There will be three levels of prize awards in each exhibit category - Gold, Silver and Bronze.

The number of prizes awarded at each level will be determined by the standard of entries.  We anticipate that at least 25% of exhibitis will be awarded prizes. Generally, if there are fewer entries in one category than another there will be fewer prizes awarded. If the standard for Gold awards is not reached there is no obligation for the judges to award any in a particular category.

Teams that win prizes will split the prize money between them.

Award Gold Silver Bronze
Year 7 Science (Team) $80 $70 $60
Year 7 Science (Individual) $80 $70 $60
Year 8 Science (Team) $80 $70 $60
Year 8 Science (Individual) $80 $70 $60
Years 9 & 10 Science (Team) $90 $80 $70
Years 9 & 10 Science (Individual) $90 $80 $70
Years 11, 12 & 13 Science (Team) $100 $90 $80
Years 11, 12 & 13 Science (Individual) $100 $90 $80
Technology Open $100 $90 $80
 Years 11, 12 & 13 Photography (Individual)                                                                  $40                 $30                  $20
Award 1st 2nd 3rd
Best in Fair $300  $200 $100

1st prize in Fair also receives the S.R.Bennett Trophy

Best exhibit by an individual will be awarded the Bob Anderson Memorial Trophy.

Special Awards

Environment Canterbury Resource Management School Awards.  There are two age classes, Years 7 & 8 and Years 9 - 13, each with prizes for
            1st $400, 2nd $150 and 3rd $80.  The first prize winner in each age group is also presented with $500 for his/her school. 
            Senior students [Years 12 and 13] are also offered work experience.

University of Canterbury College of Science Emerging Scientist Awards - 3 prizes of $250 each.

University of Otago Hands-on Science Award - all expenses paid to attend this summer school in Dunedin. 

AusIMM Book Award

Baking Industry Research Trust Awards

Statistics NZ Awards

The New Zealand Society of Soil Science Book Award

The Chief Judge has the right to nominate students that have reached a very high standard to enter for the Realise the Dream Competition. More information about this is on the website

All prizes are subject to renewal of sponsorships each year