STAEDTLER Secondary School Artists of the Year Competition!

2023 Winners

1st place

layla – year 10

'annie's kookaburra'

Judges Comments:

We were impressed with Layla’s ability to bring her kookaburra to life. She has captured the form of the bird, the details of the feathers and the shine in the eye wonderfully. The contrast in textures between the bird and the rail is well done. While being realistic, there is a lovely looseness to the colour work. Well done.

2nd place

ella – year 12


Judges Comments:

We loved Ella’s artwork: Connection. Her use of colour in skin tone is highly commendable. We all agreed very quickly that this was one of our favourites this year.
We look forward to seeing what you create next Ella, well done!

3rd place

riah – year 10


Judges Comments:

Absolutely amazed by Riah’s realistic Tic-tac-toe art work. The technique shown by Riah really made this piece stand out. The use of contrast and colours makes it feel 3D and alive, while the beautiful execution of the white fabrics add an element of softness and comfort. Fantastic work!

senior highly commended

zach – year 11

'a glimpse of us'

mia – year 12


sophia – year 10

'a charm of finches'

1st place

ann – year 9

'my guide dog'

Judges comments:

Ann’s beautiful drawing of her guide dog shows great technique and detail in every hair! We were also highly impressed by the paper Ann created this artwork on. It has braille writing all over it and adds that extra element of thought and creativity. A well thought out beautiful work of art Ann, we wish you all the best in your art journey!

2nd place

olivia – year 9

'realistic eye'

Judges comments:

We were impressed by Olivia’s artwork of the eye. The shift of focus in the eye from the sharpness of the pupil and the lashes to the soft focus of the background is done beautifully. Olivia has done an excellent job of capturing the reflections of light in the image enhancing the overall effect that she has created. Fantastic!

3rd place

ryan – year 8

'the jungle'

Judges comments:

The composition of Ryan’s jungle allows the eye to be drawn to the incredible detail shown in each species of plant. Beautiful inking transforms into a dense ecosystem which reminds a tropical Australian jungle. We loved your attention to detail and love for nature, well done Ryan!

junior highly commended

jasmine – year 7

'self portrait'

aidan – year 9

'sunday morning fried egg'

elena – year 10

'the world beneath us'

senior people's choice

amy – year 11

'curiosity in a bubble'

junior people's choice

lucas – year 7


1st place

the cathedral college, rockhampton QLD

2nd place

earnshaw state college,
banyo QLD

3rd place

kincoppal rose bay,
rose bay NSW