The Graffiti Action Challenge has been specially designed to align with the school curriculum for Years 7, 8 and 9 and is free to enter. If you are interested in participating, all you need to do is decide where the competition will fit into the curriculum, discuss it with your students, then register. Students can also enter the challenge under the supervision of an adult such as a parent or other leader. This can be as an individual participant with a team (with a maximum of 3 team members).
What participants need to do
Students create and design practical solutions to assist in limiting graffiti and raising awareness of the important role that every person, including themselves, can play as a citizen in reducing crime and in particular graffiti vandalism.
Individual or team entry
Student participants are able to work together in groups, or individually to generate ideas, plans and processes as they interact with their local police, council officers and community groups (if they wish) to build their understanding of the responsibility of citizens to help prevent or reduce graffiti vandalism.
- Registrations open in June 2019.
- Entries open in Term 3: from 22 July 2019.
- Entries will be accepted no later than the 18th October 2019.
- Entries must be the students’ own work.
- Winners will be chosen based on the judging criteria outlined here.
Competition entries can be uploaded in several formats as detailed in the “Entry types accepted” below. Maximum individual file size is 2 MB for uploading. If file size is larger, please save onto a USB (clearly labelled with your details) and mail to: Graffiti Team, Police Headquarters, 2 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth WA 6004. If your entry is in a format that cannot be mailed, please contact us. No alternative methods of entry will be accepted unless by prior arrangement.
The following aims support curriculum requirements:
- Raise awareness of the important role that every person, including themselves, can play as a citizen in reducing crime.
- Educate young people on good citizenship as part of their social and civic responsibility.
- Provide opportunities for students to identify how they can play a positive role in protecting society, being aware of the role of Crime Stoppers and WA Police in this process.
The Graffiti Action Challenge is designed to help young people to:
- Increase their overall understanding of graffiti vandalism, its impact and consequences.
- Avoid committing graffiti vandalism.
- Investigate the processes involved in solving crime, including the role of Crime Stoppers,
the police and the community.
- Formulate practical solutions to assist in preventing and reducing graffiti.
- Develop Skills The competition involves the development of higher-order thinking skills such as problem solving and critical thinking capabilities to ensure that our youth are able to play a positive part in the community. The competition promotes student enquiry into topical issues that affect the community and society as a whole.
- Win Prizes Student and school prizes are awarded the winning entry.
- Participation Acknowledgment The efforts of every student who enters the competition will be acknowledged with an official 2019 Crime Stoppers WA/WA Police participation certificate.
- Teacher Acknowledgment All teachers who participate will receive a certificate of commendation.
The winning student or group will win the following prizes, worth up to $2000 for the winning team:
- The participant/s of the winning entry will win a $600 cash prize provided by Crime Stoppers WA. If the winning entry is part of a group, the cash prize will be divided equally amongst participants.
- The winning school or organisation will receive a design development workshop in November 2019 with well known artist and biodiversity educator Angela Rossen. She will work with the students to create a series of designs based on nature and then paint a stunning frieze on a wall or section of walkway with permission from the school or asset owner. Students will be delighted to see their designs up in lights.
- A select number of runner-up entries will receive reusable Goodbye Graffiti waterbottles for participants. If the runner-up is a school entry, Teachers will receive a hard copy educational resource that can be used for many years to come.
How to enter
After completing your registration and evaluation questions:
Part 1 (all entrants must complete)
Investigate and collect information about graffiti vandalism and its impacts, taking into account the points of view of the main affected groups such as victims, offenders, local communities, businesses, local government councils, police etc. Analyse the information you have found and summarise the key points in your competition entry, especially any innovative solutions that have been implemented elsewhere. This should assist you to decide your competition strategy.
Make sure you reference the sources of information you are using.
Part 2 (entrants to pick either Option A, B or C)
- Option A – Develop a plan for action that you as an individual or group (up to 3 members) or class or school could take to increase awareness of graffiti consequences at your school or organisation’s location, and propose ways to prevent and reduce future graffiti vandalism in that location.
- Option B – Develop a plan for innovative action that members of your local community could take to:
- report graffiti vandalism;
- encourage greater deterrence; and
- facilitate rapid removal of graffiti with the aim of increasing community engagement and a sense of better local security and safety.
- Option C – Identify a graffiti hotspot at a public space in your community (such as your school, if you wish) and create a concept that transforms the site by incorporating an urban art design that promotes personal and community safety. Your concept should present the community space as a place that creates a greater sense of community belonging and pride.
Entry types accepted
Develop a presentation of your proposed solution in your preferred medium/s, which can be in the form of a poster, movie, podcast, story, poem, blog, PowerPoint, advertisement, newspaper article, interactive learning object or any other form of multimedia presentation. Ensure you address the requirements of Part 1 within your submission, which may involve a separate document.