entry close time, giving schools longer to prepare and submit entries; and a different prize structure. In 2020, the awards theme will be the Second World War. This aligns with the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, which is commemorated on Victory in the Pacific Day on 15 August. Each year, we will choose a different theme to reflect a significant anniversary or an aspect of Australia’s wartime history. This year, your entry must focus on World War II and its impact on Australian communities’.

Entries close 30 June 2021. The topic for this competitions is What does commemoration look like in your community ?.

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’.

Due to the the effect of the COVID pandemic, ‘the resumption of the study tour will be determined based on advice from relevant authorities’. More details as these become available.

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 dates are 30 May to 4 June 2021.

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 are also special category prizes which may be entered. Details on the above page.

In 2021 we will be accepting electronic submissions only for the HTANSW Extension Essay Prize. [See link for electronic entry.] Opened for submissions in Term 2. Closing Date is 10 September 2021.

  

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 the competition is open only to Victorian students or students from schools that are institutional members of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria.

Entries are now open and close 5pm, Monday 2 August 2021. Other dates as advised.

  

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 202’. All relevant details from the site.

The next Olympiad will will not take place until 25 July to 1 August 2022. More details coming soon ! Monitor regularly for updates.

     

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 2021 is SIGNIFICANCE : HISTORY MATTERS.

Check the Key Dates page for information updates. Closing date is Friday 27 August 2021, with Presentation Dates in November/December [Still only the Tasmanian date, 4 November 2021, given for 2021 at this time]. Other dates notified once advised.

  

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’.

Due to coronavirus [COVID-19], the resumption of the study tour will be determined based on advice from relevant authorities. Monitor for updates.

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.

Entries previously closed in August. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

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 for the 2021 Prize have now closed. Monitor for information about the 2022 Prize later in the year.

The Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize [SA]

‘Provides the opportunity for 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’.

Only four entries will be accepted from a school [unless that school also has a student submitting entries on behalf of a community organisation]. Entries have now closed for 2021.

The Simpson Prize

‘A national competition for Year 9 and 10 students’. Details are on the site. Note : students who submit winning entries for this year’s Simpson Prize question will travel in 2020

Submissions for the 2021 prize have now closed. Other dates for the 2021 Prize process once advised. The next closing date to submit an entry will normally occur in early November [2021].

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Technology

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.

Unfortunately, due to the continued disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the hard decision to cancel the 2021 competition. We look forward to seeing you in 2022.

  Australian Mathematics Trust

‘The Australian Mathematics Trust is a leading provider of mathematics and algorithmics enrichment programs and global competitions. We hold mathematics and algorithmics competitions, administer enrichment activities, conduct workshops for students and teachers, and publish books on mathematical enrichment for Australian and international students’.

The Australian Mathematics Trust also runs several Mathematical competitions which are listed as a group under the Australian Mathematics Trust heading in the Mathematics section of the Competitions pages.

Competitions are listed below.

     

Australian Informatics Olympiad

‘An open national computer programming competition for Years 7–12. Students write short computer programs to solve four problems that vary in difficulty. The competition does not test computer literacy or knowledge but is focused on problem solving through programming skills. There are two papers — Intermediate for students up to Year 10 and Senior for students up to Year 12. Each paper has six problems, and students submit the source code for their solutions online during the three-hour contest’.

Entries close 19 August 2021. Competition is held on Thursday 26 August 2021.

        

Australian Invitational Informatics Olympiad [AIIO]

‘The Australian Invitational Informatics Olympiad is a programming competition for Australian and New Zealand students and is held each year in February. The AIIO is an important part of AMT’s Olympiad program and is used to identify talented students who may be invited to the Informatics Selection School in April, which is an important step in the pathway to representing Australia at the International Olympiad in Informatics’.

Around 40 students are invited to participate each year.

        

Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT]

‘The CAT is run by teachers in schools, aims to identify coding potential and is open to students in Years 5 to 12. Held in late term 1, the CAT has four divisions : Upper Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior. It is available in both online and paper format. In 2021 we’ve extended the competition period allowing schools to sit across multiple days’.

Competition has now been held for 2021.

        

Oxford University Computing Challenge [OUCC]

‘The Oxford University Computing Challenge [OUCC] is a two round competition held between The Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition [CAT] and the Australian Informatics Olympiad [AIO]. It builds on the principles used in the CAT Competition and helps students develop their skills further to produce programmed solutions to computational thinking problems. Questions are solved using the Blockly programming language, as well as the programming languages available to students in their schools for Secondary levels’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.

