Reef Champion Awards

The Reef Champion Awards are a celebration of the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations working to improve the quality of water entering the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

The Awards are managed by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation with support from the Australian and Queensland governments to recognise the dedicated land managers, Traditional Owners, extension officers, industries and members of the community excelling in their efforts to help safeguard the future of the Reef.

The Reef Champion Awards are proudly supported by the Australian and Queensland governments and the Prince’s Trust Australia.

Entries for the 2022 Reef Champion Awards are open from 6 June and close on 12 July.

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  • The Prince of Wales Environment Leadership - Reef Sustainability Award

    His Royal Highness has expressed a personal interest in the sustainability of the Great Barrier Reef for future generations.  The award is presented by his local charity the Prince’s Trust Australia which is extensively involved with work in sustainable development. The award seeks to inspire the farming community to adopt best practice approaches to the pressing environmental challenge of water pollution impacting on the Great Barrier Reef.

    The winner of the award will be chosen based on the strength of their application. The judging panel will consider: the quality of results and environmental outcomes associated with the project; the strength of partnerships and the degree they were used as a tool to solve the issue; degree of project innovation, uniqueness, and ground-breaking action; and importance of project goals in broader sustainable land management efforts.

    Prince’s Trust Australia is building on their collaboration with QFF in 2022 by establishing a grant to the Award winner to:

    • Participate in a video featuring the winner and their journey.
    • Facilitate an onsite community/industry farm event to showcase related environmentally responsible farming practices, and
    • Attend an agricultural, environmental, or sustainability-related industry conference or event for the purposes of professional development.

    Judging Criteria

    Describe the nominee’s combined efforts and achievements in sustainable natural resource management, how they have increased awareness and participation, how their work has the potential to be scaled up and how they have collaborated/partnered to generate collective impact.

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  • Reef Sediment Champion Award

    The Reef Sediment Champion Award recognises the exemplary efforts of an individual or farming enterprise to improve their farming practices and reduce sediment erosion.

    The Reef Champion Awards, an initiative of QFF with support from the Australian and Queensland governments, recognise and celebrate the achievements and efforts of outstanding individuals and organisations who have taken action to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef. Entrants in all categories (except the Prince of Wales, Community and Youth Awards) must have participated in an Australian Government or Queensland Government funded program in the last five years.

    Judging Criteria

    1. Tell us how changes to the nominee’s farming practices have reduced sediment loss and improved water quality. Please include details of activities including innovative or best management practices and how they to intend to carry on with these practices. (300 words).
    2. How have these changes benefited the nominee personally (e.g. cost savings, improved productivity, more free time, increased profits, better land condition, quality of life)? Please provide examples. (300 words).
    3. How has the nominee shared their learnings and experiences with other groups, extension officers and landholders in their area? Include things like participation at field days, workshops etc. (300 words)

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  • Reef Youth Champion Award

    The Reef Youth Champion Award recognises the exemplary effort of schools, organisations or members of the community, aged 25 and under, to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef.

    The Reef Champion Awards, an initiative of QFF with support from the Australian and Queensland governments, recognise and celebrate the achievements and efforts of outstanding individuals and organisations who have taken action to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef.

    Judging Criteria

    1. Tell us how the nominee has had a significant impact on improving the quality of water that flows to the Great Barrier Reef. Please include details of activities and how they intend to carry on with these activities. (300 words).
    2. How has the nominee shared their learnings and experiences with others? What is one of the key things the nominee has learnt through this process? (300 words).

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  • Reef Community Champion Award

    The Reef Community Champion Award recognises the exemplary effort of councils or community groups to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef.

    The Reef Champion Awards, an initiative of QFF with support from the Australian and Queensland governments, recognise and celebrate the achievements and efforts of outstanding individuals and organisations who have taken action to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef.

    Judging Criteria

    Tell us how the nominee has had a significant impact on improving the quality of water that flows to the Great Barrier Reef. (300 words).

    How has the nominee shared their learnings and experiences with others? What is one of the key things the nominee has learnt through this process? (300 words)

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  • Reef Conservation Champion Award

    The Reef Conservation Champion Award recognises the exemplary efforts of an individual or farming enterprise in rehabilitation and or restoration projects to improve the environment and quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef.

    The Reef Champion Awards, an initiative of QFF with support from the Australian and Queensland governments, recognise and celebrate the achievements and efforts of outstanding individuals and organisations who have taken action to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef. Entrants in all categories (except the Prince of Wales, Community and Youth Awards) must have participated in an Australian Government or Queensland Government program in the last five years.

