Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize


‘Wootha’ is a local Kabi Kabi / Gubbi Gubbi name for Red Cedar, a beautiful tree that grew in the subtropical rainforests which once dominated Maleny, the Blackall Ranges and much of the East Coast of Australia.

Early European settlers and timber getters who prized the Red Cedar above other species and cleared land for agriculture, were unfortunately responsible for significantly diminishing the distribution of this species. But small remaining remnants of rainforest along with the work of caring community members and Landcare groups such as Barung Landcare, has seen this beautiful timber tree and rainforest species make a comeback to the region and other areas of Eastern Australia. 

Today, Red Cedar is grown and harvested in much slower and more sustainable ways.

Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize 2023

Proudly sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council and hosted by Barung Landcare, the Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize is the feature exhibition at the Maleny Wood Expo.

The competition showcases beautiful and sustainably crafted pieces from wood artisans and furniture makers from all over Australia. This year, entrants are invited to explore the theme ‘Dovetails’.

Entries for the Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize are currently open, and close Midnight March 17, 2023.


About the competition

The Sunshine Coast 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 Maleny Wood 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 28th of April 2023.
Winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on the evening of Friday 28th April, and publicised in local and national media.
The 2023 First Place winner will be invited to be a member of the judging panel for the 2024 Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize.

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Prize Categories

Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize $10,000

The overall first prize for the Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize is selected from any of the below three categories, and is awarded a cash prize of $10,000. This prize is sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council.


The Furniture category rejoices in all aspects of furniture making, traditional and contemporary, design, artistry and innovation.

Prize $2,500


The Sculpture category will highlight carving to its fullest extent from the delicate to the robust, abstract to representational.

Prize $2,500

Tiny Treasures

The 'Tiny Treasures' celebrates works of smaller dimensions. It acknowledges work small in scale, but big on design and exquisite craftspersonship.

Prize $2,500

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Peoples Choice $500

The Peoples Choice is awarded to any entrant in any of the above three categories. The Peoples Choice Award is sponsored by Queensland Country Bank.

Enter now

Entries for the Wootha Prize close midnight, March 17 2023.