REDLAND students under the age of 12 have the chance of winning $1000 entering this year's Cicada Awards.
It will be the first year the category for youngsters has been run and the $1000 cash prize for that section will be sponsored by cinematographer David Hannan.
The competition, in its third year, is also open to students aged up to 17 years who want to make a short film with an environmental theme relevant to South East Queensland.
Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch’s award-winning short film competition captured the eye and heart of the renowned oceanic cinematographer and founder of Ocean Ark Alliance.
Mr Hannan, a judge on the panel last year, said it was difficult to choose winners because of the high quality of films and messages and the age differences.
Which is why he decided to help with the introduction of the under 12 section to make a more level playing field for younger kids.
The $1000 prize money for the under 12 section will added to the $1700 prize donated by Wildlife Bayside for the senior section.
Mr Hannan said he offered the prize money because the Cicada Awards align with the aims of Ocean Ark Alliance - supporting, sponsoring and promoting marine conservation and education.
Bayside Branch president Steve Homewood said he was delighted to have Mr Hannan's support and sponsorship.
Both agreed the Cicada Awards would continue to encourage entries on diverse topics and the criteria remained the same.
Judges will be looking for little films with big hearts and the best overall conservation message.
Entries close on Thursday, October 15 and students are encouraged to use their holidays to get their films produced.
“Two 10 year olds used an iPhone during their holidays to take out the first prize of $1000 last year so there’s still time to make your film and to have your voice heard,” Mr Homewood said.