create a masterpiece Holmes junior art prize for realistic bird art Entries close 15 August 2020

If you enjoy art and Australian birds this opportunity is for you!

Students 18 years and under are encouraged to submit an artwork portraying a realistic Australian birdlife scene. Great prizes are on offer. Entries close 15 August 2020.

The Holmes Junior Prize is generously sponsored by Friends, Regional Gallery Caloundra Inc. and has now increased to $1000 in value.  Increased sponsorship has enabled additional prizes.  The age categories are:

  • Under 8 (8 years and under)
  • Under 13 (13 years and under)
  • Under 18 (18 years and under)

For full details download the conditions of entry[238KB] [237KB].

Please register your interest by emailing so we can keep you updated. 

Download the entry form[43KB].

The exhibition is kindly assisted by Caloundra Regional Gallery.


  1. In person: Entries must be delivered to the office at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, on Friday 14 August or Saturday 15 August 2020 during office hours.  
  2. Deliver your entry to a Customer Service Centre: Entries must be delivered to a Customer Service Centre by Friday 7 August 2020 to allow ample time for delivery up to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. PLEASE REFER TO DETAILS BELOW FOR CORRECT LABELING. Information on the location of Sunshine Coast Council's Customer Service Centres can be found HERE.

PLEASE NOTE the following packing and labeling instructions to prepare your entry for delivery: 

  • Clearly label the back of the artwork, along with name, age, address and contact details. Make sure this doesn’t show through to the front.
  • Do NOT roll or fold the artwork. We suggest placing it between two pieces of A3 cardboard for delivery to protect it and keep it flat.
  • The work must be accompanied by a printout of the completed entry form.
  • Label the cardboard folio clearly with: CR37, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, ATTN: Cathy Money, Environmental Education Support Officer

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Links to past Holmes Junior Prize e-News

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2019 Under 18 Finalists:

(Left) Winner: Isabella, age 14, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, graphite and coloured pencil, 2019 (detail)

(Right) Runner Up: Zoe, age 14, Red Tailed Black Cockatoo, watercolour and pen, 2019 (detail)


2019 Under 12 Finalists:

(LEFT) Winner: Ava, age 6, The Little Noisy Pitta, pencil on watercolour paper, 2019 (detail)

(RIGHT) Runner Up: Spencer, age 8, Tea for Two, pencil, 2019 (detail)