A special judging panel will review the works for each state and territory separately and will choose a number of finalists to be featured in the exhibitions. The judges are not simply looking for works that display outstanding technical skills. They will be looking for surprising or interesting interpretations and compositions, and works that demonstrate an emotional connection with the species.
The following judging criteria apply:
Concept: How well the work relates to the threatened species theme
Composition and colour: How well the elements work together to convey the theme
Expression: How imaginatively the work conveys an idea or emotion, or incorporates a specific story.
There will be eight categories of prize winners for each state/territory: 5-7-year-olds, 8-10 year olds and 11-12 year olds, with special categories of Best Local Species Entry, Most Unusual Entry, Best Plant Entry, Best Reflection and Best Group-work Entry. First and second prizes will be awarded in all of those categories. A separate prize will be awarded for the best written explanation or story of the work. A number of Highly Commended awards will also be given. This year, we will also have an All Abilities category for children with special needs.
No cash prizes will be given. Prizes will include art supplies, gift vouchers and special passes. Prizes will be presented at exhibition launch ceremonies in each capital city
Exhibitions will be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra in September this year and every finalist will have their work displayed in one of the exhibitions. The exhibitions will be open to the public so anyone can come to see them – bring your friends and family!