     

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 Mentors Handbook’.

Team Registrations are now open until 22 July 2021. This and all other dates are found on page 3 of the Mentors Handbook.

     

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, Bebras 365 is available as a free resource throughout the year’.

Returned in March 2021. The Bebras Handbook provides a wealth of information [now the 2021 version] as does the FAQ page. You need to Login to register. Round 1 - Now completed. Round 2 - 23 August - 5 September 2021.

  

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 Australian site. Free to enter but entrants need to pay for their own accommodation.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.

     

Design an Ad Competition

‘Your challenge is to design an ad for a real company. Follow their brief, learn about the product or service, know your audience, use persuasive language and think carefully about layout and visual impact. The competition is open to primary and secondary students in WA schools’.

This competition closes on 2 July 2021.

  

F1 in Schools [REA Foundation]

‘The world’s largest secondary school technology program. Involves over nine million students from 17 000 schools in 44 nations’. World finals held in September.

Due to the impact of COVID, there will be NO external competition for this project in 2021. We expect to be be in a position to offer a competition in 2022.

  

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’.

Check the Calendar page for updates. Includes information about Kickoff for the 2022 Competition.

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’.

Submissions closed at the end of May. Monitor for winner’s announcement date.

  

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 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.

The World Science Festival Program will return to Brisbane on 30 August 2021.

     

Grok Code Quest

Check the More section of the menu. ‘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.

Go to the Coding Events on Grok page for dates/details of the various streams/competitions for 2021 [3 sessions].

  

IBM EdTech Youth Challenge - The Australian Museum

‘This challenge is an applied learning experience for students to understand and identify issues around environmental sustainability, health concerns and disaster resilience and how artificial intelligence [AI] technology and design thinking methods can be used to tackle these problems. The competition is open to high schools nationwide. Teachers with teams of students in Years 7 to 10 are invited to enter compelling projects where technology, with a focus on AI and machine learning, is applied to help solve existing or imminent problems facing society’.

Project exploration, design and build from March - June 2021. Submission deadline is 21 June 2021. Judging during July 2021. Online awards ceremony during National Science Week - 14-22 August 2021.

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.

Event schedule on the home page. You must have submitted your entry during January for the 2021 Competition.

  

Imagine Cup Junior AI for Good Schools Challenge

‘Imagine Cup Junior 2021 provides students aged 13 to 18 the opportunity to learn about technology and how it can be used to positively change the world. The global challenge is focused on Artificial Intelligence [AI], introducing students to AI and Microsoft’s AI for Good initiatives so they can come up with ideas to solve social, cultural and environmental issues. Starting in November [2020] we will have a series of AI webinars to guide students through the world of AI. Dates and times are displayed below, educators can register to get the webinar join links and access to recordings’.

Register now to receive access to an exciting calendar of virtual events and learning materials. Timetable for webinars available on the site.

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.

  

Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

‘Students must also be between the ages of 13 and 22 at close of entries. The FAQ page provides relevant details. The Australian co-ordinators are found at this page. Take special note of the requirements needed for entry to the championship’.

First day of entry was 16 June 2020 and the closing day is 15 June 2021. World Championship is held in Florida USA 1-4 August 2021, Covid permitting.

  

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 2021.

  

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’.

2021 Key Dates now on the above page. Submission Portal opened in April with entries closing 17 September 2021.

     

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’.

‘2021 Australian Open will be held at the Adelaide Showgrounds, Adelaide on 8-10 October 2021’. Dates for states/territories will be available soon and will be found via their links on the Challenge Region menu item at the top of the page.

     

RoboCup Junior NSW

‘Your task is to design, build, and program your robot or robots to complete a set challenge. You will apply your problem-solving, creative and critical thinking skills to solve a set of problems and fulfil the brief [see site]’.

Register here prior to entering. Challenges previously due early December with Winners announced in mid-December. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

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.

Key dates will be available here once listed. We anticipate the Awards will go ahead in some form this September but we’ll notify schools via InfoStream and emails to previous participants as soon as possible.

     

So You Think You Can Design - Textiles

‘The 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’.

Registrations and submissions previously closed in mid-April. Finalists competed in a live hands-on design marathon during the first half of May. Still showing 2020 dates.

