WPSQ’s Bayside branch firmly believes that young people have the most at stake in the future, and so their voices should be heard. This is the philosophy behind the Cicada Awards Short Film Competition initiated by the branch in 2011. Since that time, the annual event has gained support from Ocean Ark Alliance, now a major sponsor, as well as BIRO (Birds, Injured, Rehabilitated and Orphaned) which provides prize money. In taking this opportunity to be heard on environmental matters grouped under ‘General’ and ‘Oceans’, entrants stand to win great prizes in either the Open (12 – 24 years) or Under 12s category.
At this year’s Premiere Screening in late July, winning entries highlighted the diversity of south-east Queensland’s species and habitats, as well as the variety of concerns and interests held by the young film makers. Entry topics included Richmond birdwing butterflies, Australian humpback dolphins and frogs, and highlighted that foreshores, wetlands and Moreton Bay are clearly valued, with waterway litter and red imported fire ants (RIFA) being identified as major problems.
Again in 2019, the Cicada Awards will empower our youth to have their say on environmental issues through the medium of short film. Please encourage them to participate and assure them we’re listening by viewing the winning entries from previous years. The films and further information about the Cicada Awards can be found on its blog or Facebook page where you can like, comment and share to your heart’s content!
Please join us in giving our youth a chance to be heard on important wildlife matters!