crcCARE High School Essay Competition

The crcCARE High School Essay Competition aims to inspire young students to recognise the importance of a clean environment to our wellbeing and to understand how easily human activities can jeopardise environmental sustainability. crcCARE performs scientific research to help stop or clean up contamination of our soil, water and air. Your essay can help!

Who can enter and what can you win?

Entries are open to Australian school students in Years 7 to 12. The two best essays (one for each topic), judged on its writing quality, interest, newsworthiness, and scientific accuracy, will receive a cash prize and a trip to Adelaide for the CleanUp 2024 conference gala dinner on Tuesday 17 September 2024 (prize winners must be accompanied to the gala dinner by a parent/legal guardian, at their parent/guardian’s own expense).

The deadline for entries is Wednesday, 31 July 2024.

How do I enter?

To enter, download the entry form and write an essay of 500 to 1000 words from either of two categories (you are welcome to submit entries in both categories):

  • The Dr Roneal Naidu Award - How can innovative technologies help clean up emerging contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals and micro-nano plastics, to protect human health and the environment? ($1000 prize)

  • The crcCARE Award - How can packaging be redesigned to facilitate a circular economy, and can Indigenous knowledge help guide modern environmental practices? ($500 prize).

Participants may submit one (1) entry only.

Entries (comprising the completed entry form and the essay) should be emailed to Cintya Dharmayanti at by close of business Wednesday, 31 July 2024.

Please read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Statement before you enter.

2022 Winners

The Dr Roneal Naidu award for writing on chemical contamination and its effect on food quality and human health, which has been sponsored by Prof. Naidu since its inception in 2017, was awarded to Taya Crommelin, aged 16, from Wesley College in Melbourne, VIC.

The crcCARE award for writing that seeks to answer the question of “How can we ensure a clean and safe environment for future generations?” was awarded to Jordan Markis, aged 12, from Wesley College in Melbourne, VIC.