Winners of the Q Awards announced

The creative talents of young people from across Tauranga and the Western Bay have been celebrated in the annual Q Awards.
Entrants in the Q Awards aged 16 to 18 submitted entries across categories that included graphic, moving image, photography, and architecture and product.
Published April 20, 2023

The winners were announced this week, including the coveted People’s Choice Award in which members of the public had their say on which entry should win.

“The effort that participants put in to their work was incredible,” says Quentin van Heerden, the Managing Director of The Quentosity Group and founder of the Q Awards.

“Each entrant should be very proud of their achievements, as should their teachers who have been really supportive of the Q Awards. Like last year, some of the entries were exceptional and are further proof of the strong sense of creativity that runs through our region.”

Top prizes for winners

Prizes for the Q Awards range from funding support worth $1500, to internships with Sun Media and Quentosity Digital Agency, which is part of The Quentosity Group.

“An internship can have a massive impact on a winner’s career path,” says Mr van Heerden. “So can the funding support as it can be used for equipment or technology that is essential when starting out in the creative world.”

The Q Awards were created by our digital consultancy Quentosity to help and encourage up-and-coming creatives. Last year’s inaugural awards were such a success it was a no-brainer to run the awards again in 2022, says Mr van Heerden.

It’s not just Tauranga and Western Bay schools that have backed the Q Awards, it’s businesses too. Sponsors include Trustpower, Holland Beckett Law, Sun Media, Seeka, Media Masters, Kale Print, Quentosity, Rothbury Insurance, and Nesti Chartered Accountants.

“We couldn’t run the awards without the backing of our sponsors, judges and the volunteers on the Q Awards Charitable Trust,” says Mr van Heerden.

“Huge thanks to everyone involved, and huge congratulations to every entrant. Can’t wait for next year!”

To see the full list of winners, head to the Q Awards website at,

Each entrant should be very proud of their achievements, as should their teachers who have been really supportive.

- Quentin van Heerden, Q Awards Founder
Published April 20, 2023