Art & craft competition 2020

Entries from children, teenagers and adults are open until 20th October 2020. Winners will be announced during Children’s Week on 1st November 2020. 


Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash  Photo by Alex Jones on Unsplash

We are inviting children, teenagers and adults as individuals or groups to create an original artwork entry in 1-2 of the 5 age categories below. The purpose of the competition is to provide some artwork for free online resources for children and families that have a parent in the Australian Defence Force as part of our Early Childhood Defence Programs project

Each category will have one prize of a $50 (AUD) voucher from a local shop near you e.g. toy store, variety store, clothes shop, shoe shop, hardware shop, plant nursery, art shop or learning resource supplier that you recommend to us as appropriate.  


Photo by Dominik Scythe on Unsplash, Photo by Federica Giusti on Unsplash

Artwork might be in these art forms, but we are open to other forms as well: 

  1. drawing (e.g. crayon, chalk, ochre, pencil, charcoal, digital on paper, canvas, fabric, bark, rock, recycled materials, metal)
  2. painting or dying (e.g. on paper, fabric, bark, rock, recycled materials) 
  3. craft, mosaic, paper cutting or collage using recycled, natural and/or new materials 
  4. installations, lanterns, woodwork, metalwork
  5. sculpture or masks (e.g. clay, sand, mud, plasticine, metal, wood, rock, metal)
  6. printmaking (but not commercially created stencils or stamps)
  7. arrangement of natural or recycled objects (e.g. shells on the beach, rocks on the ground, leaves on a path, flowers)
  8. textiles (e.g. sewing, weaving, knitting, tatting, crocheting, patchwork, costuming)

Please do not use food when creating artwork because food is a precious commodity in many parts of the world. Please do not use glitter to protect our environment. If the book cover below has an image on it, you can use this as inspiration (but not copy it) or you can create something new.  Adults, if a child tells you something about the artwork, please include this in your email, but not on the actual artwork itself.  


Photo by Wei-Cheng Wu on Unsplash      Photo by Yogendra Singh on Unsplash

Category one 

Ages 3-5: cover for ‘Ben’s story: And so, things have been a bit different since Dad came back injured’. This story is about what happened in Ben’s family when his Dad came back early from deployment because he was injured. His Grandmother tells a story to help Ben understand that families can work together to help each other. 

Category two 

Ages 6-9: cover for ‘Sams story: In sickness and in health’. This story is about what happened in Sam’s family when her Mum came back from deployment and was not able to do all the things Sam used to enjoy doing with her Mum because of her injuries. They have to find other activities to do together. 

Category three 

Ages 10-12: cover for ‘Nathan’s Story: Oh, by the way, my Mum has PTSD’. This story is about Nathan and his siblings and Dad as they work together to help their Mum who has PTSD and understand what PTSD is. 

Category four 

Teenagers and adults: cover for ‘But really, Love, we’re OK: Stories they tell from home’. This book is for adults and gives examples of those parents who have stayed at home while their spouse deployed from World War I until today. It is about the way they often do different and extra jobs and parent by themselves. They try to let their spouses know they are okay so they don’t worry, even when things are rough. 

Category five 

Any age: cover for ‘But really, Love, I’m OK: Stories they tell from the front’. This book is for adults and shows those parents who have deployed from World War I until today. It is about the way they want to let their spouse back home know they are okay so they don’t fret, even when things are really tough. 


More information about how to enter can be found in the rules of the competition page and our entry form.