Cicada Awards

Cicada Awards continue the call

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6th February 2016

The Cicada Awards is giving youth a voice to be heard.  It’s a  project of the Wildlife Preservation Society Qld Bayside Branch and is a short film and animation awards for students.  Entrants are encouraged to offer solutions to issues of environmental significance in South-East Queensland.  Many have chosen subjects about marine assets – mangroves, seagrasss and saltmarsh have been topics tackled by the students.

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We’ve given our youth a voice – now let’s look, listen and learn

January 2015

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Students keen on filming or animation and who want to help wildlife have the chance to win great prizes by entering the Cicada Award – an award-winning project of Wildlife Queensland’s Bayside Branch that is looking for short films with a big heart.

The cicada was chosen as the competition title because, according to world eminent ecologist Edward O Wilson, it’s the small things that run the world.

Youth are the ones with the most at stake in events that our shaping our future so it’s apt that they should be given a chance to be heard.  The Cicada Award Students’ Short Films Competition does that.

Entrants are asked to describe some aspect of the life of a single species, or a particular habitat, or to highlight a particular conservation issue in SEQ.  Entries are to be based on facts / science and to suggest effective solutions while being entertaining, and demonstrating competence in the art of film-making and / or animation.

The 2012 – 2014 films, information about the judging panel – which included David Hannan, Jan Aldehoven, Peter Wear, Steve Homewood and the winners of the Inaugural 2012 Cicada Award, Tatjana Trotter and Paris Omerod – can be viewed via Wildlife Bayside Blog here or the Wildlife Bayside YouTube here

Details about the 2015 Cicada Award coming soon!


Cicada Awards 2014

6th December 2014

Over 150 people packed the Cleveland District State High School Performing Arts Centre on Friday night for the Premiere Screening of Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch’s (WQ Bayside) Cicada Awards 2013-2014.

The Cicada Award is a short film competition for students and the audience was treated to what WQ Bayside described as 15 of the best student environmental films of all time.  Originally scheduled to screen at IndigiScapes, a native botanical gardens and education centre, weather forecasts and large number of bookings forced a change of venue.

According to the Judging Panel their task was “enjoyable”, “exciting”, “entertaining” and “encouraging” . . . but “not easy”.

The young film-makers presented a diversity of environmental issues, proffered solutions and demonstrated a diversity of film-making styles and environmental interests.

In addition to the promoted 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize monies from WQ Bayside, an unexpected pleasure was the interest and support received from world renown cinematographer David Hannan.  David, who is also the founder of Ocean Ark Alliance, presented three Special Ocean-themed Awards as well as a copy of his “Coral Sea Dreaming” film to all entrants.

Some entrants were awarded cameras donated by Julie Geldard of VidPicPro who, with assistance from RCC’s Conservation Grant, conducted Film & Editing Workshops which assisted some entrants with their films.

The Cicada Award 2013-2014 Premiere Screening films are now available for viewing on WQ Bayside’s YouTube Channel

For a full list of the Cicada Award Prize Entrants

Check out photos of the Premiere Film Evening courtesy of Julie Geldard and VidPicPro