Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
National Youth Talent Competition rewards creative leaders of the future

Download PDFDownload PDF

THE HON PETER GARRETT MP Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth


23 June 2011

National Youth Talent Competition rewards creative leaders of the future

Minister for Youth Peter Garrett today announced the 25 winners of the National Talent Competition (NTC) and Win Free Stuff competition, held as part of National Youth Week.

The NTC challenged young Australians to display their skills in the areas of writing, short film, photography, music and design for their chance to win a share in almost $50,000 worth of prizes.

Mr Garrett said the NTC provided young people with an opportunity to get a head-start in competitive and highly popular industries, and received more than 2000 entries this year.

“It gives talented young Australians a way to both nurture and showcase their talents and a chance to have their work noticed by an expert in the field,” he said.

“The quality and variety of the winners this year has been really terrific, with entries covering a range of topics including friendship, the dangers of drug use, and environmental issues.”

The judging panels of the competition included industry experts, including the founder of Modular Records, Steven Pavlovic of RockIT.

Mr Pavlovic said the competition highlights the creative potential of Australia’s youth.

“The competition has revealed the immense talent of young Australians in the areas of writing, music, photography, film making and design,” he said.

Winner of the senior category of DesignIT, 25-year-old, Amy Blue, said she hoped the competition will help kick-start her career.

“I have been passionate about illustration and design for many years, so winning Australia’s largest youth talent competition is such a reward for all the hard work I have put into my work,” she said.

In addition to the winners selected by industry judges, ten People’s Choice winners were chosen by a popular vote and will receive an iPad as a reward for their creativity.

The NTC was held during National Youth Week in April, Australia’s largest celebration of young people aged 12 to 25 years.

To find out more and view the 2011 winners visit,

*A full list of National Talent Competition winners, including People’s Choice winners, and Win Free Stuff winners, is below.

Minister’s Media Contact: Lisa Miller 0419 124 717 DEEWR Media: Non-media queries: 1300 363 079

National Youth Week 2011 - National Talent Competition Winners

Category / Name / State Entry Title

WriteIT Junior Emma Driml, Chapel Hill, Qld Best Friend

WriteIT Senior Raelke Grimmer, Blackwood SA Twisted

ShootIT Junior Braden Trotter, Woombye, Qld Come On Australia

ShootIT Senior George Makrynakis, Kings Park, Vic The Secret Piggybank SnapIT Junior Jessica Fabri, Ashfield, NSW Intuition

SnapIT Senior Andrew Pearce, Kergunyah, Vic A Sinking World

RockIT Junior Ivana Kafedjiyska, Cheltenham, NSW Bittersweet RockIT Senior Fushia, Greenslopes, Qld Nocturnal

DesignIT Junior Stephen Grace, Tanunda, SA Headspace

DesignIT Senior Amy Blue, Northcote, Vic Expiry

National Youth Week 2011 - People’s Choice Winners

Category / Name / State Entry Title

WriteIT Junior Michelle Li, Mount Waverley, Vic Triptych

WriteIT Senior Stephen Bird, Mount Waverley, Vic Jigsaw

ShootIT Junior Emma Elias, Rouse Hill, NSW Superannuation

ShootIT Senior Jeremy Gorniak, Sandy Bay,Tas Notaxistan

SnapIT Junior Bianca Lai, Wantirna South, Vic One Last Wish

SnapIT Senior Andrew Pearce, Kergunyah, Vic Black Frost

DesignIT Junior Stephen Grace, Tununda,SA Headspace

DesignIT Senior Christine Le, Punchbowl, NSW The Natural Brain

RockIT Junior The Electro Kid, Wurtulla, Qld For Yourself

RockIT Senior Rawr Vanity, Alexandra Hills, Qld Strangers

National Youth Week 2011 - Win Free Stuff Winners

Name State

Treffyn Koreshoff NSW

Megan Dixon NT

James Martoo Qld

Sarah Gates SA

Karen Tong NSW