Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) invites young and upcoming local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists between the ages of 13–21 years to enter a piece of artwork as part of NQPHN’s Indigenous Youth Art
Competition 2020. 

This competition has now closed.


In keeping with this year’s NAIDOC Week theme Always Was, Always Will Be, we would like local young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to create an artwork that represents Regeneration – meaning young people being happy, healthy, and strong through spiritual and cultural connection to country.

Find out more about the theme here.


We seek submissions from artists across the NQPHN region from Sarina in the south, west to Croydon and Kowanyama, and up to the northernmost point of the Torres Strait Islands. View a map of NQPHN’s geographical boundaries here. Artists must be between the ages of 13–21 years.

The prizes

There will be prizes for first, second, and third place in this competition:

  • first prize is an Apple iPad Pro 11” 128GB Wi-Fi AND Apple Pencil, valued at $1,548
  • second prize is a $500 art supplies voucher
  • third prize is a $250 art supplies voucher.

Artwork rules and guidelines

The artwork must be hand drawn, sketched, painted on paper or canvas (with allowances for the artwork to be captured digitally via high resolution photography), or created in digital form.

The size of the artwork must be A3 (297mm x 420mm—portrait or landscape) or larger.

The artwork must have an underlying theme of Regeneration.

Either new or existing artwork that fit the brief are welcome on submission.

Use of artwork

The three successful artwork pieces (first, second, and third places) will be displayed in NQPHN’s offices and showcased in the next NQPHN Annual Report (along with the artist’s photo and bio) and other potential NQPHN collateral.


You must read and accept the terms and conditions below to participate.

The submission deadline has now been extended. Please submit your artwork by 11.59pm Sunday 16 August 2020.

Your artwork must be submitted online at the link below. Entries must be supplied as a high resolution PDF, high resolution photo, or be scanned in high resolution (300 DPI) as a JPG, and follow the rules and guidelines.

IMPORTANT: Artwork by an adult will be disqualified. Submitted artwork must be by the artist.

Announcement of winners

The successful artwork submission will be announced in the last week of August (24–30 August 2020). Winners will be contacted directly and also announced on this page as well as on NQPHN’s Facebook account.

Certificate of participation

All participants will receive certificates of participation.

Previous winning artworks

Click here to view the winning artworks in 2018 and 2019.



Submit an entry

Download competition flyer

Terms and Conditions

1. The art competition is opened to all people between the ages of 13–21 years who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and who live in the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) region.

2. The competition is open to young people 13–21 years, but those under 18 years must have the permission of a parent or a guardian to do so.

3. Current employees and directors of NQPHN are not permitted to enter.

4. While the copyright of the artwork and image remains with the entrant, the entrant grants NQPHN and any other public or private agency (authorised by NQPHN) the use and rights of the image in promotional publications, and other media, without compensation.

5. NQPHN is not responsible for any lost, late, or misdirected entries.

6. All artwork must be submitted through the online submission form.

7. The artwork must incorporate a theme relevant to Regeneration, and be accompanied by an appropriate story/background.

8. Entries must be entirely your own original work and must not breach any copyright or third party rights. NQPHN will not be made partially or fully liable for any non-original work submitted by you. All entries must be suitable for publication for NQPHN and public viewing. The design must not include any defamatory, offensive, or unlawful content.

9. If you wish to enter this competition you must provide NQPHN with your full name, age, current residential address, mobile number, and email address. NQPHN will only use your personal details for the purposes of administering this competition and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without your permission.

10. All entrants consent to NQPHN using the winning artwork for publicity and promotion, including the name of the winning entrant, background, and the story behind the artwork. This may include, but is not limited to, media interviews, social media posts, and photographs.

11. Only one entry will be accepted per person.

12. The deadline for receiving entries for the competition is 11.59pm on Sunday 16 August 2020. NQPHN reserves the right to extend the competition deadline at its discretion. If there is a revision, the revised date will be made public and the date for announcing the result will be postponed accordingly.

13. The winners for each category will be chosen by independent judges selected by NQPHN. NQPHN’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

14. All entries will be judged on the below criteria.

A strong, imaginative Indigenous artwork which is:

  • dynamic and conveys the theme of Regeneration
  • can be reproduced easily in print/online.

15. The first place winner will receive a prize consisting of an Apple iPad Pro 11” 128GB Wi-Fi AND Apple Pencil valued at $1,548 at centre/location nominated by NQPHN. The second place winner will receive a prize
consisting of a $500 voucher for art supplies. The third place winner will receive a prize consisting of a $250 voucher for art supplies.

16. The prize must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred or transferred.

17. NQPHN does not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries due to the internet. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

18. Entrants must supply full details as required, and comply with all rules to be eligible for the prize. No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently.

19. The contest may be declared void at the sole discretion of NQPHN. Furthermore, NQPHN reserves the right to cancel this contest at any stage, or change any of the rules or procedures if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside its control.

20. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.

21. This competition is administered by Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN).

22. Winning artworks will be announced in the last week of August (24–30 August 2020) via phone call, email, text, and/or social media.

23. Important dates to remember:

  • entries open Thursday 18 June 2020
  • entries close 11.59pm, Sunday 16 August 2020
  • winners announced in the last week of August (24–30 August 2020).