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Artwork competition

16 year-old North Ipswich artist Hanna Jones was awarded the top prize in the Queensland Youth Week 2020 (QYW20) art competition.

The week is an annual celebration of the enormous positive contributions young people make to Queensland communities.

Young artists aged 13 to 25 had the opportunity to enter the competition to design the artwork for QYW20 using the theme Yeah the Youth! as their inspiration.

As the winner of the competition, Hanna's artwork was used as the design for QYW20, meaning her artwork appeared on all QYW20 promotional materials. She also won:

  • a $500 Mastercard
  • a graphic design tablet (Wacom Intuos Medium with Pro Pen 2 valued at $399)
  • a gimbal (DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Gimbal 3 valued at $159).

Congratulations to the competition runners-up - Murphy McDonald-Smith and Kayla Smith-Bharda - who each won a $100 JB Hi-Fi gift voucher.

Winning designs

Overall winner

Hanna Jones from North Ipswich
Artwork title: Salad
Age: 16

Hanna Jones artwork

Hanna's artwork reflects the passion and diverse creativity of young Queenslanders. It highlights the influences on young peoples' lives, such as music and pop culture, and the collective drive to protect the environment and make a positive impact.


Murphy McDonald-Smith from Flagstone Creek
Artwork title: Building our Future, Together
Age: 16

Murphy McDonald Artwork

In Murphy's artwork, the stacked cardboard boxes symbolise how young people can make a stand together to build a brighter future. It reflects Queensland youth as being brilliantly diverse and a collective call to action for greater acceptance.

Kayla Smith-Bharda from Koongal
Artwork title: Photobooth
Age: 21

Kayla Smith-Bharda Artwork

Kayla's artwork features young people having their photos taken in a photo booth. It reflects the diversity of youth in physical appearance, relationships with each other, culture, racial and ethnic background and promotes their strong sense of individuality.


Thank you to everyone who entered the QYW20 art competition. Choosing the winners was not an easy task. The designs were fantastic and reflected the wonderful creativity and spirit of Queensland's youth.

Check out the gallery on eHub to view the creative artwork entries submitted for QYW20.