  

Student Blogging Challenge

‘The Student Blogging Challenge is about embracing all of the benefits of publishing online - from learning digital writing skills, and digital citizenship, to developing an authentic audience and connecting with others around the globe. The Student Blogging Challenge has run twice yearly, beginning each March and October’. Further information is found on the About the Challenge page.

‘The challenge runs twice yearly, previously beginning March and October with 8 weekly tasks each time’. Still showing details for 2020. Click on this link to sign up for email notifications about the Student Blogging Challenge.

     

Techgirls Competition

Previously listed as the 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]’.

Check the Key Dates page for all 2021 dates. Module 3 begins 14 June 2021.

     

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’.

The Get Started page provides information and Key Dates. World Summit is in August 2021.

  

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 : Program and Timeline.

The 2021 Timeline is found here.

     

The ATOM Photo Comp [2021]

‘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 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’.

Entries are now closed. ‘Winners announced and prizes presented at the 2021 ATOM Awards Student Awards Presentation on Wednesday 10 November 2021. ‘Open’ category prize to be announced and presented at the Tertiary & Industry Awards Night on Thursday 25 November 2021’.

TI Codes Contest

‘Identify an everyday process or product that your team wants to optimise, or a problem that your team wants to solve. Then, envision what your team would build – anything from an automated lolly dispenser to a model of a smart irrigation system – let imaginations run wild. You have 2 000 characters [including spaces] or fewer to pitch your idea, which will determine the teams that will advance to the next round’. Rounds 1, 2, 3. Final Round. Public vote decides winners. Open to students aged 13-16 in Years 7-10. Check the Rules Page for more details.

Previously the contest ran from the second half of August to early December. 4 Rounds [1, 2, 3 and Final]. Public Vote after the Final Round around the beginning of December. 2021 dates once these are advised.

  

Universal Robotics Challenge

‘Participants will design, build and code unique robots for the 2020 mission. The mission is top secret now but will be revealed early in 2020. Teacher and student inductions and professional training will be supplied at no cost and the program is supported by comprehensive learning materials’.

The event was previously held at the end of July. 2021 dates for all aspects once these are advised.

     

VEX Robotics Competition [Change Up]

‘Middle school, high school, and college/university. More than 11 500 teams from 40 countries playing in over 750 tournaments. Local, regional, national, and world competitions. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by placing Cubes in Towers, or scoring Cubes in Goals’.

Competition has now been completed for 2021.

     

Web.Comp

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’.

Web.comp 2021 has 2 components. The Learn Competition started 10 May 2021. This is a 4-week series of challenges. Details on the site. The Tournament is a week long competition where students can design their own web pages and submit their creations to compete against other students’ designs. They can also vote for their favourites. The Tournament begins on 7 June 2021. Other dates once these are advised.

  

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’.

The Competition closes on 22 July 2021. Winners are announced on 19 August 2021. Follow Steps 1-4 in the How to Enter section on the home page.

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’. The Regional level is still indicated as running in Australia in 2021. WorldSkills Australia operates in 34 regions across Australia. Check the above page for details or if interested contact your closest Regional Coordinators for more information.

An Update on the 2021 WorldSkills National Championships & Skills Show indicates these will be held 26-28 August 2021 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. For related details check here.

     

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’.

Registration deadline was previously in the final quarter of August. Key Dates [now showing 2021] are found here. Registrations are now open till 18 July 2021.

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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.

Entries are now closed for 2021. Prize winners will be announced on 26 August 2021.

Film [Media]

        

ATOM Awards

Find relevant information for Primary and Secondary students by selecting the “Entering” section of the menu. Includes film, animation and other media areas.

Entries will close at midday AEST, Friday 4 June 2021. Finalists previously announced in late August with awards presented in early November. Other dates once these are advised.

     

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.

Submissions are now open and previously closed 18 June 2021. Late Deadline 16 July 2021. Extended Deadline 27 August 2021. Finalists notified 20 September 2021. The Festival will be a hybrid event held on 19-21 November 2021.

     

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 year’ s Cinesnaps theme is The Watch’.

The theme for 2021 is “Treasure”. You can register an Expression of Interest from the site. Previous Launch date was 1 December 2020. Separate entry packs for Years 7-9 and Years 10-12 will be available before launch date of 1 December. Entry is free. Other dates once these are advised.

        

FlickerUp

‘National competition for primary and secondary school students or film-makers under 18 years old’. Part of Flickerfest.

The Festival has now been completed for 2021.

