2018 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for NSW and NT Secondary School Students
The aim of this essay contest is to encourage and develop a better understanding of Japan, and Australia-Japan relations, amongst secondary school students in New South Wales and the Northern Territory.
Senior Division – 1300-1600 words
Japan and Australia have long histories of scientific research and development. Discuss some of the greatest innovations that have originated in Japan and Australia and how the two countries can work together to promote even greater scientific research and development in the future.
Junior Division – 700-1000 words
Australian and Japanese culture (art, business, etiquette, fashion, social customs, sport etc.) differ in many ways. What aspect of Australian culture do you think should be more widely recognised and how would you promote a better understanding of it in Japan? What aspect of Japanese culture do you think should be more widely recognised and how would you promote a better understanding of it in Australia?
The first place winner in the Senior Division will receive a return economy class air ticket* to Japan, courtesy of Japan Airlines. In addition, the first place winner will be provided with a 7-day Japan Rail Pass (Ordinary Class) and 3 nights accommodation at Shiba Park Hotel in Tokyo (conditions apply, subject to availability), courtesy of JTB Australia Pty Ltd.
The first place winner in the Junior Division will receive $300 worth of books of the winner's own choice**.
Special Northern Territory Prizes***
The first place winner in the Senior Division for the Northern Territory will receive $100 worth of books of the winner’s own choice, courtesy of Books Kinokuniya.
“Outstanding Essays” in both divisions will receive $50 worth of goods, courtesy of Tokyo Mart.
There will be prizes awarded in both divisions for “Highly Commended Essays”.
Each prize winner will also be awarded a certificate and plaque.
The School of the Year award will be given to the school with the highest percentage of top quality essays, as deemed by the judges. The school will receive $400 worth of books**.
Please note that no correspondence will be entered into in relation to the prize conditions. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable.
*The definition of ‘return economy class air ticket’ is an international flight between Sydney and Tokyo (Narita) only, including fuel surcharges. Ticket must be issued by 31st March 2019 and travel must be completed before 30th June 2019 or within 3 months from date of issue. Booking conditions apply, subject to availability. The cost of airport taxes and domestic airfares is the responsibility of the prize winner. Prizes and prize conditions are not negotiable, transferable, exchangeable or redeemable for other prizes. Previous first prize winners are ineligible to win the first prize in the same division, in the following year.
**Arranged with the cooperation of Books Kinokuniya.
***In the case of insufficient entries, the prize may not be awarded.
NOTE: All entries must have a completed entry cover sheet attached.
Please feel free to print out or forward the contest flyer.
Deadline: Wednesday 22 August 2018