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 will be undertaking a full review of all competitions at the end of December 2020. Those we are uncertain will run in 2021 will be removed. If you are aware of other competitions or challenges suitable for inclusion please let us know so we can develop an even more comprehensive listing both overall, and in specific areas.

Please note : We normally update a number of pages on the first day of each month. This will not be the case in January. As far as possible we will include all known January competition dates by 19 December 2020 but both Competition pages will not fully update until 17 January 2021. Normal service will be resumed as from 1 February 2021. Part of this is because of the changes noted in red above.

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.

Final 23-24 January 2021. Previously, the next competition began at the end of March. Check the Timeline for other information by scrolling down the page [still shows 2020 timeline, though Registration page is available].

  

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.

15 February 2021 - Completed project due. Week of 15 March 2021: Shortlisted students present 10-minute presentation to judging panel on their submitted project via video conference. Early April 2021 - Top four students present their projects to Australian Water Association members and water industry professionals. Announcement of the winner live via webinar. 4 May 2021 - Winner presented with award at Ozwater’21 in Adelaide. Late August 2021 - SJWP Ceremony held during World Water Week 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’.

Previously, entries closed in mid-September. Judging was done on the day after this and Science Fair Project Viewing was held the next day. Exact dates once these are advised.

        

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 ! Key Dates are listed on this page [currently still those for 2020]. Notification will be made when this changes. [Competition takes place in the second half of the year].

        

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 - TBC]. Check the Competition Booklet to monitor further details [currently shows 2020 details]’.

        

Updated ! Queensland Science Contest [STAQ]

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

Registration and submission of entries was previously done in early to mid-October. The Awards Ceremony was held mid to late Term 4. Exact dates once these are advised.

        

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 found on the Updated ! 2021 Event Information page, beginning with the closure of entries on 3 June 2021.

        

Updated ! 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’.

The TSTS booklet will be available early February 2021. It will be linked to at that time.

        

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 open 26 February and close 28 May 2021. 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 [TBC]. Schools Pack 2 20 August and Schools Pack 3 4 October 2021. For all dates and details check New ! Important Competition Dates 2021.

        

Updated ! 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’.

School Registration previously from early February to the end of June and students from early June to late July. Regional and State Judging during August. The Presentation Ceremony was previously held in mid-September. Exact dates once these are advised.

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]. Exact dates once these are advised.

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’.

Registrations previously closed in the second half of April. the Event dates run from 17-28 May 2021. Exact date of registration closure once this is advised.

     

Updated ! 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.

  

Crystal Growing Competitions

Links to these in 6 states and territories. Primary and Junior Secondary students.

‘The competition varies slightly from State to State. Please contact the relevant State Coordinator listed for more details’. Currently still showing 2020 details. Notification will be made once 2021 dates are advised.

  

Updated ! 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 in August 2021. Exact date [plus any other relevant ones] once this is advised.

     

Updated ! 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.

‘Entry deadline will be announced early 2021’. Previously opened early March and ended beginning of May. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

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 involved and stay in touch is to sign up for regular email updates.

     

Updated ! 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. Exact dates for all aspects once these are advised.

     

Updated ! 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’.

Qualification Round - submissions previously had a deadline of mid-May. Results announced in late May. Pre-Final Round held in late June with problems being sent one week before this. The final round is held in the second half of July with winners announced in late July. Exact dates once these are advised Check the New ! FAQ page for more help and dates when added for 2021.

  

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. Currently showing 2020 details [should be similar in 2021]. Notification will be made when this is updated.

     

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. 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 still 2020 dates. Changes to this will be notified as soon as known. Previously began in mid-April.

     

Updated ! 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’.

New ! Key dates will be available here once listed. Notification will be made when this occurs.

  

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. Exact 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 !’

     

Updated ! 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. Perviously entries opened in late June.

  

SPECTRA

ASTA. ‘A national science award program for students between Years 1 and 10’. Two sections - Years 1-4 and Years 5-10. New ! 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 New ! How to Enter provides further information.

Registration previously opened in the second half of March and closed in mid-August. Winners were announced on World Shorebirds Day, 6 September. Other dates once these 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 New ! Contest Schedule page lists the when, what and where of the competition. Monitor for the 2021 update to be completed. Registration previously only possible over one week in mid March. Exact dates once these are known.

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.

