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Competition Information and Rules:

This competition is open to designers and metalsmiths. 

The DESIGN must be original and created within the preceding twelve months by the entrant.

The metalsmithing* may or may not be the work of the entrant, but please obtain permission from the metal smith prior to entering the piece.

Name and contact details of metalsmith must be included.

All entrants must use solid natural Yowah Opal material, which includes opal centred Yowah Nut, Matrix Nut Opal or Opalized Wood and be non-enhanced.

All material must be provided by the entrant.

Designs which have won awards in other competitions prior to July 15th 2017 are not eligible.

A designer may submit no more than 2 entries per category

All materials and stones must be identified.

Any treatment or enhancements on any ACCENT stone must be identified.

All entries are to remain anonymous to the judges until after all judging has been completed.

All entries must be delivered to the Designer Jewellery Competition Committee free of any and all outstanding delivery charges. (postage, freight, insurance etc.).  All return costs are to be paid by the contestants.  All entries will be returned within four weeks of the finish of the Opal Festival.  All entrants are totally responsible for delivery to and from Yowah and all costs involved.

The completed and signed entry form, entry fee and the ACTUAL ENTRY PIECE must be received in Yowah no later than 8.30am on the day before judging  (If you could have it in a week beforehand that would be great, it gives us time to photograph and organise the pieces) International entries please read extra details

All judges decisions are final.

We reserve the right to use photographs of the Prize winners in articles and brochures (with designer credits) used to promote Yowah Opal.  The winning pieces will be on display during the Opal festival and may also be displayed at the Lightning Ridge Opal Expo the following week before being returned.

There will be a Trophy award for First, Second and Third place winner in each category.  There are four categories.  The first three categories are defined by the retail value of the finished piece in Australian dollars. The Fourth Category is defined below.   There is also a People's Choice Award. The categories are as follows:

Category Retail Value Entry Fee
1 $500 & below $10
2 $501 - $1500 $10
3 $1501 - Over $10
4 (please see additional info below) Object d'Art $10

International entries welcome.   International entrants must cover all costs for delivery and insurance and any duties or taxes to and from Yowah.  Please read extra details if you have not already done so.

4th Category Rules
Must have Yowah extended field (Koroit, Blackgate etc) opal in item
Must be designed and made by entrant
Entry can be anything i.e.; jewellery, knife, quilt, picture vase etc
No price category
Entry can be wire wrapping, PMC. Polymer clay, wood, leather, cord/string, beads, fabric, ceramics
Entry will be judged on design and workmanship

* Metalsmithing (not wire wrap)

ENTRY FORM (PDF format) - Click on the entry form link.    Please print out the  form and fill in.

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