A fairer world - The Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning

Awards and Competitions

Awards and competitions can be a bonus reward and incentive for students.

We've collected these links to ones that suit MAD themes.

If you know of any others, please let us know. We include new awards, grants, competitions and scholarships on our e-newsletters - become a member to subscribe.


Tasmanian Human Rights School Award: Each year Tasmanian individuals or organisations are recognised for the contribution they have made to human rights. In 2008, the Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning offered the first dedicated school award. Nominations for the award which includes a $500 cash prize close early November. (Tasmanian)

Each year the Hobart City Council requests submissions from schools, businesses and community organisations for the Dr Edward Hall Environment Grants. Projects can be for activities such as tree planting and weed removal as well as urban sustainability. (Tasmanian)

Southern Cross Young Achiever Awards: for 14 to 28 year olds. Nine categories including community service and environment. Trophy and $1000 prize. Generally closes November. (Tasmanian)

Rant Against Racism: Racism. It Stops with Me and the Anti-Hate campaign have joined forces to promote the good stuff people do to show they don't accept racism in the community. Share stories about how you stood up to racism or a racist person. Entries can be a short 2 minute video, a written story of a maximum of 120 words or up to 3 photographs. The top 5 entries will each receive a $100 JB HiFi voucher. Closes June 20. (Australia)

Become a 40 Hour Famine: World Vision Australia Youth Ambassador and travel overseas on a World Vision Study Tour to meet children and families who live in poverty and witness their daily struggles firsthand. Applicants must be 15- 20 and have raised over $200 in the 40 Hour Famine. (Australian)

A national multimedia competition, Imaginate, is open to 13 to 25 year olds. “What should a good childhood look like?” Entries can be in the form of visual art, performance art, digital art or written words. Teaching resources are downloadable from the website.

The National Youth Writing Competition: Write a 1000 word opinion article addressing the questions; What does the term equity mean to you as a young Australian? How could government policy change to create a more equitable Australia? Open to 17- to 25-year-olds. Entries close 28th March. (Australia)

Written Portraits
is a writing competition that showcases young Australian writing talent and provides a creative platform for expression of inner feelings and emotions associated with being a teenager. The story must relate to the theme, “People, Places and Things that Inspire Me” and be between 800 and 1200 words. Two categories: 13 – 15 years and 16 – 18 years. Entries close in May. (Australia)

Peace Poster Contest – “Our World, Our Future”: Lions Clubs can sponsor the program in their community for children in local schools or organised youth groups. Students 11 to 13 are eligible to participate. Through the contest students are encouraged to visually depict their interpretation of the contest’s theme.

Young People's Human Rights Medal recognises an individual under the age of 25 years who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of human rights in Australia. Generally closes in early September. (Australian)

National Youth Week Competition
for 12 to 25 year olds. Generally closes January. (Australian)

Future Leaders Awards: recognises and rewards young Australians who have shown strong leadership and potential. The Awards also aim to inspire others to engage in environmental and community issues and make a difference. Writing, environment, justice, community leadership and photography categories (years 11 & 12). Closes 1 July. (Australian)

National savewater! Awards

Photographic Competition: Designed to recognise creative talent by capturing the importance of water and conserving it for the future. There are three awards: Junior student (up to 12 years old); Senior student (13 to 17 years old); Open (general public). Prizes include digital cameras and iPod Shuffles.

Award for Educational Institutions: Recognises schools and educational institutions that have exhibited or implemented water conservation tools, projects, or programs.

Both competitions generally close July. (Australian)

The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize is an annual national water science competition for senior high school students that aims to increase interest in water-related issues and research, and to raise awareness and knowledge of local and global water challenges. Entries generally close August. (Australian)

United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards is a national program based on "Think Global, Act Local" in the areas of the environment, social justice and media excellence. Closes April. There is an entry fee. (Australian)

National Tree Day in July is Australia's biggest community tree-planting event. Tree Day shows children how easy it is to help the environment, and that's what National Tree Day is all about. The website includes lesson plans, videos and other teacher resources. (Australian)

The ARC National Schools Competition asks school students to be creative to show how all of us need to change to achieve a sustainable future. By creatively employing humour, drama, satire, music, or a combination of any, students are encouraged to take the message in their ‘work’ to their school and wider communities. Generally closes September. (Australian)

Each year the Royal Commonwealth Society offers a range of Young Commonwealth Competitions including essay, film and photographic. Closing dates vary. (Commonwealth)

UNESCO-Goi Peace Foundation International Essay Competition. See UNESCO Youth or GOI Peace for more information and previous winning entries. Entries close June 30. (International)

Each month for 5 years, four young people (8 - 17) will win US$100 in the Like a Drop of Water Essay Contest. Share your ideas on how your country can reduce global warming and pollution. (International)

International Organisation for Migration and UN Alliance of Civilisations present PLURAL+, a youth video competition dedicated to exploring themes related to migration, diversity and social inclusion. Age categories from 9 to 25 year old. Videos from 1 to 5 minutes. Entries generally close July. (International)