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Threatened Species Art and Writing Competition

Scarlett Corcoran 1st place 10-12 - Swift parrot.jpg 2017 TSAC - Scarlett Corcoran - Swift Parrot. 1st place in the 10-12 age category.

Get Creative for the 2019 Threatened Species Art and Writing Competition! 

The Threatened Species Art and Writing Competition is back again in 2019 and we are encouraging all young budding artists up to the age of 12 years to create their most striking artworks or creative writing pieces. The project aims to educate the wider community about the importance of conserving and protecting the unique threatened, rare and endangered species that call Macarthur home. The competition opens on 22 July,  and closes on 23 August.  Be sure not to miss out on the great prizes that are up for grabs!

It's growing!

To raise awareness of the special plants and animals that call Macarthur home and to celebrate National Threatened Species Day on 7 September, kids across the Macarthur region are invited to learn more about local threatened species, creating artworks or creative writing pieces that will help teach the wider community about how, together, we can help to protect these species.

The competition continues to grow. For the third year running have included a creative writing component so that young people, who enjoy expressing themselves in written form, can create short story pieces that celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of the threatened plants and animals that are found in the Macarthur. We are also pleased to announce that the Australian Botanic Gardens and Symbio Wildlife Zoo are back on board, providing some great prizes and additional activities as part of the competition.  

How to enter

Whether you're creating an artwork or writing piece, entering is easy!

Simply complete an entry form(266KB, PDF) and drop it in with your artwork or creative writing piece to one of the following venues:

  • Campelltown City Council Civic Centre, Customer Service Desk, Cnr Queen and Broughton Streets, Campbelltown
  • Camden Council, 70 Central Avenue, Oran Park
  • Wollondilly Council Administration Building, Customer Service Desk, 62-64 Menangle Street, Picton

Alternatively, post your entry to your respective Council using the following addresses:

  • Campbelltown City Council Threatened Species Competition, PO Box 57, Campbelltown NSW 2560
  • Camden Council, PO Box 183, Camden NSW 2570
  • Wollondilly Council, PO Box 21, Picton NSW 2571

Entries close Friday 23 August.


There are some great prizes up for grabs for both artworks and creative writing pieces. There are prizes for individual winners and there are prizes for schools. To see the list of prizes and the different prize categories, download the Entry form and Guidelines.(14MB, PDF)

Award ceremony

The competition will once again have an award ceremony to celebrate winning individuals and award winning schools. It will be hosted by The Australian PlantBank at The Australian Botanic Gardens Mount Annan on Thursday 5 September to coincide with National Threatened Species Day.

As part of the award ceremony, you will be invited to explore the behind-the-scenes of the Australian PlantBank with a research scientist and afterwards be taken on a Nocturnal Tour of the endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland. Be sure to bring a torch and walking shoes!

Want to know more?

For artwork inspiration and information about some of our local threatened species, and threats to their survival, check out our Threatened Species Fact Sheet(3MB, PDF).

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