        

Heart of Gold

International Short Film Festival. ‘Entry is open to any student who was enrolled in Year 6-12 [Year 13 in some states] anytime between nominated dates. Entry is free’. Select Young Filmmakers Competition link on the home page for all details and forms.

We are very excited about the 2021 festival. With everyone’s help this promises to be bigger and better than ever. We have some fantastic ideas already started and we look forward to seeing you soon. Winning entries were previously screened at the festival in Gympie in early October. Exact dates once these are advised.

        

Little Big Shots

‘Little Big Shots is Australia’s largest and only annual touring film festival curated especially for kids. Featuring a selection of short and feature films, the festival lands in all major Australian capital cities. A kids jury awards the best international, local, and child-made films each year’.

Exact dates once these are advised.

        

Make Every Day Count

‘The NSW Department of Education is holding a state-wide film competition for all students from Kindergarten to Year 12. Schools can participate in the festival as a class entry or submit films created by individual students or groups of students. Schools can submit multiple films. All films submitted must have the approval of the school principal. The theme is Make Every Day Count. Schools and students should explore all the possible reasons why attendance is important and what reasons may cause poor attendance’.

Entries closed 28 May 2021.

        

MyState Student Film Festival

‘Filmmakers must be currently enrolled as a student at an accredited educational institution at the time of film submission. Teacher, parent and other filmmaker assistance is permitted but must be limited to non-creative roles [e.g. planning assistance, technical advice, funding, etc]. There are four [4] entry categories by age group. Entry to the MyState Student Film Festival is free. You can enter an original short film in whatever genre you like — drama, comedy, action, documentary, animation or even a music video’.

Entries previously opened in July. Film Entries close : 21 October 2021 [11:59pm]. Awards Event : Tuesday 30 November 2021 [full details TBC].

        

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.

The submission deadline for the SmartFone Flick Fest is 11:49PM AEST, 1 August, 2021. You can submit your entry here.

     

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.

Entry Due Date : 6 July 2021. Shortlisted Films Announced : 31 August 2021. Festival Event Day [Screening of films and awards presentation] : Saturday, 16 October 2021 at Majestic Cinemas, Nambour, Queensland.

        

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’.

The theme for 2021 will be Connection. Entries close midday Friday 16 July 2021. The winners will be announced at the 2021 ATOM Awards Student Awards Presentation, held in Melbourne in November.

     

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’.

Entries have now closed. Monitor for details re Awards and Prizes presentations.

     

Trop[fest] Junior

‘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 : . . . ?. 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’.

Tropfest has now been completed for 2021. Monitor in the second half of the year for entries to open for the 2022 Tropfest.

  

HIDDEN Rookwood Students

‘Rookwood General Cemetery invites students from secondary and tertiary institutions or youth/community groups, either as individuals or as a group, to propose works for HIDDEN Rookwood Students 2021. The artworks will be selected and showcased alongside sculptures and installations within the HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures exhibition. We are looking for sculptural works that respond to the cemetery and engage with HIDDEN‘s themes of history, culture, remembrance, diversity, love, mourning, spirituality, cycles of life and the passage of time. Frequently Asked Questions’ are answered here.

Proposal applications now closed. Site visits with the curator - June. Final artist statement/forms due - 30 June. Installation - 9-15 August. Launch - 4 September. 4 September – 4 October - HIDDEN Exhibition. Deinstallation - 5-11 October 2021.

     

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. The theme for 2021 is . . . . Also open to Teachers and School Support Staff.

Entries close 23 July 2021. Presentation Evening is 8 September 2021.

     

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’.

‘The Moran Arts Foundation will be taking time to review the existing format of the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. Whilst the review is underway, there will be no Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize’.

     

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’.

‘The competition is back for 2021 ! Entry forms will be available here soon. The closing date for entries is Friday 24 September 2021.

Art

2021 Creative Art Competition

‘This year we hope even more students will use their imaginations to create an artwork inspired by this year’s question. Your artwork must be inspired by our question “Why do you love your brain” and fit on an A4-size paper. You can use pens, pencil, crayon, textas or pain’.

2021 competition theme – ‘My brain helps me to ...’. The winners will be announced on this website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn in June 2021.

     

Angelico Exhibition

Art competitions and exhibitions for primary and secondary students in Catholic schools in Western Australia. Registration forms on the site.

