Entries are now closed

Entries into our annual art competition have now closed. Due to the latest COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne, we have been delayed in shortlisting these entries in preparation for our researchers to vote for their favourite artworks. We hope to announce the winners in September.

2020 Creative art competition

We love making new discoveries about the brain and want to share our enthusiasm for brain research with children so they too can become intrigued by how the brain works. That’s why we hold an annual creative art competition for Australian primary schools.

Last year we had over 1200 entries and this year we hope even more students will use their imaginations to create an artwork inspired by this year’s question: Why do you love your brain?

Why do you love your brain?

Show us why you love your brain by creating an artwork for our competition. Your artwork must be inspired by our question ‘Why do you love your brain’ and fit on an A4-size paper. You can use pens, pencil, crayon, textas or paint.

Who can enter?

Any child attending an Australian primary school or is homeschooled can enter this competition. Students can enter individually or as part of a combined school effort. The competition is judged in three categories:

  • Category 1: Foundation (Prep) and Year 1
  • Category 2: Years 2 – 4
  • Category 3: Years 5 – 6

Great prizes for students and schools

A 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winner will be selected from each category by a panel of judges.

Winning students

Each winning student will receive a special brain science prize pack.

Winning schools

Each winner’s school will receive:

  • a brain science resource pack
  • a voucher to purchase teaching resources ($1000 for 1st, $500 for 2nd and $250 for 3rd prize winners)
  • the first-place winning school from each category will receive a special school visit by one or two brain researchers to present the prizes and deliver an age-appropriate interactive educational lesson about the brain to the winner’s class.

How to enter

Send hard copies of artworks to:

Brain Function CoE Art Competition
Monash Biomedical Imaging
770 Blackburn Road, Clayton, VIC 3800


Email high-resolution scans (no photographs) to: administrator@cibf.edu.au

You must include the following on the back of the artwork in clear writing:

  • Student’s name
  • Student’s age
  • Student’s class
  • Name of school
  • School contact (name and email address of teacher or Principal).

Entries with illegible or missing information will not be considered.

Artwork will not be returned.


Due to COVID-19, the closing date has been extended to 19 June 2020.

View full terms and conditions for the competition.

View this competition on Facebook.

Download a PDF flyer about the art competition.

Brain science resources for primary schools

Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week Resources

Queensland Brain Institute brain posters

Queensland Brain Institute brain activity booklet

My Brain Robbie

Terms and Conditions

For more details about the competition, visit our terms and conditions page.


For questions or more information about the competition, email administrator@cibf.edu.au