Entries previously opened in late April and closed near the end of August. Award Ceremony in early October. Exact dates, and topic, once these are advised.

  

New ! 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 to be announced at an Awards Ceremony during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January 2021. ‘High schools [are] invited to submit entries before 6 May 2021 deadline’ for the 2022 Edition. Information from the New ! Global High Schools pages.

Biology

Updated ! iGEM Competition

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

The New ! Calendar [2020] page provides all dates for that year, beginning with Registrations opening in early March. Notification will be provided when the 2021 Calendar is released.

  

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’.

If you are interested in participating in the program in 2021, please complete the EOI form. Once the program is finalised you will be able to find Format and Key Dates, FAQs plus other information via links on the home page. Previously registrations closed in late February.

Chemistry

  

Australian National Chemistry Quiz

‘Provides a major focus for secondary school students on the relevance of chemistry’. Secondary students.

The next ANCQ Quiz will be held on Thursday 29 July 2021.

  

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 [still showing 2020 information].

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 ?’

Submit your proposal by midnight CET of 15 April 2021. Join our New ! BL4S Facebook group and stay tuned for news ! If you need more information, do not hesitate to get in touch with us at: New ! bl4s.team@cern.ch. Just released information also found New ! here.

  

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.

Register by contacting Allen Allinson via aallinson@bggs.qld.edu.au regarding the current event.

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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’.

The Competition will be held in June 2021. Exact date [plus any other relevant ones] once this is advised.

Economics & Business Studies

  

Renewed ? Australian Economics and Business Studies Competitions

‘Both competitions will comprise of 40 multiple-choice questions. Students will be competing in two divisions : Junior Division - Year 11 and below or Senior Division - Year 12 and equivalent’. UNSW.

According to their Facebook page, ’We‘re back for 2021 !’. At present the only link to a website [above] does not seem to work. The situation will be monitored and if there is no action by the beginning of February, the link will once again be removed. If there is action, then relevant details [including an updated link] will be provided once available.

Updated ! 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, Updated ! Contact Us.

Registration previously opened in mid-January. The Case was released in early March. Registrations closed submissions were due in late April. Finalists were announced in early May. The Championship Round was held in late May. Still showing 2020 dates. Exact dates once these are advised.

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. New ! 2021 Area Programs will be found on this page [currently only ACT & Southern NSW are listed - 26-30 July 2021, the others still show 2020 dates] once finalised. Registration seems to be 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 Updated ! brochure for further details.

‘Details for the 2021 Competition will be out soon’. General information but no dates [except Judging - in October] are now available - see brochure above.

  

Updated ! 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 Updated ! ESSI Money here.

The Suncorp ESSI Money Challenge only runs for two weeks, usually in Term 3, each year. Other details if these are advised.

  

Updated ! 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 New ! 17 Sustainable Development Goals are welcome to join’. Two sections cover Best Ideas and Best Projects.

No dates are currently offered for 2021. These will added once these are advised.

Geography

  

Updated ! 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 New !2021 Dates are now available here. End of January - Competition information posted to schools; Sunday 28 February 2021 - Entry Deadline and payment. Others from the Dates page.

  

Updated ! 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’.

Entries should now be open and previously ran through to mid-March. National entries need to be forwarded to the international body by 15 September 2021. For specific Australian details contact New ! Mapping Sciences Australia.

     

Updated ! 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 New ! here.

‘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’. New ! MapIT! Stimulus provides further as do Teacher and Student Booklets.

Monitor for details which should be available soon.

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’.

‘The Olympiad [is planned to] run from 10 to 16 August, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey’. If it is not possible to have the Olympiad face-to-face, an online competition may be organised. Monitor for any changes.

History

     

Updated ! 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 previously closed in early September. Exact date once this is advised. Monitor for other details.

Updated ! 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’.

Registrations are now open for 2021 and close on 31 March 2021. 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.

Entry Forms previously available from the site from May. Closing date in 2020 was 11 September. Exact dates when these are advised.

  

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.

Previously opened in the second week of February with entries closed at the beginning of August. Exact dates once these are 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 further 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’.

Check the New ! Key Dates page for information updates. Previously closed in August with Presentation Dates in November/December. We will notify re exact dates once these are 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’.

Monitor for details regarding what is to happen in 2021.

