The Parliament Prize

Parliament Prize

 

The Parliament of Victoria is giving you the chance to say what you think about using technology to engage people in democracy.

You could win $500 and $1000 for your school, presented at a ceremony in Parliament House!

You get to choose how you want to address this topic. Write an essay, make a video, design a poster, create a multi-media presentation – it’s up to you!

Open to Victorian students in two categories:
years 7-9 and years 10-12.

Entries close on Friday 14 July 2017

TOPIC

The cloud is the limit: how can technology be used to engage people in our democracy?

 


ENTRY DETAILS

  • Format is open, to be chosen by entrants. Any essay must not exceed 800 words, and any video or other multimedia entry must not exceed three minutes. Formats can include an essay, a video, a poster or artwork, a multimedia presentation, or any other method that sufficiently addresses the topic.
  • Entries are to be submitted via the Parliament Prize page on parliament’s website.
  • The entry can be work undertaken to meet your existing subject requirements, or created just for the prize.
  • The closing date is 5:00 pm on Friday 14 July 2017.

 

JUDGING CRITERIA

The judges will look for:

  • how well the entry reflects a thorough understanding of the topic
  • a sense of passion and clear thinking
  • engaging, creative and coherent expression
  • a persuasive and clearly articulated point of view in the selected medium.

 

OUR JUDGES

A shortlist of entries will be compiled by the Community Engagement and Education Unit.

Two separate panels, one for each age group, will judge the entries. The panels will comprise a Presiding Officer, a Member of Parliament, and a member of the parliament’s Education Advisory Panel.

 

PRIZES

A prize of $500 will be awarded to the winning entry for each category. There will also be prizes of $250 to the second placed entries and $125 to the third placed entries in each category.

An award of $1,000 will be made to each winning student’s school which should ideally be used to promote civics and citizenship and law-related education within those schools, at the schools’ discretion.

Winning students and schools will receive a commemorative plaque. The winning entries will be uploaded to the Education Zone of the Parliament of Victoria’s website, and by submitting an entry students give permission for this to occur.

The winners will be announced and presented with their prizes at a presentation on a date to be advised at Parliament House.

If you have any questions regarding the prize, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

RULES

  • The competition is open to Victorian students in two categories: Years 7-9 and Years 10-12.
  • All entries must be the student's original work.
  • Entries submitted by essay must not exceed 800 words
  • Entries submitted by video or other multimedia format must not exceed three minutes
  • Entries must be submitted via the online form.
  • Poster or artwork entries must be hand delivered or sent to Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne 3002 by the due date. A pdf or image of the artwork should also be submitted via the online form.
  • Late entries will not be considered. Entries are due by 5:00 pm, Friday 14 July

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • The Competition is operated and managed by the Parliament of Victoria.
  • The Competition commences at 10.00am on Monday 15 May 2017 and concludes for judging at close of business on Friday 14 July 2017. No late entries will be accepted.
  • Immediate family members of the Parliament of Victoria, staff of members of the Parliament of Victoria and employees of the Parliament of Victoria are ineligible to enter.
  • All entrants must have consent from a parent or legal guardian and teacher to enter. By submitting an entry, the student agrees to the terms of the entry form and the competition rules and certifies that:
    • their parent or legal guardian gives permission for them to enter
    • their teacher gives permission for them to enter and certifies that the entry submitted by the student named on the form, is the work of that student.
  • All entrants will be notified by email that their entry has been received.
  • The entry can be work undertaken to meet the student’s existing subject requirements, or created expressly for the prize but must be the students own work.
  • The winning entries will be uploaded to the Education Zone of the Parliament of Victoria’s website. By submitting an entry, students, agree to participate and co-operate as required in the official winners’ presentation and to be interviewed and photographed for uploading on the PoV website and other promotional activities.
  • All entrants are required to provide certain personal information to complete an entry form. This personal information will be used only for the purposes of the competition and within all applicable data protection and privacy laws.
  • The winning students and school will be notified and presented with their prizes and plaques at a ceremony at Parliament House on a date to be advised.

 

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY

Students' details will not be collected or used for any purpose other than communication about this year's Parliament Prize competition.