2023 Art Prize

The Immunisation Coalition Art Prize aimed to highlight and promote novice and experienced artists, and support our mission to bring factual awareness of issues around influenza, vaccination and the burden of infectious disease.

Immunisation Coalition


The Immunisation Coalition Art Prize aimed to create awareness of the importance of immunisation, engage students in creative expression, and highlight and promote contemporary artists.

We invited artists of all ages to help us communicate the need for accurate information on vaccination issues.

Who Could Enter

Who Can Enter icon

This competition was open to amateur and professional artists of all ages, beginner or expert. No special qualifications were required for participation.

      • Only open to residents of Australia & Australian citizens (including those living overseas).
      • You could enter as an individual, group, or class.
      • One entry per artist or group of artists.

2023 Winners

To view the winners of the 2023 Art Prize click here

Artwork Brief

Artwork Brief iconCreate 2D or 3D artwork in response to one of the following two themes:

      • Infectious diseases and our world
      • Vaccination fact-based concepts

Your piece may take any visual form of creative expression, including fine art, sculpture, digital art, photography, or short film.

The work:

  • Must be original
  • Must be presented by living artist/s
  • Must have been created on or after 1st January 2022

Immunisation Coalition reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to reject work that is not found suitable for publication or that does not meet our criteria. Art that depicts graphic racial or sexual violence is not acceptable.

Requirements for Submissions

The Immunisation Coalition Art Prize is an online competition. All artworks must be presented as a digital file.

Artist Statement

  • Provide us with a description of your artwork /artist statement of up to 250 words.

Film Submissions

  • Short Film entries must not exceed 60 seconds in length.
  • Provide a link to your submission (eg YouTube or Vimeo).

Other Submissions

  • We advise images with 1000 Pixels on the longest side and at a resolution of 72dpi.
  • The acceptable file formats are jpg, jpeg, png, or pdf.
  • Files may not exceed 5MB.
  • Images should be front on with the artwork filling the full image (ie no frames, no white space)

Category Selection

Categories A, B, C are for those who created their submission while enrolled
as students in a recognised institute (school, college, TAFE, University).

Category D is open to everyone.

You may only submit your work in one category.

Prizes & Selection Criteria

Publication and promotion of artists on IC media platforms.

Your artwork may be featured in the following ways:

  • In the winners exhibition video or slideshow, or during live exhibitions
  • Artist spotlight on our website and in social media campaigns
  • Grouped press releases to large media audiences
  • Feature in Immunisation Coalition’s media and health promotion materials


Prizes icon

      • Category A Primary Student: $500
      • Category B Secondary Student: $500
      • Category C Tertiary Student: $1500
      • Category D Open (Non-student): $2000

Plus 10 Merit Prizes will be awarded.

Up to 10 finalists in each category are nominated by our curators. Shortlisted artists are submitted to the selection panel for final judging. The selection panel will name 4 winners (1 per category) along with additional merit prize winners.

The judges’ decision will be final and irrevocable.

Prize Selection Criteria

Audience Engagement

  • Is the content of the video or art piece interesting?
  • Does your piece invite thought, discussion or action?

Accuracy of Science

  • In the content of your response to the theme/s

Effective Communication

  • Have you considered communication to a diverse range of communities?
  • What style choices have you made?
  • Have you used visual and audio effects? eg animations, music, different angles


  • Is the message clear and easily understood?
  • Can audio be heard clearly?

Selection Panel

The selection panel was co-spearheaded by Nobel Prize winning immunologist, Peter Doherty. The selection panel was a representation of professionals from both the art and medical research industries.

To avoid any lobbying or intervention, the composition of the selection panel was only published after the notifications to the winners.

Dates & Deadlines

Dates and deadlines iconBeginning of submissions: 1 November 2022

Submission deadline: 17 March 2023

Notification of winning artworks: 21 April 2023

Online exhibition of winning artworks: From 1 May 2023

Education Package

Education Resource iconDownload the Education Package for Years 5-8 here.

This learning resource can be used to support teachers in developing student artworks for the Immunisation Coalition Art Prize or as a stand-alone integrated STE(A)M learning resource to bring factual awareness of issues around immunisation, vaccination and the burden of infectious disease.


Contact us iconFor enquiries about the Art Prize, please email artprize@immunisationcoalition.org.au

Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions iconClick here for a PDF copy of the Art Prize Guidelines and Terms & Conditions.

Page Published: 3 August 2022 | Page Updated: 8 February 2024