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Winners of 2021 competition announced

Earlier this year, Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) invited young, aspiring Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists to express their knowledge, understanding, and interpretation of the importance of maintaining and growing a Connection to Country.

The competition welcomed a record number of submissions from talented young Indigenous artists from as far north as the Torres Strait Islands and as far south as Mackay.

NQPHN would like to thank all artists who participated in this year’s competition - your response and artwork was truly inspiring and we encourage you to continue developing, expressing, and sharing your creative talents!

For the first time, this year’s competition was split into two categories – a junior competition for young people aged between 12–14 years and a senior competition for those aged 15-18 years.

In each category, the first-place winner received an Apple iPad Pro and Apple Pencil valued at $1,698, with the second and third place winners receiving gift vouchers for art supplies, valued at $500 and $250 respectively.

Among the many entrants, the well-deserving 2021 winners in each category were:

*Please note the competition is now closed and no further entries will be accepted.*

2021 Junior category — First place: Waterfalls (Yalla Jackonia)
2021 Junior category — Second place: The sum of her past (Naomi Sansness)
2021 Junior category — Third place: ‘Towri’ Shield of Lore (Quinn Go Sam)
2021 Senior category — First place: Nawi and Nujay (Wudarabin Snider)
2021 Senior category — Second place: Cultures colliding (Michael Baragud)
2021 Senior category — Third place (equal): Living with blue (Chantel Joinbee)
2021 Senior category — Third place (equal): Waters of Murray Island (Chantelle Passi)

We are seeking submissions from artists across the NQPHN region from Sarina in the south, west to Croydon and Kowanyama, and up to the northernmost point of the Torres Strait Islands. This year's competition has two categories:

  • a junior competition where artists must be between the ages of 12-14 years
  • a senior competition where artists must be between the ages of 15-18 years.

The artwork should represent Connection to Country in our communities.

There will be prizes for first, second, and third place for each category in this competition:

  • first prize is an Apple iPad Pro 11-inch 128GB Wi-Fi AND an Apple Pencil, valued at $1,398
  • second prize is a $500 art supplies voucher
  • third prize is a $250 art supplies voucher.

The three successful artwork pieces from each category, (first, second, and third places) will be displayed in NQPHN’s offices, website, showcased in the next Annual Report (along with the artist’s photo and bio), and other potential NQPHN collateral.

The artwork must be hand drawn, sketched, painted on paper or canvas, sculpted, made from textiles (with allowances for the artwork to be captured digitally via high resolution photography or film), or created in digital form.

The size of the artwork must be A3 (297mm x 420mm—portrait or landscape) or larger.

The artwork must have an underlying theme of Connection to Country.

Either new or existing artwork that fit the brief are welcome for submission.

You must read and accept the terms and conditions.

The submission deadline has been extended. Artwork must be submitted by Sunday 15 August 2021, via the link below.

Entries must be supplied as a high resolution PDF, high resolution photo, or be scanned in high resolution (300 DPI) as a JPG, and follow the rules and guidelines.

Your submission should also include:

  • the artwork’s title
  • materials used
  • a blurb of 150 words (minimum) explaining how your artwork relates to Connection to Country.

IMPORTANT: Artwork by an adult will be disqualified. Submitted artwork must be by the artist.

The successful artwork submissions will be announced in the second week of September (6–10 September 2021). Winners will be contacted directly and also announced on NQPHN’s Indigenous Youth Art Competition page, as well as on NQPHN’s Facebook page.

All participants will receive certificates of participation.

Important dates

  • Entries open Thursday 3 June 2021
  • Entries close 11.59pm, Sunday 15 August 2021
  • Winners announced second week of September (6–10 September 2021).
04 March 2022
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