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Applications for the 2017 Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize are now closed. 

The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize (ASJWP) is an annual water science competition for high school students focusing on projects aimed at improving the quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resources management, water protection and water and wastewater treatment. This award aims to increase interest in water-related issues and research, and to raise awareness and knowledge of global water challenges.



The competition is open to all Australian high school students between the ages of 15-20. Individuals and groups of up to three students are eligible to enter.

Important dates

 20 March 2017  2017 ASJWP entries close 
(after entries close, students will be allocated a time for their presentation the following week)
27-31 March 2017
 Presentation via video conference (10 minute presentation to the judges on your submitted project)
 10 April 2017  Winner notified
 17 May 2017  Winner presented with award at Ozwater’17 in Sydney
 27 - 31 August 2017  SJWP Ceremony held during World Water Week in Stockholm


Students are invited to undertake a water-related research project focusing on solving community water problems. The scope of the project may be on a local, regional, national or

PULL OUT - ASJWPglobal topic but must have the potential to improve quality of life and/or the environment. All projects must use a research-oriented approach, which means that they must use scientifically accepted methodologies for experimentation, monitoring and reporting results, including statistical analyses. 

Students are then required to submit an extended abstract or full paper, and provide a ten minute presentation of their project to the judging panel via video conference.


Projects in the National ASJWP and the Internationals Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) are judged according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance
  • Creative Ability
  • Methodology
  • Subject Knowledge
  • Practical Skills
  • Report and Presentation


A judging panel to assess nominations for the ASJWP is established by Australian Water Association and consists of between six and nine members of the water industry.


  • Finalists receive an awards certificate.
  • National winner receives a glass trophy, a return flight to Stockholm and accommodation to participate in a one week cultural exchange program and to represent Australia in the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize. If the national winner is a group of students, one representative receives flights and accommodation, other group members may go to Stockholm at their own expense.
  • The winner of the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize receives US$15,000 and a crystal sculpture. The winner’s school recieves US$5,000.
All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation. 

Awarded at the Ozwater'17 Gala Dinner

The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize was awarded at the Australian Water Association’s leading international conference, Ozwater’17, in May 2017, Sydney.

The winner of the ASJWP will now compete internationally in Stockholm at the SJWP. 

Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize Winner

2017 Winner: Macinley Butson, The Illawarra Grammar School, New South Wales

Macinley’s project involved the design and testing of a simple and affordable mechanical device to help solve the problems of clean water and power for people in developing communities. The Solar System, which produces solar energy, provides a supply of clean potable water for personal use as well as a sterile water supply for medical use. Macinley’s invention has the potential to help many people around the world as it can increase green energy power generation by over 70% per day and supply clean water daily.

The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize was awarded at Ozwater’17 in Sydney. Watch the video below and hear what Macinley said about winning the award:

Previous Winners

Click here to see a list of all previous winners.

Submitting your Nomination

Submissions must include the following information and be submitted to

  • A completed ASJWP nomination form   
  • Project (extended abstract or full paper) in PDF or Word format
  • Biography (minimum 180 words, maximum 250 words)
  • Photo