About the Cicada Awards

In 2014 David Hannan and Ocean Ark Alliance joined with Wildlife Queensland Bayside and provided prizes, copyright-free use of film footage, and invaluable support to the Cicada Awards
In 2018 we’ve  been joined by Ocean Crusaders headed up by Ian “Thommo” Thomson! 
These are shrilling times indeed! 
We welcome more partnerships and sponsorship.  So why don’t you join us? 

How did the Cicada Awards start?

The Cicada Awards is itself an Award-winning project!  Initiated by the Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld Bayside Branch in 2011, it was part of a larger project which took out the Minister’s Grand Prize and the Brisbane Airport Community Award at the 2012 Healthy Waterways Awards

The Bayside Branch members believe that our youth have the most at stake in actions and decisions being made today.  The Cicada Awards is a means of giving youth a chance to be heard.  The cicada was chosen for the title of the Awards to emphasize that small things have a big part to play in our world and that like cicadas youth can, and should be heard, sometimes loudly.

Entrants in the Cicada Awards have a chance to learn more about environmental issues as they research their projects; develop skills from writing, filming, editing and sometimes performing in, their productions; and, grow confidence from contributing to important issues that are shaping their lives. 

The films are also intended to educate and influence . . . they have been shared with Councils because of relevance to Local Laws Reviews and Non-Government Organisations whose work is related to the topics addressed by the entrants.  The broader community is also a welcome audience and the films are available for viewing by clicking here  Entrants are encouraged to organise their own ‘film screening’ events with family and friends.

During 2014  David Hannan renown cinematographer and Founder of Ocean Ark Alliance generously offered to provide Prize Monies for younger students . . .  so the shrill of the cicada got louder and an U12 Category was introduced! This not only gives entrants a fairer go, the Judging Panel no longer needs to decide between the work of 8 and/or 18-year-olds.

You can learn more about the Judging Panelists and others who have helped us by clicking on Supporters

Want to know more about Cicadas?  Here’s something:

David Attenborough’s Cicada Life Cyclecicada image 2

Australian Geographic’s Cicadas: rhythms of life