Primary - Metropolitan schools artwork must be delivered from 26-28 July to the Catholic Arts Office. Regional schools must deliver artwork by 23 July 2021. Metropolitan schools to collect artwork on 28 August 2021. Regional schools to contact Catholic Arts and arrange collection date. Viewing Evening on 20 August 2021. Secondary - Closing date for online entries is 23 July 2021. Metropolitan schools submit other works 28-30 July. Regional schools 23 July 2021. Award recipients invited to attend Awards Presentation Night on 17 August 2021. Artworks to be collected 28 August 2021.

     

Immunisation Coalition 2021 Art Prize

‘The Immunisation Coalition Art Prize aims to highlight and promote you as a contemporary artist and support our mission to bring factual awareness of issues around influenza, vaccination and the burden of infectious disease’. There are several sections with Category A for Primary and Secondary students. Downloadable documents and information for the Art prize from the bottom of the page.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

     

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 2020 Challenge is Take Action : Conserve Coral Reefs’.

The theme for this year’s Science without Borders® Challenge [2021] is “The Magic of Mangroves”. Entries now closed. Winners will be notified when the challenge has been completed.

     

JLTAV Events Poster Competition 2021

‘Students studying Japanese in primary and secondary schools are invited to design a poster to be used on the front cover of the 2021 JLTAV Annual Conference book for conference delegates and the front cover of the 2021 Year 12 Morning book. Students are encouraged to be creative and to design a cover which reflects the Japanese language or Japanese culture’. Entry is free and open to all JLTAV member schools. Up to five entries per schoolPlease note that students are not able to use images that are already copyright [e.g. Hello Kitty etc.]. No words are required on the poster

Entries have now closed for 2021.

     

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.

Entries for the next competition close on 17 September 2021. Use the Entry form found further down the page. Other details from the site.

     

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.

‘We look forward to presenting the award again in 2021’. You can sign up to the Shaun Tan Award mailing list if you want to get details sent to you. Entries have now closed. Finalists announced late June. Artwork collection Monday 5 July to Sunday 25 July. Exhibition Tuesday 12 July to Sunday 8 August 2021. Finalists artwork collection Monday 9 August to Sunday 22 August 2021.

  

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.

Call for entries runs till 25 June 2021. Youth Awards entries close 16 July 2021. Finalists previously announced in August. Winners previously announced in the second week of November. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

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’. Check the Key Dates section both for competition dates and also Eligibility dates for each category.

‘Finalists and honourable mentions have been announced. Young Archie exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW : 5 June – 26 September 2021. Winners announced : 31 July 2021. Salon des Refusés at SH Ervin Gallery : still to be advised.

Music

     

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. Winner automatically agrees to perform their winning song at the request of ACMF for a 12 month period from mid-November.

Competition opened in May 2021. Entries previously submitted no later than late August. Winners and Runners-up posted on the ACMF website. Other dates once these are advised.

     

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 have now closed. Winners announced 22 June 2021. Workshops 24 July 2021. Recording Session TBA in 2021.

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.

‘Entries for the 2021 IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition opened 22 February. Heats from 16-22 August 2021. Semi-Finals Concert 26 September 2021. Finals Concert 23 October 2021’.

  

Get Songwriting

University of Southern Queensland. ‘Entry into the Competition is free and open to an ‘Eligible Entrant’ 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.

‘We look forward to seeing all of the new entrants in 2021’. Event to be held 7 June 2021. Other dates once advised.

     

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]’.

All details can be found in the the Brochure. Registrations and Entries have now closed. The Program is available from the start of Term 3 and the Celebration Day is on 4 November 2021.

  

Strike A Chord [Musica Viva Australia]

‘Open to all secondary students across Australia. 3 to 8 performers per group. One player per part, no conductor or adult accompanist. Any combination of instruments and/or voice. All performers must be enrolled in a full-time Australian school program [or home-school equivalent]. Students do not need to be from the same school’.

Entries closed in May. Finalists announced 4 June 2021. Grand Final 14-15 August 2021.

  

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.

Previously opened in second half of July and ran to the last quarter of August. 2021 dates once these are advised.

  

Unlock’d Competition

‘So ... you’re a Year 7-12 student in Victoria, you’re a musician, a creative, a performer and stuck at home in lockdown. We want you to pick up an instrument, a pen and paper, or go to your computer and get writing some music. Tidy it up. Send it in. Your OWN original work. Any Style. Any Instruments. Be Creative. Find out more about The Important Stuff here’. You can also see short videos of previous entrants and hear what they had to say at this site.

Previously entries had to be submitted between late August and late September. Winners were announced October. 2021 dates once these are advised.

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