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2022 Shorebirds Competition Summary and Results

The ANSTO Education Team was proud to host the fifth annual Shorebirds Competition, which ran from 22 March to 12 August 2022. Students in Years 3 to 6 across Australia were invited to create a public awareness poster highlighting an important wetland or coastal habitat (found in their local area or State/Territory) and one of Australia’s amazing 54 species of shorebirds. Students were also asked to elaborate on what the message shown on their poster means to them.

Lesson plans, linked to the Australian Curriculum for Science, Geography and English, were provided to assist teachers. Information sheets for students on shorebirds and wetlands were also available. More information about the competition and educational resources can be found on the webpage here Shorebirds Competition 2022 | ANSTO.

Entries were received from 67 postcodes across Australia and, pleasingly, all eight States and Territories were represented (see competition web map). Nearly 1200 students across the nation participated. Schools could submit 5 entries per class and 333 entries were received from over 60 classes. An additional 74 entries were submitted by individuals, bringing the total number of entries received to 407.

All entries were assessed by an expert panel. In addition to strong artwork, the judges were looking for accurate representations of Australian shorebirds and habitats. Slogans and messages were also carefully considered and needed to demonstrate correct understanding of either a migratory or resident shorebird.

Overall, the judges were very impressed by the thoughtfulness and creativity demonstrated by the many students who participated and congratulate them for their fine efforts. There was a wide variety of approaches demonstrated, as well as many shorebird species and wetlands showcased, making judging an extremely difficult task. All prize-winning posters are shown in the galleries below. A new category for best slogan or message from each State or Territory was also introduced this year.

In addition to the prizes above, certificates of commendation will be awarded to students who demonstrated considerable effort in researching and creating their posters, but who missed out on a prize.

We thank all our participating students and schools and give special thanks to the many dedicated teachers and parents who created a conversation around this important environmental topic and inspired children to learn and achieve.

We gratefully acknowledge The Overwintering Project, a project for adult artists, as the source of inspiration for this competition and for their continued support. This important project raises awareness of our migratory shorebirds and their habitats across Australia.

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ANSTO contributes world-class environmental research on wetlands. Recent ANSTO research on waterbirds and wetlands can be found here Read more about  ANSTO research on waterbirds and wetlands.

Winners Y3-4 Individuals

1st Wen Wen C Stretton QLD
2nd Harper H St Andrews Beach VIC
3rd Alana T Greenbank QLD

Highly Commended Y3-4 Individuals

HC Aiden H Newington NSW
HC Willow D Sorrento  WA
HC Chelsea Y Gordon NSW
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Winners Y3-4 Schools

1st Ethan V Mt Martha Primary School VIC
2nd Goran O St Josephs Catholic Primary School Como NSW
3rd Megan Y PLC Sydney NSW

Highly Commended Y3-4 Schools

HC Cate Y PLC Sydney NSW
HC Ava D St Josephs Catholic Primary School Oatley NSW
HC Ivy M Kangaroo Island Community Education SA
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Winners Y5-6 Schools

1st Carla L Wilderness School SA
2nd Heidi J Bold Park Community School WA
3rd Zoe L Crossmaglen Public School NSW

Highly Commended Y5-6 Schools

HC Jessica M Wilderness School SA
HC Annabel R Wilderness School SA
HC Olivia T St Finbar's Catholic Primary School, Sans Souci NSW
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Winners Y5-6 Individuals

1st Sofina H Sunnybank QLD
2nd Milla H Cairns  QLD
3rd Grace L Telopea NSW

Highly Commended Y5-6 Individuals

HC Yolanda Y Gordon  NSW
HC Chloe K Epping NSW
HC Evelyn K Dundas NSW
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Best slogan or message

For the first time, the Shorebirds Competition 2022 offered a prize for the best slogan or message that highlighted how special the chosen shorebird and area are in a student's State or Territory. The slogans and messages of the winners of this award in 2022, showed a connection to, and appreciation for, their chosen shorebirds and wetlands.

NT Chloe H Larrakeyah Primary School I flew to find peace only to watch my species slowly decrease.
TAS Amy G Legana There is no shore-r way to protect than with your respect.
QLD Connor T Greenbank Shorebirds return every year to enjoy the warm sun and beauty of Moreton Bay.
WA Maggie R Kimberley PEAC, Cable Beach Primary School Come to Roebuck Bay to see the Ruddy Turnstone in the pindan clay.
NSW Amalia F Boorowa Cattai wetlands. Come to see this lily-hopper. The Comb-crested Jacana is a real showstopper.
SA Hayley B Kangaroo Island Community Education Please help save the Eastern Curlews on Kangaroo Island beaches.
VIC Zoe M Altona I fly 15,000km to visit Altona Coastal Park. Why don’t you join me?
ACT Joshua O Canberra Grammar School Roses are red, violets are blue, if you deserve a life, shorebirds do too.