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River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards

2018 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

An Ethical Irony by Michael Swift (Equal First Prize)

The Mansion That Time Forgot by Equal First Prize (Grace Longhi)

Technology Nation by Emma Chambers (Second Prize)

The Tanami by Rafaela Southon (Third Prize)

The Door on The 3rd Floor by Gabriella Gigliotti (Highly Commended)

If Only You Knew by Disha Raval (Highly Commended)

Sea Change by Hannah Barrie (Highly Commended)

Over the ocean,
When the sun is high,
The dolphins dance,
Oh, how they fly!

The turtles paddle,
The sea lions lay,
And the seabird soars
In the warm air today.

With the air so sweet,
And the sky so blue,
Could anything possibly go wrong,
Of that no-one knew.

But later at noon,
When the sun starts to set,
A baby turtle,
got stuck in a net.

Oh how it screamed
And ear-piercing cry,
“HELP ME PLEASE!!
I could possibly die!”

The dolphins swam over,
The sea lions too.
The fish, the whales
And the birds who flew.

All were in shock
and trying to help,
But still the turtle
did nothing but yelp!

They pulled and tugged,
And worked as a team.
Until the whale found something,
That made him scream.

What he found was quite alarming,
The turtle ate a straw,
It was awfully harming.

The seabird took charge,
And grabbed it with his beak,
He pulled the straw out,
How the turtle did squeak.

But attached to the straw,
Something they found,
Was more and more,
Of a plastic mound.

Out of the poor turtle’s mouth,
It kept on coming,
The rubbish, the plastic,
It felt quite numbing.

After lots of hard work,
It was finally out,
The turtle said thanks,
And was free to swim about.

But again and again,
When the tides get high,
The rubbish flows in,
And the sea creatures cry.

They hope for an ocean,
Like it used to be.
Clean and calm,
They want the sea.

Surfing on Waikiki Beach by Alexandra Willcock (Highly Commended)

Humanty by Harmony-tree Hansen (Highly Commended)

The Broken-Hearted by Mysheka Field (Highly Commended)

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years