Art In Butt Out - Design Competition

A design competition for Year 8 students, to raise awareness of the harmful effects of vaping and smoking

2024 Competition information

Art In Butt Out is a competition open to students in Year 8 in ACT schools, whether in public schools, private schools, or home schooled. The competition is conducted by the AMA ACT’s Tobacco Task Force. The Tobacco Task Force is a coalition of community sector organisations, whose objectives are to reduce the uptake of smoking and vaping, by young people particularly, and smoking cessation in the community. The Tobacco Task Force partners are AMA ACT, Canberra ASH, Cancer Council ACT, Heart Foundation, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service and ACT Government. Art In, Butt Out provides an opportunity for young artists and designers to exercise their skills in a real-life situation by devising marketing strategies to positively influence their peers and translate them into a visual advertisement as a poster. Entry to the competition is free and the winner will receive a gift voucher for $250.

Entries are now open for the 2024 Art In, Butt Out competition - entries close 5pm Friday 28 June 2024. Check out the full entry guidelines below.

2024 Art In, Butt Out Poster

2023 Competition Winner

16th annual Art In, Butt Out winner

Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith together with AMA ACT CEO Peter Somerville were delighted to present students with awards at a ceremony for the longrunning Art In, Butt Out competition in October 2023. This year’s winner was Canberra High School Year 8 student, Rose Tong (pictured), whose colourful poster showed three teenage girls chained to a shadowy vape, in a stark warning about the addictiveness of vaping.

Ms Stephen-Smith told the students: “Very worryingly, for the first time in 20 years we have seen an increase in smoking rates amongst young people aged 14- 17 years in Australia. Researchers believe that young people are becoming dependent on nicotine through vaping and are then starting to smoke as well.” Ms Stephen-Smith stressed that vapes should not be considered harmless. “The particles that people vape, and those around them breathe in, are of an ultra-fine size that is difficult to visualise,” she said. Mr Somerville thanked all the competition entrants for the high quality of their work. “This is a powerful competition because the public health messages being created are designed by teenagers, for teenagers,” he said. 
-- Featured in Canberra Doctor

Winner of Art In Butt Out 2023 - Rose Tong



Art In Butt Out is supported by the Tobacco Task Force partners:

AMA ACT, Canberra ASH, Cancer Council ACT, Heart Foundation, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service and the ACT Government.


Logos of the Tobacco Task Force partners are AMA ACT, Canberra ASH, The Cancer Council ACT, the Heart Foundation ACT and Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service.








  • Entry to the competition is free.
  • Entrants must be Year 8 students studying in the ACT.
  • Entrants will design a poster to spread awareness about the harmful effects of vaping and/or smoking.
  • Entries must be the original work of the entrant and must never have been published or self-published in any format, print or electronic, excepting for the purposes of schoolwork or school publications.


  • Entries must be accompanied by a completed official entry form, which has been signed by the entrant and parent/guardian.
  • Entries may be submitted in person, electronically or by mail.
  • Entry forms are available from schools, and on the AMA ACT website or by phoning 02 6270 5410.
  • Only one entry per person is allowed.
  • Entry implies acceptance of all the rules.
  • Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification.
  • All entries must be received by 5pm Friday 28 June 2024, by one of the following methods:
    • Deliver in-person at the AMA ACT Office, Level 1, 39 Brisbane Ave, Barton
    • Mail to AMA ACT, PO Box 560 Curtin ACT 2605
    • Email to


  • Work will be judged on its adherence to the design guidelines, and its ability to be both arts and message based.
  • The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. Judges are unable to comment on individual entries.
  • The judging panel will include members of the AMA ACT’s Tobacco Task Force.

Publishing Rights

  • AMA ACT will retain the winning entry for promotional purposes.
  • Entering the competition grants AMA ACT the right to use the artwork for promotional purposes in future years. This may include, but is not limited to, using the artwork, in future competition promotions, in the “Canberra Doctor” and in the publications of the constituent member of the Tobacco Task Force, to promote the work of the Tobacco Task Force in the community, and in other similar health promotions as considered desirable and appropriate by AMA ACT and the Tobacco Task Force.

Rights granted by the designer

  • Ownership of designs remains the property of the individual designers.
  • The winning artwork will become the copyright responsibility of AMA ACT which will retain the work to use for promotional purposes aligned to the goal of reducing smoking and vaping, or the competition in future years. AMA ACT will acknowledge the designer whenever the artwork is used. 
  • The designers warrant to AMA ACT that the work does not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party.
  • The winner will be required to attest to the accuracy of the information provided on the entry form.
  • The winner and a parent or guardian acknowledges full agreement to all regulations and conditions of the competition as stated in the competition guidelines and conditions of entry.


  • There will be a $250 gift voucher for the winning designer.
  • AMA ACT reserves the right to withhold the prize if there is no outstanding entry worthy of the award.

Designs guidelines

  • Be an original design by a student in Year 8 of secondary schooling in the ACT.
  • Be designed specifically for the Art In Butt Out Competition. (Designs that are created for school assignments in conjunction with this competition are eligible).
  • Communicate a message that raises awareness of the harmful effects of vaping, smoking, and/or nicotine products.
  • Be submitted as hard copy or electronically.
  • Be in English or have an accompanying English translation.
  • Be designed to the following specifications: 
    • Physical submissions: A4 single sided, 210mm wide x 297mm high. May be in any 2D (flat, not sculptural) medium such as oil, acrylic, charcoal, watercolour, ink, mixed media, pencil or pen.
    • Digital submissions: A4, 210mm wide x 297mm high, PDF or JPG, CMYK colour, 300dpi resolution. May be digital drawing/painting.
  • Copyright:
    • All artworks entered by the artist must be new, original uncopied work, and must not infringe the copyright or any other rights of a third party.
    • All works must be made solely by the artist and be the property of the artist.
  • Designs not in accordance with the goal of reducing smoking and vaping, deemed offensive, or infringe copyright of another party will be disqualified.


  • The competition will close at 5pm Friday 28 June 2024.
  • Winner will be announced in September 2024. 


If you have any questions about the competition, submissions, or how to enter, get in touch with the AMA ACT team:


Phone (02) 6270 5410