Judging and Exhibitions

The finalists have been announced! Click the links below:

NSW Prizewinners and Finalists 2019

VIC Prizewinners and Finalists 2019

ACT Prizewinners and Finalists 2019

Thanks to everyone who participated for their beautiful, personal and very creative artworks! Click the links below to download a blank Certificate of Partcipation.

NSW     VIC     ACT


The exhibitions launch on the 7th September, National Threatened Species Day. All three exhibitions are open to the public so anyone can come to see them – bring your friends and family!

The finalists’ exhibition will be held in the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, around the Children’s Fig Tree from the 8th to the 23rd of September 2019. After that you’ll be able to see the winning artworks at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability in North Sydney from the 11th to the 25th of October. Click here for details: https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/whatson/childrens-art

The finalists’ exhibition will be held at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s Melbourne Gardens, opposite the Visitor Centre from the 7th to the 28th of September 2019. Click here for details: https://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/whats-on/threatened-species-childrens-art-exhibition/2019-09-07

The finalists’ exhibition will be held at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra at the Paperbark Treehouse area from the 7th of September to the 13th of October. Click here for details: https://parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens/do/whats-on/threatened-species-childrens-art-competition/


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.


Click here to see the prize sponsors for NSW

Click here to see the prize sponsors for VIC

Click here to see the prize sponsors for ACT

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 number of Highly Commended awards will also be given. This year, we will also have an All Abilities category for children with special needs. 

Prizes will be presented at exhibition launch ceremonies in each capital city. They will include:

  • art and craft supplies
  • books
  • gift vouchers
  • gadgets and toys
  • special passes and tickets to events