Students across south-east Queensland are being encouraged to let their imaginations, passions and creativity go wild once again by creating a short film with an environmental theme relevant to SEQ and entering it in the Cicada Awards, an award-winning project itself.
Initiated by Wildlife Queensland’s Bayside branch in 2011, the Cicada Awards was part of a larger project which took out the Minister’s Grand Prize as well as the Brisbane Airport Community Award at the 2012 Healthy Waterways Awards. Five years later, the Awards continue to inspire young people to have their say about the environment in which they live.
As the symbol of the Awards, the cicada was chosen to emphasize that small things have a big part to play in our world and that young people can and should be heard, sometimes loudly. Bayside branch members believe that our youth has the most at stake when it comes to actions and decisions being made today, and created the Cicada Awards to give young people that chance to be heard.
Every year, the Awards give entrants the opportunity to learn more about environmental concerns as they research their projects, develop skills through writing, filming, editing and sometimes performing in their productions, and grow confidence from contributing to the issues that shape their lives. They also have the chance to win great prizes for their efforts.
The resulting short films are intended to educate and influence; they have been shared with councils due to their relevance to local law reviews and with non-government organisations whose work relates to the issues addressed. And the wider community is a welcome audience; “More than we see”, a film about marine litter, was recently screened as part of Wildlife Queensland’s World Environment Day 2016 event.
Entries for the 2016 Cicada Awards close 10 October with the premiere screening and awards night to be held at Cleveland District State High School on Friday, 2 December. Entry forms, terms and conditions, photo gallery, past winners and more can be found here.