2021 Student Diary Cover Artwork Competition - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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2021 Student Diary Cover Artwork Competition

This year's competition has now closed.
View the winning design entry 'We Can Change the World' by Danielle Ramsay and read about what inspired her to create her artwork.

Have your artwork displayed on the cover of the 2021 student diary

This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your artistic talent, build your portfolio, and show your USC pride by entering the 2021 Student Diary Cover Artwork Competition. Entries close midnight 12 July!

Competition overview

USC is looking for a professional design, photo or illustration that reflects the spirit of success, diversity, and inclusion at USC.

This year's Student Diary Artwork Cover theme is: 'Together we rise'.

Follow the required specifications for your artwork in the T&Cs, and include:

  • your full name
  • student ID
  • the program you are studying, and;
  • a title and a brief statement (of no more than 500 words) in relation to how the Design Entry represents the Theme.​
How to enter

Visit the 2021 Student Diary Cover Artwork Competition T&Cs for full details.

2020 winner - 'Let's Be Human Together' by Lauren Siodmak
Let's be human together

Need some inspiration?

Meet last year's winner Lauren Siodmak, the artist of 'Let's Be Human together'. Find out what inspired her to create her winning artwork entry.

About Lauren

In 2020 Lauren was a third-year Bachelor of Design student majoring in Graphic Design and Animation.

Her artwork was inspired by one of her first-year tutors, Phyllis Araneo, her spirit and art.

On a day-to-day basis, Lauren is inspired by other creative minds, usually on Behance or Dribbble, online communities where designers and artists can share their work and gain inspiration. In her daily activities, for example being outside, she often finds being surrounded by nature is where she is her happiest.

About Lauren's artwork

‘My general approach was probably intuitive for this piece. The theme last year was “together we all belong”, and to me, that means just being human together. No matter who you are, how you dress, or how you like to boogie, I like to boogie too. So, let’s just all be human together.

'Let's Be Human Together' came from a very personal place from recent experiences. I had just arrived back from an interesting trip overseas and decided to soak up what was left of the mid-year holidays drawing and listening to music. I had just experienced a bit of a sensory overload of culture and colour in Laos.

I’m sure I share this with the majority of the population in saying there is something about music that just loosens you up. I wanted to be able to convey that feeling without needing to say much.

Having just experienced some culture shock, the one thing that was vibrantly clear was there is something about rhythm and dance that seems to bring us all closer to each other – even if you’re no good.

I was standing at the night markets in Laos and there was a group of kids just dancing in the street to this upbeat, fun drum beat. It was infectious, I joined in. We didn’t speak the same language, but we shared a connection and at that moment we all just belonged.

I drew from that exact experience and while I only had a short trip, I felt a connection to it long after, and still now.

When I step back and look at the piece, the words and feelings that come to mind are happiness, freedom, alive, fun, and excitement. To me it is an exciting piece to look at, as your eyes move around, you are either looking at the feet or the loose arms, the hair that just doesn't care. It’s a fun journey to go on, and one I hope a lot of people will relate to.

What was important was that even if you were to take the words away, the loose lines and vibrant colours all convey the same message ... together, we all belong.'