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2016 Tasmanian Secondary School Multimedia Art Competition

'Child of War' by Niamh Donnelly, 2015

'Child of War' by Niamh Donnelly, 2015.

Even wars have laws

Be part of the bigger picture

Calling all aspiring artists! If you are a student in Grades 7 - 12, we need your artistic talents to help us protect people affected by war.

We need you to create a work of art - drawing, painting, graphic design, moving image, cartoon, even a song or dance - to spread the vital message that Even Wars Have Laws.

The task

Your task is to produce an artwork that explores how international humanitarian law (IHL) protects people caught up in war and conflict, and why these laws must be obeyed.

Why enter?

Great prizes
$300 first prize will be awarded to the best entry in the grade 7-10 and the grade 11-12 categories. $100 will be awarded to the Runner Up in each category.

There will also be a People's Choice Award and an IHL Research Award.

Exhibition at Hobart LINC
Enter for the chance to have your work displayed in an exciting exhibition at Hobart LINC.

If your work is selected for the exhibition, you and your family will be invited to a special exhibition opening officiated by Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AM, Governor of Tasmania.

How do I enter?

Schools must register their interest in the competition before Thursday 31 March, 2016.

Registration of interest form for schools

Schools can invite an Australian Red Cross representative to speak to students about the laws of war. Teachers can also contact us for additional resources and information on IHL.

Email Kasia Kremzer-Kozlowska, IHL Coordinator at

To enter an artwork, students must download and complete this entry form, which must be delivered or posted with the artwork, to:

Australian Red Cross IHL Program
Red Cross House
40 Melville Street

by 5pm on Friday 20 May 2016

What are the competition rules?

The competition is open to all Tasmanian students in Grades 7 -12.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories: High School (Grades 7-10) and College (Grades 11 - 12).

All art forms - drawing, painting, graphic design, storybook or cartoon, moving images and short films - are eligible for entry. Performances pieces, including dance, music and drama, are to be submitted as a video recording.

Entries will be judged by a panel of professional artists and representatives of Australian Red Cross.

The judging criteria are:

  • how well the artist explores the theme that Even Wars Have Laws
  • the originality of the piece
  • the skills and techniques used.

The decision of the judging panel is final. Terms and conditions of entry.

So what exactly are the laws of war? Find out here »