Keep the fire burning!

Share your Blak, Loud and Proud moments

We’re celebrating NAIDOC Week all month, and want to keep the fire burning by amplifying the voices of Blak women this July. Rewarding creativity and connection is important to us, and so we have a $500 prize to give away.

Capture the moments that make you feel Blak, Loud and Proud, the moments you feel most deadly, and share them with us via the submission portal.

By sharing our stories, our moments of pride and our sparks of joy we grow stronger, together, like embers.

We’ll be accepting submissions throughout July across three categories:

  • Visual Arts (drawings, paintings, photography)
  • Multimedia (video, audio)
  • Writing (poetry, short stories)

Submission Guidelines

  • Open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are members of Ember Connect living in Australia – membership is free, sign up here.
  • Submissions should demonstrate/depict the entrant’s interpretation of the theme “Blak, Loud & Proud”
  • Submissions must be made via the online portal, accessible here.
  • Submissions close 5pm WST on Wednesday 31 July, 2024
  • Word limit for written submissions: maximum 1000 words.
  • Video/audio length: maximum 5 minutes
  • Acceptable formats: .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png, .mp4, .mp3
  • Submissions must be original and created by the entrant.

Judging Criteria

The Judging Panel will comprise of Ember Connect Board, staff and members. Judging criteria will be based on:

  • Relevance to the NAIDOC Week 2024 theme;
  • Creativity and originality;
  • Quality and presentation; and
  • Personal reflection and storytelling.


One prize of a $500 voucher will be awarded to the entrant chosen by the Judging Panel. The Judging Panel’s decision is final.

Terms & Conditions

  • Limited to one entry, per category per person.
  • Entrants must have turned 18 years old on or before 1 July, 2024
  • Entrants must be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander women, and must be members of Ember Connect (membership is free).
  • All content received by Ember Connect remains the property of the entrant.
  • Ember Connect reserves the right to share content submitted as part of this promotion with its membership and stakeholders via Ember Connect Live,, social media and email.
  • Entrants retain responsibility for ensuring anyone involved with, or featured in, your entry is aware of these terms and conditions and able to consent.
  • Winners will be notified by email on or before Friday 9 August 2024 and provided details of prize collection at this time.
  • Winning entries may be promoted on Ember Connect Live, at, via social media and via traditional media.
  • Staff employed or contracted by Ember Connect, and their immediate family, are ineligible for a prize. However, they are still welcome to submit an entry.
  • Submissions deemed offensive by the Judging Panel will not be accepted.

Ember Connect wishes to acknowledge the many Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and we honour their deep continuing connection to land, sky, waterways and community.

We pay our respects to our Elders past, present and emerging who illuminate our journey to truth-telling, culture and conservation, which remains stronger than ever.