visit the exhibition of talented young bird artists Holmes junior art prize for realistic bird art Exhibition open until 11 October 2020

If you enjoy art and Australian birds then this is a must see exhibition!

The Holmes Junior Art Prize for Realistic Australian Bird Art 2020 is an award hosted by Sunshine Coast Council and generously sponsored by the Friends, Regional Gallery Caloundra Inc. The award is open to students 18 years and under, working in a 2D medium, who have created artworks portraying a realistic Australian birdlife scene. With $1 500 worth of prizes up for grabs a record number of entries have been received.

Forty finalists have been selected for exhibition in the Theatrette at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve with twelve Highly Commended displayed in the Rainforest Discovery Centre foyer and all other entries available for viewing in portfolios.  The outstanding display of works by children from south east Queensland and interstate will be showcased at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve from 12 September to 11 October.

Due to the HUGE number of entries and the current social circumstances, this event is operating under COVID-safe guidelines restricting the opening weekend of the exhibition to a private eventWinners from the three age categories will be announced at a private exhibition opening event and on the website on 12 September.

The exhibition will open to the public from Monday 14 September. 

Theatrette exhibition hours open: 10am – 2pm daily. Free event.  

Under current restrictions, when you arrive for your exhibition viewing you will be required to:

1. Complete a health self assessment at registration. Please do not attend if you are experiencing any cold, flu and/or COVID-19 symptoms; been exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19; Suspected of having COVID-19; undertaken any overseas or interstate travel; or have a compromised immune system/ been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition that places you in a high risk category.

2. Provide your name and contact details at registration (for contact-tracing).

3. Sanitise your hands before entry and regularly during the event. A sanitation station will be provided at registration.

4. Maintain social distancing.

Congratulations to our winners!


8 years and Under: Hector Sauvage Veracruz, "Magpie Chick Out of the Blue", Watercolour pencil and sparkles.


13 years and Under: Olya Ignatovich, "Blue-faced Honeyeaters", Acrylic & watercolour.


18 years and Under: Jemma Ritson, "Glorious Casuarius", Coloured pencils.


Encouragement Award: Isaiah Ireland, "Two Ducks Two", Coloured pencil on watercolour paper.


Many thanks to Friends Caloundra Regional Gallery, Friends of Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Caloundra Regional Gallery for their generosity and support of this event.