Media awards for talented school students

June 21, 2016

Radio student Christina broadcasts from the radio studios at Murdoch’s Media Centre

Radio student Christina broadcasts from the radio studios at Murdoch’s Media Centre

A new media competition which will reward excellence by high school students in creative arts subjects has been launched by Murdoch University.

The Mesh Awards are open to entrants in years 10 and 11 in the categories of screen production, photography, journalism, creative writing, games art, graphic design, sound production, theatre and drama, radio, public relations and web communication.

Entrants will initially compete with other WA students in their chosen category and will be judged by academics within Murdoch’s School of Arts.

The winner of each category becomes an automatic finalist for the ‘Golden Mesh Award’. The ‘Golden Mesh’ is presented to the most outstanding submission across all categories and is judged by a panel of leading industry experts.

All category finalists will be invited to the Murdoch Media Showcase on Thursday, December 8, for the announcement of the coveted ‘Golden Mesh Award’. In addition, each finalist will be invited to exhibit their work alongside Murdoch’s final year media projects at the special showcase event.

Students are asked to go online to for details on how to submit their entry under one of the following categories:

  1. Best Short Film
  2. Best Persuasive Speech
  3. Best Video Game Character Concept
  4. Best Logo Design
  5. Best Music Production
  6. Best Audio Recorded Interview
  7. Best Photographic Series
  8. Best Dramatic Monologue to Camera
  9. Best Online News Story
  10. Best Short Story
  11. Best Personal Website
Character art created by games art and design student Ignatious Tan

Character art created by games art and design student Ignatious Tan

The winner of each individual category will receive a $50 JB HiFi Voucher and Certificate of Excellence in recognition of their achievement. Winner of the Golden Mesh Award will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card, and personalised 2016 trophy. The winner’s name will also be immortalised on the Golden Mesh Award Winners' plaque in the Media Centre at Murdoch.

Professor Rikki Kersten, Dean of the School of Arts, said the competition aimed to foster and encourage creative talent at high school level.

“The Meshies are also a way of introducing high school students to university life and standards,” she said.

“Having their work judged by academics and then possibly exhibited alongside their high school and university peers will be excellent motivation for entrants who we hope will be among our future student cohorts.”

The competition is now open for entries. All entries must be accompanied by an endorsement of a media teacher or official school representative at the student's high school. Entries close on Friday, September 23, 2016.

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