National Youth Week 2008 Competitions open

Media Release

    The 2008 National Talent Competitions and Win Free Stuff competitions opened today, in the lead up to the biggest event on this year’s youth calendar, National Youth Week 2008.

    Minister for Youth, Kate Ellis, says National Youth Week will be held from5 to 13 April 2008, under the theme ‘Shout. Share. Live. Unite.’.

    “The National Talent Competitions allows young people to put their creative talents to use in the areas of music, writing, filmmaking, photography and graphic design,” Minister Ellis said.

    There are five competitions - RockIT, WriteIT, ShootIT, DesignIT and SnapIT, with junior (12 – 17 years) and senior (18 – 25 years) age categories and an Industry Award and a People’s Choice Award in each category.

    “The Industry Awards are chosen by an expert in each creative field, while the People’s Choice Awards will be decided through an online voting system, where young people can vote for their pick of short listed entries.

    “Prizes will include computer packages and video cameras, which will help the winners develop their creative talents.

    “Young people aged between 12 and 25 years can also enter the Win Free Stuff competitions, by answering simple questions or providing their opinions online,” Minister Ellis said.

    Full prize details and National Talent Competition entry forms are available online at www.youthweek.com.

    Entries for both the National Talent Competition and Win Free Stuff Competitions close at 5pm AEST Monday 14 April 2008, with winners announced in June 2008.

    National Youth Week 2008 is a joint Australian, State, Territory and Local Government initiative, with further information at www.youthweek.comor phone1300 663 500.

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