Ipswich Teen Wins Big At 2020 Queensland Youth Week

Queensland Youth Week

A piece of art depicting passion and diverse creativity of young Queenslanders has landed an Ipswich student the top prize at the Queensland Youth Week 2020 artwork competition.

Taking the title for the overall winner is Hanna Jones, a 16-year-old aspiring artist from North Ipswich. She included seedlings in her artwork, a move that impressed judges because for this year’s Youth Week, the State Government will be giving out bookmarks with seeds for young people to plant.

“It includes some of the goals and influential aspects of our lives including music culture and a collective drive to protect our environment. I enjoy experiencing and belonging in the creative community and seeing people the same age as me making a positive impact,” she said about her piece.

Hanna’s piece, entitled “Salad,” has been described as “a riotous splash of colour and movement, with hidden details and messages for young people throughout,” by judge Di Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women.



Ms Farmer said Hanna’s artwork would be used to promote Queensland Youth Week on the department’s website, through social media and on downloadable collateral to support the week. Aside from the opportunity to be featured in this year’s Youth Week, she has also won a:

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

Competition runners-up, Murphy McDonald-Smith from Flagstone Creek and Kayla Smith-Bharda from Koongal, each won a $100 JB Hi-Fi gift voucher.

Ms Farmer added that a gallery showcasing entries will be online soon to share some of the wonderful entries. For the meantime, you can view all entries submitted this year by checking out the State Government’s ehub

Queensland Youth Week 2020

Queensland Youth Week will run from 1-9 April 2020 and will see 25 projects delivered across the state, each receiving a share in $50,000 worth of grants, marking the week and celebrating the enormous contribution of youth to the state.

The theme for this year is ‘Yeah the youth!’ – It’s a call to friendship, strength and unity between young people and a celebration of who they are and what they offer to Queensland.