Wild HeART Student Art Prize
16 September - 1 October 

Wild HeART Student Art Prize

Celebrating Australian species through young creative excellence

The Wild HeART Student Art Prize is a celebration of Australian native fauna, flora and fungi through the eyes of Queensland children and young people.

Congratulations to all the children and young people who entered in 2023.

On 16th September, the 2023 judge Bernadine Hine announced awards at the finalists' exhibition opening at the Maroochy Arts and Ecology Centre.

Announcing the 2023 Winners!

8 Years and Under

BEST FUNGI & FLORA: James B - Narrow-leaved bottlebrush

BEST FAUNA: Chloe R - Whimbrels


JUDGE'S WILDCARD: Koda B - Southern bluegum

13 Years and Under

BEST FUNGI & FLORA: Ryan P - Ant plant epiphyte and swamp mahogany

BEST FAUNA: Mylo H - Crayfish

BEST THREATENED SPECIES: Louise W - Northern hairy-nosed wombat

JUDGE'S WILD CARD: Ryeojin J - Fairy-wren and wattle

18 Years and Under

BEST FUNGI & FLORA: Celine S - Forked sundew

BEST FAUNA: Giselle S - Brown bunyip cicada

BEST THREATENED SPECIES: Erin M - Southern cassowary

JUDGE'S WILD CARD: Thea-Bella T - King parrot

Come and see the finalists' exhibition between 10am - 2pm daily until Sunday 1st October.

Over 200 entries were received and the Wild HeART Working Group appreciate the time and effort all entrants put into creating their artwork of an Australian native flora, fungi or fauna species.  In selecting the finalists they looked for a variety of mediums and techniques as well as a diverse representation of species.  The selectors thoroughly enjoyed reading each student's statement that showed a personal connection to the species.  Wild HeART encourages every young person to keep creating art and appreciating Australia's native wildlife.

A $3000.00 prize pool was generously sourced by the organisations that comprise the Wild HeART Working Group - the Friends of the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Queensland Wildlife Artists Society Inc., Friends of Mary Cairncross Association and Sunshine Coast Council.  A full list of this years sponsors is below.

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