About The Kuranda Art Prize

The 2023 Kuranda Art Prize in 2023 will be a non-acquisitive competition for mixed media artists and open to both beginner and emerging artists. The purpose is to hold a Kuranda Art Prize annually and extend the scope and prize money of the art prize, as it grows.

Entries close 16 April 2023.


The theme for the competition in 2023 is Reflection.


First Prize                           $ 2,000.00

Second Prize                      $ 1,000.00

Third Prize                          $    500.00

People’s Choice Award     $    250.00


The sponsors of the 2023 Kuranda Art Prize are:

  • Kuranda Riverboat and Kuranda Rainforest Tours
  • Kuranda Traders Association
  • Kuranda Koala Gardens
  • Birdworld Kuranda
  • Sprout Juice and Coffee Bar Kuranda
  • Cantata Studio Kuranda

All funds generated through partnerships, commission and entry fees are used in the running of the Kuranda Art Prize and are continuously reinvested in the Prize to encourage artistic endeavour into the future. The annual Kuranda Art Prize is established to:

  • promote culturally diverse artistic endeavours
  • showcase the talent of Far North Queensland artists
  • encourage the creative development of artists in Australia.


The Kuranda Art Prize logo was created by Nettie O Design from a commissioned sculpture by John Beasley (deceased Kuranda sculptor, gardener and author) that was completed in 1997. It is in ‘Black Ice’ marble from Chillagoe and is located on the corner of Rob Veivers Drive and Therwine Street, Kuranda. Named “Smoke in the Palms”, it incorporates a leaf of the local Kuranda Licuala Palm (Licuala ramsayii). The smoke represents both the dispossession of the original indigenous inhabitants of Kuranda and the ongoing destruction of the rainforest.

To enter the Kuranda Art Prize, please read the Terms and Conditions and complete the form below…


First Prize $2,000 – Sponsored by the Kuranda Riverboat & Kuranda Art Prize
Deep in Reflection by Marianne Tow 
Second Prize $1,000 – Sponsored by the Kuranda Koala Gardens & Birdworld Kuranda
Rust in Peace by Paula Matthews
Third Prize $500 – Sponsored by Sprout Juice & Coffee Bar
Reflecting on the Day by Scotia Hennessy
Peoples Choice Award $250 – Sponsored by Cantata Studio Kuranda
The Stillness by Vicki Williams
Emerging Young Artist Encouragement Award $150 – Sponsored by Angela Toppin 
Ocean’s Graveyard by Azariah Wigley-Gill


2022 Kuranda Art Prize with the theme Rainforest – Winner: Dance of the Epiphytes by Helena Burcher.


  • Artist Information

  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
    The submitted artwork cannot be digital or a graphic.
  • The artwork

  • Artwork Upload

    All images must be a jpg (highest quality compression), png or tiff format. Images must be of the work in its entirety. The upload file size needs to be between 2MB and 10MB. Artwork should be 2048px on the long edge at the minimum. (Please use the artwork title only for the image filename. Please do not include your name in the filename).
  • Max. file size: 10 MB.
    Please be patient while the file is uploaded. Please use the artwork title only for the image filename Please do not include your name in the image filename
  • Declaration

  • Payment

    Payment of your entry fee of $30.00/entry is to be made into the following bank account using your name in the description box:

    • Kuranda Traders Association
    • BSB: 484 799
    • Account Number – 561573608

    Please email proof of payment to kurandaartprize@kuranda.org. You will receive an email notifying you that your entry has been successfully received.

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