    Judging Criteria

    1. Tell us how the nominee has implemented rehabilitation and or restoration projects to improve the environment and quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef. Please include details of activities including any innovative methods used and how they intend to maintain the rehabilitated/restored land into the future. (300 words).
    2. How have these changes benefited the nominee personally (e.g. cost savings, improved productivity, more free time, increased profits, better land condition or biodiversity, quality of life)? Please provide examples. (300 words).
    3. How has the nominee shared their learnings and experiences with other groups, extension officers and landholders in their area? Include things like participation at field days, workshops etc. (300 words).

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  • Reef Extension Officer Champion Award

    The Reef Extension Officer Champion Award recognises the exemplary efforts of an extension officer in working with landholder/s to improve their farming practices and reduce run-off entering the Great Barrier Reef.

    The Reef Champion Awards, an initiative of QFF with support from the Australian and Queensland governments, recognise and celebrate the achievements and efforts of outstanding individuals and organisations who have taken action to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef. Entrants in all categories (except the Prince of Wales, Community and Youth Awards) must have participated in an Australian Government or Queensland Government funded program in the last five years.

    Judging Criteria

    1. Tell us how the nominee’s partnership with a landholder has had a significant impact on improving the quality of water that flows to the Great Barrier Reef. (300 words).
    2. How has the nominee shared their learnings and experiences with other extension officers in their region and other organisations? What is one of the key things they have learnt through this process? (300 words)

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  • Reef Nutrient Champion Award

    The Reef Nutrient Champion Award recognises the exemplary efforts of an individual or farming enterprise to improve their farming practices and reduce nutrient run-off.

    The Reef Champion Awards, an initiative of QFF with support from the Australian and Queensland governments, recognise and celebrate the achievements and efforts of outstanding individuals and organisations who have taken action to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef. Entrants in all categories (except the Prince of Wales, Community and Youth Awards) must have participated in an Australian Government or Queensland Government funded program in the last five years.

    Judging Criteria

    1. Tell us how changes to the nominee’s farming practices have reduced nutrient run-off and improved water quality. Please include details of activities including innovative or best management practices and how they intend to carry on with these practices. (300 words).
    2. How have these changes benefited the nominee personally (e.g. cost savings, improved productivity, more free time, increased profits, better land condition or soil health, quality of life)? Please provide examples. (300 words).
    3. How has the nominee shared their learnings and experience with other groups, extension officers and landholders in their area? Include things like participation at field days, workshops etc. (300 words).

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  • The Reef Pesticide Champion Award

    The Reef Pesticide Champion Award recognises the exemplary efforts of an individual or farming enterprise to improve their farming practices and reduce pesticide run-off.

    The Reef Champion Awards, an initiative of QFF with support from the Australian and Queensland governments, recognise and celebrate the achievements and efforts of outstanding individuals and organisations who have taken action to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef. Entrants in all categories (except the Prince of Wales, Community and Youth Awards) must have participated in an Australian Government or Queensland Government funded program in the last five years.

    Judging Criteria

    1. Tell us how changes to the nominee’s farming practices have reduced pesticide run-off and improved water quality. Please include details of activities including innovative or best management practices and how they intend to carry on with these practices. (300 words).
    2. How have these changes benefited the nominee personally (e.g. cost savings, improved productivity, more free time, increased profits, better land condition, quality of life)? Please provide examples. (300 words).
    3. How has the nominee shared their learnings and experiences with other groups, extension officers and landholders in their area? Include things like participation at field days, workshops etc. (300 words).

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  • *NEW* Reef Traditional Owner Youth Champion Award

    The Reef Traditional Owner Youth Champion Award recognises the exemplary effort of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, aged 25 and under, that works through a school, organisation or Traditional Owner group to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef.

    The Reef Champion Awards, an initiative of QFF with support from the Australian and Queensland governments, recognise and celebrate the achievements and efforts of outstanding individuals and organisations who have taken action to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef.

    Judging Criteria

    1. Please let us know the connection the nominee has to Country through their Traditional Owner group
    2. Tell us how the nominee has had a significant impact on healthy water that flows to the Great Barrier Reef. Please include details of activities and how they intend to carry on with these activities. (300 words).
    3. How has the nominee shared their learnings and experiences with others? What is one of the key things the nominee has learnt through this process? (300 words).

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  • *NEW* Reef Traditional Owner Group Champion Award

    The Reef Traditional Owner Group Champion Award recognises the exemplary effort of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander group that works through an organsation or Traditional Owner group to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef.

    Judging Criteria

    1. Please let us know the connection the nominee has to Country through their Traditional Owner group
    2. Tell us how the nominee has had a significant impact on healthy water that flows to the Great Barrier Reef. Please include details of activities and how they intend to carry on with these activities. (300 words).
    3. How has the nominee shared their learnings and experiences with others? What is one of the key things the nominee has learnt through this process? (300 words).

    Form