2017 Winners

River 94.9 Award - 5-7 Years

First Prize - Eels by Freddy Davey
Second Prize - Night Time by Caterina Falco
Third Prize - Creepers in the Daytime by Leo McNally
Highly Commended - I found a new HOME now by Ariba Omar
Highly Commended - Cars by Zachary Strickfuss
Highly Commended - Waiting for my true friend-not anymore by Ariba Omar
Highly Commended - I am a bird by Ariba Omar
Highly Commended - Cowry Shell by Holli Lang

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award - 8-10 Years

First Prize - Why Willows Weep by Abby Jennings
Second Prize - When Cancer Won by Lillian Crocos
Third Prize - You are My Star by Sophie Roussos
Highly Commended - The Poppies Shine by Coby Fields
Highly Commended - Shake and Quake by Bridget Warren
Highly Commended - A Night at the Beach by Amelia Sim
Highly Commended - The Chestnut Stallion by Eleanor O'Brien
Highly Commended - Remembering Ipswich by Lilli Williams
Highly Commended - Fury Skies by Clodagh Cowman
Highly Commended - The Water and the Wind by Jackson Martin-Blakey
Highly Commended - The Charge of the Light Horse Brigade by Amelia Sim
Highly Commended - Zoo Family by Olivia Boase
Highly Commended - The Campfire by Arabella Basha
Highly Commended - Colder, Colder, Colder by Amelia Sim
Highly Commended - Winter by Pippa Ellis
Highly Commended - The Never-ending Sahara by Huntar Paterson

Broderick Family Award - 11-13 Years

First Prize - Red Dress on the Hill by Olivia Priddis
Second Prize - No Time for a Joy Flight by Portia Hoole
Third Prize - Pa's Tale by Ann Davidson
Highly Commended - Grandma's Cupboard by Jade Martin
Highly Commended - Sister Sister by Rebecca Linton
Highly Commended - Delicately by Talia Bulstrode
Highly Commended - The Queen of Demons by Rebecca Linton
Highly Commended - Rabbit Proof Fence by Hayley Victor
Highly Commended - My Grandmother's Masala by Soraiya Munshi
Highly Commended - The Secret Life of a Clock by Rebecca Linton
Highly Commended - The Education of Lonely by Louis Langoulant

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

First Prize - Beat Highway by Emerson Hurley
Second Prize - Sparks by Jena Woodroffe
Third Prize - Marco and Me by Emerson Hurley
Highly Commended - Sp( )ces by Emerson Hurley
Highly Commended - Continuous Places by Emerson Hurley
Highly Commended - The Spoken Unspoken by Heidi Leeman
Highly Commended - Magnetic Aesthetic by Te Aroha Manuel
Highly Commended - *No Title* by Hayden Bradford

Ipswich City Council Award - 16-17 Years

First Prize - Zipper by Sonya Frossine
Second Prize - Markings of a Printed Tile by Sidney Boen
Third Prize - Lament for Bruadair by Clare O'SUllivan
Highly Commended - Commuter's Requiem by Luke Bradshaw Poier
Highly Commended - The Man from Serayu River by Emily Bradley
Highly Commended - Outro Requiem by Isabel Longbottom
Highly Commended - Have You Heard of the Girl Who Breathes Flowers? by Lauren Rawlings
Highly Commended - Mum by Rahim Mohammadi

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award - Open Age Bush Poetry

First Prize - The Cynic Route by Kate O'Neil
Second Prize - Top Camp - Up in the Devil's Lair by Terry Piggott
Third Prize - The Lady of the Lakes by Terry Piggott
Highly Commended - The Night the Kids Cooked Dinner by Caroline Tuohey
Highly Commended - A Racing Tale by Jim Kent
Highly Commended - The Flags that Fly at Castlebrook by Noel Stallard
Highly Commended - Bandy Bill by Jim Kent
Highly Commended - Real Time Dream Time by Kevin Pye
Highly Commended - Plywood Crosses by Graeme Johnson

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award - Open Age Other Poetry

First Prize - Flying to Ipswich in the Company of Saint Jackie Howe by Roger Vickery
Second Prize - From the Wreck: Adam Lindsay Gordon 1833-1870 by Jeff Guess
Third Prize - Endurance by Damen O'Brien
Highly Commended - Along the Red Dirt Road: Drought Country Sequence by Mark Miller
Highly Commended - Appraisal by Damen O'Brien
Highly Commended - Pumpkins and Firewood by Mran-Maree Laing
Highly Commended - An Even Greater Fear by David Campbell
Highly Commended - The Museum by Mran-Maree Laing
Highly Commended - Archives of the Feet by Jena Woodhouse
Highly Commended - Faces in the Sea by John Egan

Rosewood Green Award - Open Age Local Poets

First Prize - Easter at the Coast by David Gagen
Second Prize - Where is Maggie Thatcher? by Gill Jewell
Third Prize - When Gods Rules the Waves by David Gagen
Highly Commended - Behind a Perspex Screen by Leonie Parker
Highly Commended - War on Terror by Brett Dionysius

Chair's Encouragement Awards

5-17 Yrs. Winner - Past by Alyssa Tang
Open Age - Birds Can Heal Through Water by Robert Chapman

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

First Prize - Norman Foote Among the Pumpkins by Vanessa Page
Second Prize - Circa 1928 by P.S. Cottier
Third Prize - An Ode to the F-111 by Leonie Parker
Highly Commended - Double Take by Bernadette Whisson
Highly Commended - Outside the Lines by Joe Dolce

Chairperson's School Award

Springfield Central State High School, Springfield Central, QLD

2017 Overall Winner & recipient of
the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Norman Foote Among the Pumpkins by Vanessa Page

Judges’ Comments
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