The 2017 Wootha Prize Winners

  • 1st Prize ($2500 and free site at the 2018 Maleny Wood Expo) sponsored by HQPlantations: “Metamorphosis” by Jack Wilms
  • 2nd Prize ($1000) sponsored by Queensland Water and Land Carers: “Gossamer Wings 11” by Jeanette Rein
  • 3rd Prize ($750) sponsored by Timber Transitions: “Navajo Revelation” by Guy Breay
  • Craftsmanship Award ($250) sponsored by Geochempet Services: Jack Wilms
  • Design Excellence Award ($250) sponsored by Geochempet Services: Jeanette Rein
  • Encouragement Award ($250) sponsored by Maleny Art Direct: “Tree of Life” by Gary Field
  • People’s Choice Award ($500) sponsored by HQPlantations: “At the Back Door” by David Harriman

The Environment Award was not given in 2017.

A huge thank you to HQPlantations, Queensland Water and Land Carers (QWALC), Geochempet and Timber Transitions for their ongoing sponsorship; and many thanks to Maleny Art Direct for sponsoring the new Encouragement Award.

Thanks to ongoing commitment from our sponsors, the Wootha Prize is now a prestigious national woodworking event, attracting contemporary designers and innovative craftspeople in the promotion of our beautiful native timbers and sustainable use of our timber resources.

The 2018 Wootha Prize theme is JOINED.



“The Blackall Range was first introduced to the notice of interested pioneers through the prevalence of the “blacks” or aboriginals who camped along the coast at Buderim and Mooloolaba and who paid their seasonal visits to the Range when the Bunya Pine Trees, which clothed the area, were bearing their great crop of nuts, which are so delightful when roasted, and availed of them for food.
By this agency, the early white settlers followed the “blacks” who told them of the “big fellow Wootha” (Cedar trees) which also abounded in the area and who thus became infused with the spirit of adventure.
The Red Cedar grew so abundantly and huge in their dimensions, that timber getters, who are invariably the first to interest themselves in such resources, were the first to be attracted, so became our pioneers.”
Reminiscences of Maleny by Dave Hankinson (1978)