ABC ME and the City of Sydney are inviting Australian children for the third year in a row to get creative and enter the Design Your Own Firework competition for this year’s New Year’s Eve in Sydney!

One lucky child will see their design come to life over Sydney Harbour during the spectacular 9pm family fireworks display, which is watched by millions of people around Australia. The lucky winner will also get to be a part of the New Year’s Eve broadcast and push the ‘Start Button’ on the fireworks display.

The Design Your Own Firework competition is open to Aussie children aged 16 years and under. ABC ME’s Behind The News (BTN) officially opened the competition this morning during their 10am broadcast. To launch this competition, BTN investigated how fireworks are created, with a special interview with the mastermind behind the Sydney New Year’s Fireworks, Fortunato Foti.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said it was a unique opportunity for a budding young artist to be part of Sydney’s world renowned New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Last year’s winner Georgia Field from Perth got to watch her ‘Aussie Spirit’ design be brought to life based on her green and gold umbrella design.

To enter, kids are invited to put their imaginations to the test and draw a unique firework design. The design demonstrating the most creativity, effort and potential to be reproduced as a firework within the display, will be announced as the winner.

ABC ME’s News to Me program will announce the winner on Sunday 17 September 2017.

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.

How to enter:

  • Put your grand idea down on paper
  • Add colour to your design to bring it to life
  • Upload your entry by 5pm (AEST) Monday 21 August
  • Check out our easy step-by-step guide and upload your entry at

Entries open today, Tuesday 25 July 2017 and close 5pm (AEST) Monday 21 August 2017. You must be under 16 years of age to enter.