Prize Winners

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2015


Avondale College of Higher Education Choral and Instrumental Music Prize
  • Cardiff, Wales-based Daniel Brinsmead won the Avondale Conservatorium Prize for best entry in choral and instrumental music composition. He created an orchestral and choral arrangement of Ben Fielding and Rueben Morgan's contemporary Worship song, Mighty to Save. This arrangement is suitable for Solo or Congregational singing. This arrangement is scored for Flutes, Oboe, Clarinets, Alto Sax, Horn, 3 Trumpets, 2 Trombones, Bass Trombone, Bass Guitar, Percussion (Cymbals, Glock.), Harp, Timpani, Piano, Soloist, Choir, Violins I,II, Violas, Celli and Double Bass.


Hope Channel Prize
  • Sand artist Tiani Page, a first-time filmmaking competition entrant, won the Hope Channel Prize. She submitted an emotional hand created sand art animation with music and script accompaniment. This piece explores the concept of each individual growing towards a moment in their Christian journey where they bloom and dance with God in the choreography written just for them.


Institute of Worship and Psalter Music Prizes
  • Avondale religious studies major Anna Beaden won the Psalter Music Prize, which she shared with fellow songwriter Peter Tonna. Anna's song "Genuine Love" about how God changes us, and Peter's song "Mine", about the real price Jesus paid.


Signs Publishing Company Prize
  • Townsville-based Nicole Sandy won the Signs Publishing Prize for best entry in writing, "Beauty With Scars".



2014


Avondale College of Higher Education Choral and Instrumental Music Prize
  • Teacher Blake Robinson won the Avondale Choral and Instrumental Music Prize for a piece he called “Sky Passage.”


Avondale College of Higher Education Fine Arts Photography Prize
  • Karl Lindsay won the inaugural Avondale College of Higher Education Fine Arts Photography Prize for “God Is Able Shop.”


Hope Channel Prize
  • Nick Lindsay won his second Hope Channel Prize for best entry in the filmmaking competition.


Institute of Worship and Psalter Music Prizes
  • Melbourne-based tertiary student Jayneen Orwa won both the Institute of Worship and Psalter Music Prizes for song composition for songs called “Rain” and “Little Bird.” The qualities of the former included unified lyrics centered around a central image, a singable and easily learned melody, the capacity for presentation in a variety of instrumental styles and a focus on a key theme in Christian, and specifically Seventh-day Adventist faith, theology and mission—the idea of the latter rain and the faith sharing it empowers.


Signs Publishing Company Prize
  • Linda Brooks won the Signs Publishing Prize.


Avondale College of Higher Education Young Achiever Prize
  • Nicole Sandy, Tim Lowe and Dayna Petrie shared the Avondale College of Higher Education Young Achiever Prize.


2013


ADRA Australia Just Art Prize
  • Chelsea Mitchell, an Avondale College of Higher Education arts student, won the new ADRA Australia Just Art Prize for a feature, “Polim,” about a Cambodian woman whom she met at a medical clinic.


Avondale College of Higher Education Choral and Instrumental Music Prize
  • Medical doctor Marcha William won the new Avondale Choral and Instrumental Music Prize for “Song of the Lamb,” which vocal ensemble The Promise performed during the Gabe Reynaud Awards.


Avondale College of Higher Education Fine Arts Prize
  • Artist and designer Shelley Poole won a second consecutive Avondale College of Higher Education Fine Arts Prize for her painting To Catch a Glimpse of the Invisible, the smallest piece in the competition.


Hope Channel Prize
  • Teacher Nathan Dalton won a second consecutive Hope Channel Prize for his film Faith: Loss, the third in a three-part series that includes his winning film from 2012, Love: Loss.


Institute of Worship Prize
  • Marcha William shared the Institute of Worship Prize with teacher Coralie Fraser—the judges could not separate “Here I Am” and “Loved by Adonai.”


Psalter Music Prize
  • Teacher Amy Cherry won the Psalter Music Prize for her song “Your All.”


Signs Publishing Company Prize
  • Public relations coordinator Sharyn Brady won the Signs Publishing Company Prize for her short story “The Last Crusade.”


Avondale College of Higher Education Young Achiever Prize
  • Lawson Hull, an Avondale College of Higher Education arts student, won the Avondale College of Higher Education Young Achiever Prize for his song “Hiding Secrets.”


2012


Avondale College of Higher Education Fine Arts Prize
  • Artist and designer Shelley Poole won the new Avondale College of Higher Education Fine Arts Prize for her painting Formed Out Of The Earth/Birth.


Hope Channel Prize
  • For the first time, two recipients shared a prize: teacher Nathan Dalton and current and former Avondale College of Higher Education students Josh Bolst, Nick Lindsay and Josh Hamilton won the Hope Channel Prize for their films Love: Loss and The Great Controversy.


Institute of Worship Prize
  • Jason Cook and Lisa Holland from Tasmanian-based music ministry Firesong won the new Institute of Worship Prize for their song, “Love Eternally.”


Psalter Music Prize
  • Lucy Richardson and Steele McMahon, both students at Brisbane Adventist College, won the Psalter Music Prize for “Just for the Unjust.”


Signs Publishing Company Prize
  • Avondale College of Higher Education arts student Sara Thompson won the Signs Publishing Company Prize for her poem “The Least.”


Avondale College of Higher Education Young Achiever Prize
  • Anna Beaden, an Avondale College of Higher Education arts and teaching student, won the Avondale College of Higher Education Young Achiever Prize for a song—“He Chose You”—she submitted on the closing day of the competitions.


2011


Hope Channel Award
  • Glendon Harris from Alstonville Seventh-day Adventist Church received the Hope Channel Award recognising excellence in filmmaking for “Her Story: Sarah.” The documentary explores the issue of self-esteem through Sarah Chambers, a young adult from the church who suffers adult onset acne.


Psalter Music Award
  • Ben Milis and Jodie Barnes, members of Avondale College of Higher Education vocal ensemble The Promise, received the Psalter Music Award recognising excellence in song composing for “God Is Here.” The song, in an inspirational style using three-part harmony, reminds the listener of God’s presence at the death of Jesus on the cross and of God’s presence today.


Signs Publishing Company Award
  • Former Signs Publishing Company editorial assistant Scott Wegener received the Signs Publishing Company Award recognising excellence in writing for “Know misunderstandings.” The article uses humorous misunderstandings to challenge the reader about the beliefs with which they identify.


Avondale College of Higher Education Young Achiever Prize
  • Nick Lindsay (filmmaking, “Me syndrome”), Steele McMahon (song composing, “Raw”) and Stephanie Fox (writing, “Darwin and his critics”) each received the Avondale College of Higher Education Young Achiever Prize. Steele even travelled from Queensland to perform during the ceremony. The Year 11 Brisbane Adventist College student and the two other winners each receive $200 and a $500 discount on fees at Avondale.