Spirit of Youth Awards

Sydney, 02 June 2005

Applications have opened for the 2005 Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA).

Part of the Qantas community initiative 'Sharing the Spirit', SOYA was launched in 2004 with the aim of recognising, rewarding and nurturing young Australian creative talent.

Young Australians aged 25 and under are invited to submit entries in seven categories: music, writing, visual arts, film, industrial and object design, photography and fashion design.

Additional awards, in dance and cooking, are also being offered via existing programs with Qantas partners - the Sydney Dance Company and Tourism Training Australia.

A new award will be offered in 2005 - the Qantas Chairman's Community Award, which will recognise the outstanding contribution to one of the five charities associated with Qantas' Sharing the Spirit program - UNICEF, CARE Australia, Starlight, Mission Australia and CanTeen.

Qantas Head of Sales and Marketing, Rob Gurney, said SOYA effectively rewarded winners three times.

SOYA winners receive $5,000 in cash, $5,000 in air travel and most importantly mentoring from leading Australian creative figures such as Peter Morrissey (fashion), Marc Newson (industrial design), Neil Perry (cooking) and Elizabeth Anne McGregor (pictures). Mr Gurney said winners of the inaugural 2004 SOYA winners had used the awards to great affect.

"SOYA winners travelled to locations as diverse as Turkey, Cuba, Indonesia, Stockholm and London looking for inspiration and ideas, but their feedback stated it was the unique opportunity to learn first-hand from our SOYA mentors that really proved beneficial."

The winner of SOYA 2004's industrial design category is currently in Paris working in the design studio of Marc Newson while the winner of the music category has spent time in the recording studio with renowned musician Paul Mac.

"SOYA has provided a major boost for young people wanting to achieve their creative dreams and we look forward to again helping more young Australians develop their talents," Mr Gurney said.

SOYA is open to Australians aged 25 and under, with entries submitted via NOISE, the national youth media arts festival. Entries close on August 31, 2005. To enter, call 1800 080 826, visit or

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3273)