Talented young artists are fashioning the final casts, cuts and hews to their amazing artworks as the deadline looms for the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s 'Keep it Wild' art competition this month.
The competition, now in its eighth year, reaches out to primary school children across the Wet Tropics to create fun and inventive original works inspired by our World Heritage Area.
This year's theme - 'Living Lightly' - sets entrants the tricky task of building a sculpture from rubbish that reflects sustainable living in the tropics.
Event organiser M’Lis Flynn says seeing how young people perceive their environment is always exciting.
"Last year’s competition had more than 120 artworks entered with students entering from across the Wet Tropics including Tully, Atherton, Port Douglas, Gordonvale and Woree," Ms Flynn says.
"We’re certainly looking forward to seeing more outstanding work this year."
The competition is split into two categories for students from prep to year three and from year four to six.
Selected eco-art will be displayed at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre from 19 June to 24 July. Finalists and winners, along with their families and teachers, will be invited to attend a special awards ceremony in late June 2017.
Winning entries receive a variety of prizes courtesy of our sponsors Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Cairns Harbour and Sunset Cruises and Cairns Regional Council. Entries close Friday 16 June.
How to enter
All submissions must include your name, school, class, teacher's name and school phone number along with your eco-art to:
Wet Tropics Management Authority
PO Box 2050, Cairns
Alternatively, entries can be delivered to the the Authority’s offices on the ground floor of the Port Authority building, Cnr Grafton and Hartley St, Cairns behind the Cairns Convention Centre within office hours.
To see entries from last year, click here.