Sponsored by the University of Sydney, the Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize encourages students to communicate a scientific concept in a way that is accessible and entertaining to the public while painlessly increasing their science knowledge or, as Dr Karl and Adam like to say, "Learn something without even noticing". It is intended to support budding young scientists across the nation, who will be our future leaders in research, discovery and communication.
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Students must focus on a scientific concept, discovery or invention, or their own scientific hypothesis. Judges will make a selection based on the accuracy of the science, the use of relevant examples, the structure of the film, and the passion and creativity that shines through. It’s also important that sound and image quality are good enough for judges to assess an entry.
Entries into the 2020 competition have now closed.
2021 entry guidelines, with the judges' assessment criteria, are available here.
The 2020 theme was: water.
The 2021 theme is: big.
Amongst other things, judges will be assessing the students' passion for their chosen topic and creativity in capturing the theme, so students should dedicate some time to think about how they will explore the theme. They may wish to start by taking one minute to write down words they associate with big and discussing their list with a teacher or guardian. It’s important they pick a topic they’re interested in so that their passion shines through.
First place: $2,000 plus a $350 Abbey’s book voucher
Second place: $1,250 plus a $150 Abbey’s book voucher
Third place: $750
First place: $3,000 plus a $350 Abbey’s book voucher
Second place: $2,000 plus a $150 Abbey’s book voucher
Third place: $1,000
Prize money is divided equally between student/s and their school (their school to receive 50% of the prize money).
For team entries, Abbey’s book vouchers are divided equally between students.
Prize information released Wednesday 5 February
Entries open Wednesday 4 March
Entries close 7pm AEST Friday 15 May (extended from initial deadline of 1 May).
Finalists notified by mid-July
Finalists announced Tuesday 29 September (extended from initial date of late July due to COVID-19)
Winners announced Tuesday 24 November (extended from initial date of 26 August due to COVID-19)
Participation certificates distributed by Friday 30 October
Is there an entry fee?
No. The Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize is free to enter.
Are home educated students eligible to enter?
Yes. Students that are home-schooled in accordance with the relevant state or territory legislation are eligible to enter.
I am in year seven, but still at primary school. Should I enter the primary or secondary category?
As you are in primary school in the state where you are enrolled, you should enter the primary school category.
Can an entry be made up of students from more than one school?
Yes. Students entering do not need to be from the same school nor in the same grade. The film should be entered in the appropriate category (either Primary or Secondary school) for the oldest member of the group.
How do I submit my short film?
Each individual student or team will need to complete one online entry form and upload their short film as part of this process. Hard copy submissions, including films, will not be accepted.
What if my short film is too long?
Edit, edit, edit! In 2021 judges will not consider entries that exceed 2-minutes, so it’s important that you stick to the time limit.
I'm having trouble filling out the entry form. Who can assist?
Please contact the Eureka Prizes team on 02 9320 6230 or via email at email@example.com. It’s important that you get in touch well before the Entry Deadline as we cannot edit entries after the submission deadline or grant extensions to the deadline.
I’ve entered the Eureka Prizes before, but my login details no longer work
In 2020 the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes launched a new online entry system and accounts using our old system could not be transferred. If you would like to submit an entry, you will need to set up a new account. It will take less than two minutes to register!
I’ve submitted my online entry form and short film; how do I know if they have been received?
You will receive a confirmation email from the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes as soon as you submit your online entry form. If you do not receive this email, check your junk folder. In the event that you still can't locate your confirmation email, please call us on 02 9320 6230 and a member of our team will assist.
I’ve submitted my online entry form and short film but would like to make some changes; how can I do this?
You can log in to the online entry system and make changes directly into your form until the Entry Deadline. The system will automatically update your entry and you will not be able to recover earlier versions.
You will not be able to make any changes to your entry after the Entry Deadline.
I missed the entry deadline. Can I have an extension?
Under no circumstance will the Entry Deadline be extended, and the Australian Museum will not enter any correspondence relating to this matter.
When will finalists be notified?
Finalists will be contacted in early July - please ensure that you have access to your phone and email in the two weeks leading up to this date.
Please ensure that you provide accurate and complete contact information in your online entry form. Unless a student is aged 18 years or over, it’s important that they provide the contact details of their parent or guardian - we cannot communicate directly with students aged under 18 years.
Can I get feedback on my entry?
Due to the large volume of entries received, unfortunately judges cannot provide individual feedback.
It’s important for short filmmakers to know about their responsibilities when it comes to using other people’s content in their work. If entrants plan to use materials such as music, footage, images and scripts that are not their own, they will need to get permission from the copyright owners before submitting their film. We’ve put together a list of resources to help guide you.
Arts Law Centre of Australia legal information for filmmakers
Australian Copyright Council general copyright advice
Copyright Agency information on copyright protected words and images
Free Music Archive royalty free music
Music Rights Australia information on music copyright
Screenrights for information on copyright protected audiovisual content
I would encourage anyone with an interest in video making and science communication to contribute to this competition. It's such a great challenge and fantastic to do with a bunch of your friends. Anna Hardy - past winner