Kids Have Designs On Making A Big NYE Bang!

A ‘Design Your Own Firework’ competition will put 1 lucky child centre stage at the world’s most spectacular fireworks display, when they see their very own firework design light up Sydney Harbour on New Year’s Eve.

The lucky winner of the prize of a lifetime will also get to be part of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) broadcast, pushing the ‘start button’ on the 9pm Family Fireworks display that will feature their unique firework design.

Created by the City of Sydney and ABC3, the Design Your Own Firework competition is open to Aussie children aged 16 years and under. The competition opens for entry on Monday 15 August.

ABC Director of Television, Richard Finlayson, said: “New Year’s Eve is such a special moment in the year and we’re always thrilled to share with millions of viewers around the country through ABC TV.

“It’s particularly wonderful to have the involvement of younger Australians with this terrific competition to create their own ideas for the NYE fireworks. It’s a great opportunity for Aussie chidren to watch, learn, create and celebrate together. We look forward to seeing some spectacular entries, as well as sharing New Year’s Eve with audiences of all ages once again,” Mr Finlayson said.

City of Sydney CEO, Monica Barone, said the competition was a wonderful opportunity for a budding young artist to join a very special night.

“To be part of Australia’s biggest public event that’s watched by millions of people around the world is truly something special. I’m delighted we are able to be part of this unique competition for Australian kids.”

To enter, kids are invited to let their imagination explode and draw a unique firework design. The design demonstrating the most creativity, effort and potential to be reproduced as a fireworks display, will be announced the winner.

The winner will receive a trip to Sydney for a family of four that includes tickets to the Sydney New Year’s Eve official Dawes Point viewing area and the chance to be part of the live ABC NYE broadcast at 9pm.

The winning design will be brought to life by Foti International Fireworks, the company that has delivered Sydney’s spectacular New Year’s Eve displays since 1997. Master pyrotechnician Fortunato Foti says bringing a child’s firework design to life is an exciting challenge.

“It’s not everyday you get to design a new and original fireworks display, and I love seeing what kids’ imaginations come up with,” said Mr Foti.

His advice to would-be firework designers is to look at the sky as a blank canvas.

“Think about your fireworks having different sizes and dimensions to use up the whole of the sky and create layers of effects. We’ve got no shortage of colours too – from bolds to pastels and gold and glitter, we’ve got a big colour palette to choose from.”

How to enter:

  • Put your grand idea down on paper
  • Add colour to your design to bring it to life
  • Upload your entry by the 5pm (AEST) 29 September
  • Check out our easy step-by-step guide and uploade your entry at

Entries open on Monday 15 August and close 5pm (AEST) Monday 29 August. You must be under 16 years of age to enter.

Watch the promo for more inspiration!

Media Release: Australian Broadcasting Corporation