Thanks to ongoing commitment from our sponsors, the Sunshine Coast 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.

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Barung Landcare invites you to participate in the 12th Wootha Prize competition to be exhibited at the Maleny Wood Expo From Seed to Fine Furniture from 4th to 6th May 2019.

With ongoing commitment from sponsors, the Wootha Prize is becoming a truly prestigious national woodworking competition, attracting contemporary designers and innovative craftspeople in the promotion of our beautiful native timbers and sustainable use of our timber resources.

The Wootha Prize forms the feature exhibition at the Wood Expo which will run for the 23rd year in 2019 attracting thousands of visitors to the area.

 Tiny Treasures - New Category for 2019!

The 2019 Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize introduces a new, exciting category: “Tiny Treasures”, celebrating works of smaller dimensions. Tiny Treasures will acknowledge work small in scale but big on design and craftsmanship - beautifully designed and exquisitely crafted. The winner of this class will be awarded $2,500.

Barung, by offering this category, hopes to encourage artisans working on small scale pieces, from all parts of Australia and beyond to enter this lucrative competition. Tiny Treasures finalists are also eligible for the $10,000 first prize.
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The Competition

The Wootha Prize offers wood artisans working in sustainably harvested Australian timbers from native forests or plantations, recycled or weed timbers, the opportunity to showcase their work to the broad Maleny Wood Expo audience.

Entries may be contemporary to traditional in design, and may be functional or sculptural.

Exhibition pieces may be offered for sale at the exhibition, with any sales at the Expo attracting a 20% commission.

Any work sold at the Expo must remain on display for the duration of the event.

All works will be labeled during the exhibition with:
• the artist’s name, title of piece, timber species, other materials used, and sale price.
• the artist’s contact details
• a brief artist’s statement.

Judging will take place on the afternoon of Friday 3rd May 2019.

Winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on the evening of Friday 3rd May, and publicised in national woodworking magazines and other media.

The 2019 First Place winner will be invited to be a member of the judging panel for the 2020 Wootha Prize.


“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)