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 Updated ! 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. Travel in April/May 2021 - Subject to restrictions. 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’.

The tour has been rescheduled for April 2021 [April holidays]. Monitor for information about the 2022 Prize later in the year.

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.

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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.

Once you have registered ‘a kit containing bridge building materials will be posted in June. This will allow all schools at least two months to design and construct their bridge prior to Judging Day in September’. Check the New ! Bridge Building Competition Locations for venues and specific dates [7 altogether]. Other dates once these are advised.

New !  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.

     

Updated ! 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.

        

New ! 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.

        

Updated ! 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’.

Entries close 1 March [Paper] and 19 March 2021 [Online]. CAT will be held from Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 March 2021.

        

New ! 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’.

Entries close 30 April 2021. The Challenge will be held - Round 1 : 5 May and Round 2 : 12 May 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’.

Previously Mentor registrations opened in mid-February. Game submission opened in the second half of July and closed in early August. Winners were announced in September and Awards done in early October. Exact dates [as well as the theme] once these are advised.

     

Updated ! 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’.

Returns in March 2021. The New ! Bebras Handbook provides a wealth of information [still the 2020 version] as does the New ! FAQ page. We will notify here once the handbook has changed. You need to New ! Login to register. Other dates once these are advised.

  

Chevron Focus Environment Competition

‘Chevron Focus Environment competition is suitable for primary and secondary students in WA, and links to the WA Curriculum : Science, English, HASS and Media Arts. Entries must be submitted in the following subject categories to be valid : Focus on WA’s native species; WA’s habitats and ecosystems; or Sustainability in WA. Entries must be scanned as an image file, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif [PDFs cannot be accepted] and uploaded via this website’. Other details from the site.

This is one of a group of competitions said to be returning in 2021. Monitor this Link for details.

  

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.

Previously opened registrations in late January. 2021 event will now be held virtually on 24 April 2021. ‘Updated locations for 2021 will be forthcoming’. Other dates once these are advised.

  

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.

National Final usually in March. For a general indication of the process, access the Getting Started handbook, especially p.25, which gives a general rundown of the timeline. Exact dates when these are advised.

  

Updated ! 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. Kick -off is 9 January 2021. Other dates are also included.

Updated ! 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’.

Please send all submissions electronically by 31 May 2021 to : helen@futureleaders.com.au.

  

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 returning to Brisbane 24-26 March 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].

     

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.

Changes to the Head On Photo Awards for 2020 flags changes. Exact dates once these are advised.

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 register and submit your entry during January for the 2021 Competition.

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.

  

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’.

Round 1 has previously been held in early March, with Round 2 being held at the end of March. The winning team from Round 2 will then be invited to attend the International Linguistics Olympiad. You can register here.

  

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’.

Key Dates on the above page are for 2020 but give a clear indication of when these are likely to occur in 2021. Monitor for changes. Exact dates once advised.

     

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 shortly and will be found via their links on the menu at the left of the page.

     

RoboCup Junior NSW 2020

‘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.

     

Updated ! 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.

New ! Key dates will be available here once listed. Notification will be made when this occurs.

     

So You Think You Can Design - Textiles 2020

‘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. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

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 New ! About the Challenge page.

‘the challenge runs twice yearly, beginning each March and October with 8 weekly tasks each time’. Exact dates once these are advised. Click on this link to sign up for email notifications about the Student Blogging Challenge.

     

New ! 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 New ! Key Dates page for all 2021 dates. Registrations open on 8 March 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’.

New ! The Get Started page provides information and Key Dates. Registration opened in October 2020 and close 12 March [?]. Other dates are also included.

  

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 : Program and Timeline [still linked to the 2020 Competition].

Updated links for the 2021 competition will be listed as soon as known. Expressions of Interest previously closed at the end of May.

     

Updated ! The ATOM Photo Comp [2020]

‘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 previously closed in the second week of April. ‘The winner of each of the five categories will be contacted via email and announced at the [2020] SAE ATOM Awards, held in Melbourne in November’. Exact dates once these are advised.

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. Exact dates once these are advised.

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.

Previously was cited to run from late June to mid-August. Please email tours@ansto.gov.au if you would like to receive updates on the competition. Exact 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. Exact dates for all aspects once these are advised.

     

Updated ! 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’.

