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CICADA Film Festival

An initiative of Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch, the Cicada Film Festival (formerly Cicada Awards) has been giving young people a voice on environmental issues since 2011. It has gained major support from Ocean Ark Alliance and Ocean Crusaders. This short-film competition for youth across South East Queensland has two categories – General and Oceans, and two age groups – U14 and 14-24 (inclusive).

The Cicada Film Festival will be back again in 2022. Follow our Facebook page to stay up to date.

2020 Cicada Film Festival

Head to the Cicada Film Festival website to find out the 2020 winners and watch the online awards event.


Your Voice for Your Wildlife Awards

Every year Wildlife Queensland recognises the achievements and efforts of our members through our special award ceremony held annually in September.

The categories for this year’s awards are:

  1. The Margaret Thorsborne Award for an outstanding contribution by a Wildlife Queensland member.
  2. The Community Engagement and/or Education Award for a Wildlife Queensland branch.
About the awards

The Margaret Thorsborne Award has been named in honour of Margaret Thorsborne AO and is a way of acknowledging members who have made an outstanding contribution to Wildlife Queensland, to conservation and to the community. These members, like Margaret, will have led by example and have been an inspiration to others both within the Society and in their respective communities.

The Community Engagement and/or Education Award recognises the effectiveness of branches in engaging members in their community in wildlife conservation activities and/or providing environmental education to their wider community.

How to nominate

Please consider sending in a nomination for one or both of these awards.

  • Please read the criteria carefully and in around 350 words (maximum) tell us how you think this person or branch meets the criteria and why you think recognition is deserved.
  • The nomination can come from a non-member but the subject must be a Wildlife Queensland member or branch.
  • Email completed forms to wpsq@wildlife.org.au before 31 August.
2020 award winners

  • Margaret Thorsborne Award: Awarded to Liz Downes (Wildlife Queensland Townsville branch)
    Liz’s involvement in the work of the Wildlife Queensland Townsville branch, its campaigns and conservation in general has been inspirational.
  • Community Engagement Award: Awarded to Wildlife Queensland Upper Dawson branch’s “Theodore Bird Hide”
    The branch, supported by the Banana Shire Council and the Theodore Lions Club, erected a bird hide on Castle Creek, Theodore in August 2020 to encourage the observation of our local avian fauna. Read more about the Theodore Bird Hide opening.


Holly Bryant Award

After the passing of the Society’s former Projects Manager Holly Bryant, who formalised the relationship between Wildlife Queensland and UQ in 2014, Wildlife Queensland established the Holly Bryant Award in memoriam. The award is granted to one of the Society’s placement students in recognition of their contribution.

As an organisation that relies on the commitment of its volunteers, Wildlife Queensland values the input of students and benefits from the outcomes of the placement projects, which have become a fundamental part of the Society’s operations. Many students placed with Wildlife Queensland go on to return as regular volunteers, demonstrating their ongoing commitment not only to their respective projects but also to the Society and to Australian wildlife conservation as a whole.


Written by wildlife1ict