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2020 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

2020 Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards

2020 Picture Ipswich Awards – Open Age

2020 Ipswich City Council Awards Open Age – Local Poets

2020 Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Awards Open Age – Other Poetry

2020 Ipswich Poetry Feast Awards Open Age – Bush Poetry

2020 Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Perspectives by Elizabeth Marsh (1st)

Our Mother's Struggle by Tessa Quinlan (2nd)

In.

The golden hue of the lowering sun transforms into a dull red compass, robbed of all rays and warmth, as if readying to leap from a faraway cliff.

Rousing the hunger of our extinction record.

Out.

The ensuing gloom smothers the last breaths of a dwindling population as it encircles, like a lost strand of hair, about the salty estuary below.

Welding the sea and sky seamlessly.

In.

The veil of Mother Nature condenses into a shadowed mist as she broods over the upper fjords.

Enveloping the distant peninsula.

Out.

But we rush like poison through her veins as we are carried out with the tide into the depths of the strait.

Polluting all.

In.

The bruised peaks of our waves fail to re-colonise the rugged headland as we grope desperately at the limestone clefts.

Eroding our last solid refuge.

Out.

Our gnarled hands tighten upon emptiness as we are torn from our forlorn search in the shallows.

Prying us from her embrace.

In.

The muddy clouds churn low upon the horizon as another white blanket of froth crumples upon the sand.

Repressing her last attempt at salvation.

Out.

The melancholy whisper of her lullaby echoes hauntedly about the rocky bluffs as the tide slouches in retreat from the coastline.

Bidding a slow farewell to Mother Earth.

In.

Her deepening shadows close inwards upon the headland as she unburdens herself of the weight upon her chest.

Levelling our deep footprints impressed upon the greying sand.

Out.

My Great Aunt's Piano by Annie Mellick (3rd)

Writing Poetry by Jhermayne Ubalde (Highly Commended)

When the Relatives Return by Penelope (Penny) Duran (Highly Commended)

The Christmas Paper Caper by Archer Bloomfield (Highly Commended)

How To Be Straight by Jhermayne Ubalde (Highly Commended)

Bible Study by Jhermayne Ubalde (Highly Commended)

Rain by Amy Nancarrow (Highly Commended)

Reflection of a Schoolgirl by Penelope (Penny) Duran (Highly Commended)

Tsunami by Holly Atherton (Highly Commended)

2020 Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

2020 Broderick Family Awards 11-13 Years

2020 Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

2020 River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years