A tentative date has been set for the 2021 VEX National Australian Robotics Championship to be held on 5-7 March 2021. Check the Updated ! Learn more about this year’s game which has a video, the Game Manual, Scoring, the app and several Appendices.

     

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’.

The Competition has previously started in the last week of October and run for 5 weeks. Exact dates for all aspects 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 opened on 2 December 2020 and 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 New ! 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. New ! Key Dates [still showing 2020] are found here. Notification will be made when this updates to the 2021 listing.

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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.

Previously entry began in early November of the previous year. Entries will now close on 5 February 2021 at 5.00pm ACDT. Other updates will be added as they become available.

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.

Previously, entries would now be open and would close at the end of May. Finalists were announced in late August with awards presented in early November. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

Updated ! 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.

Previously registrations opened at the beginning of February and closed in the second half of July. Finalists were notified in mid-September and the event was held in late November. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

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. Launch date was 1 December 2020. Entries previously closed in June, with the Grand Finale in the last week of August. Exact dates once these are advised.

        

Updated ! FlickerUp

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

Entries for 2021 are now closed. The Festival will take place at Bondi Beach on 22-31 January 2021.

        

Updated ! 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 9 Oct 2018 and 6 August 2019. Entry is free’. Select Young Filmmakers Competition link on the home page for all details and forms.

Previously documents had to be with the supervising teacher by the end of August and entries had to be uploaded in the first week of September. Winning entries are 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.

        

Updated ! 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.

Previously closed entries in early July. Shortlisted films were announced in August and Festival Event Day was mid-October.Exact dates once these are advised.

        

Updated ! 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’.

Entries previously closed in late July. Finalists were announced in the first week of October and Winners in early November. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

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’.

Closing Date for non-competition entries is Thursday 24 December, 2020. Closing Date for competition entries is Thursday 24 December, 2020. Successful films will be screened at the Real Film between March and May 2021.

     

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 will be held in February 2021. The next competition is open and will close in January 2021, with winners screened in February 2021. Screened at Parramatta Park, 20 February 2021.

  

Updated ! 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 close - 9 April. Successful notification to artist - 10 May. 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.

     

Updated ! 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 . . . .

Details for the 2021 Excellence in Art Design Awards will be announced soon.

     

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’.

‘We hope and expect that the competition will return in 2021’. We will enter details if it is decided to go ahead this year.

Art

Updated ! 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’.

‘We are currently preparing to launch our next creative art competition in February 2021. Stay tuned for more details’.

     

Updated ! Angelico Exhibition

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

Previously Primary Artwork had to be delivered during July and Secondary at the end of July and beginning of August. Primary Exhibition was held in the first half of August and Secondary in the second half of August. Winners were presented in the second half of August. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

New ! 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 douments and information for the Art prize from the bottom of the page.

Entry and submission period runs from 1 February to 1 April 2021. Notification of winning artworks on 21 April 2021. Online exhibition winning artworks from 25 April 2021 onwards.

     

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. The deadline to apply for the 2021 Science without Borders® Challenge is Monday 1 March, 2021”. Winners will be notified when the challenge has been completed.

     

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 previously opened at the end of April and closed in the second half of May, with Finalists announced in late June. Exhibition from early July to early August. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

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.

Entries previously between early to mid-April and mid-July. Finalists announced in August. Winners announced in 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.

‘Entry forms for 2021 available from 27 January but you can start your portrait anytime !’ Entries must be received before 7 March 2021, 5pm. Finalists and honourable mentions announced 27 May 2021. Young Archie exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW : 5 June – 26 September 2021. Salon des Refusés at SH Ervin Gallery : to be advised. Winners announced : 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.

Entries previously opened in May and had to be submitted no later than early August. Winners and Runners-up posted on the ACMF website. Exact 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 will be open in February 2021 with a deadline for entry at 5.00 pm on 31 May 2021. Other dates once these are advised.

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 open 22 February. More information coming soon’.

  

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’. Previously ran over the period from the beginning of March to mid-June. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

New ! 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, noting that registrations close on 16 February 2021, Entries accepted from 4 January to 19 February 2021, the Program is available from the start of Term 3 and the Celebration Day on 4 November 2021.

  

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’.

Now to move to Griffith University - Queensland Conservatorium. Competition is currently in planning and dates will be available soon. Final information will be added when this is available.

  

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. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Updated ! 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. Exact dates once these are advised.

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