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Funny Kid series author and illustrator Matt Stanton. For Kids News book club

Author Matt Stanton answers reader questions

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Well done to all the kids who sent in great questions for Funny Kids author Matt. Check out his answers to 10 of the best

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 15th of September herald sun Newspaper .

No one wants to fall onto the snapping crocodiles

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There were whoops of joy across Melbourne when playgrounds reopened this week, but faced with falling popularity and a hotel quarantine inquiry, it’s not all fun and games for Premier Dan

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Image Finalists 2020 - Photo by Tim Hearn. Caption: Hide and Seek. Animal: Azure Damselfly. Location: Devon, UK.

Meet the comedians in the animal kingdom

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We won’t ever know if these animals are trying to be funny but we do know they’re giving us lots of laughs. Meet the stars of the finalist entries in the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

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Show must go on for young talents

Tracy Zhao performing violin on stage. Picture: supplied
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The Crowd Favourite competition of the Sydney Eisteddfod has moved online to help young performers like 10-year-old Tracy Zhao continue passing the joy of music to their audience

The moment Djokovic stared into the void

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday  8th of September 2020 Herald Sun newspaper .
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It is big news for the world’s best tennis player to be disqualified from a Grand Slam, so Mark Knight wanted to draw a cartoon to show Novak’s shock and realisation of what he had done

Dad and daughter make a winning ballet combination

Melbourne stonemason John Sione and daughter Zi, 12, won Queensland Ballet's online dance competition, Ballet Beat Drop Challenge. For Kids News
just for fun

A rugby-loving dad has teamed with his ballet-loving daughter to take out top prize in a global dance challenge. Check out their moves

Here comes the AFL Batmobile, bound for glory

Mark Knight cartoon on AFL Grand Final
sport

There were so many ways to draw a cartoon on the AFL Grand Final heading to Qld. Mark Knight decided to ignore all the obvious ways and resurrect a special vehicle for one more drive

Nature’s fury and beauty captured in winning photos

7PM, 27TH AUGUST 2020 EMBARGO FOR ONLINE, EMBARGO FOR PRINT 28TH AUGUST 2020, PREMIUM NETWORK CONTENT, NO AUSTRALIAN, NO NEWS.COM, NO SKY, NO WEST AUS, *ONLY FOR NEWS CORP MASTHEAD PAPERS*,  Overall Winner (originally Landscape) Ben Blanche.
A fire caused by a lightning strike in Mount Barney National Park.
It slowly marched over the peak as it moved around the border area of Queensland and New South Wales.
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A snap of a Black Summer bushfire has been named Australia’s best nature photograph in a competition that celebrates the country’s wild side

The day the flag was missing from the big game

Knight cartoon for 22/8/20 on the aboriginal flag ownership rights during the AFL Indigenous round
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What a thrill to see this year’s big AFL Dreamtime game between the Bombers and the Tigers played in Darwin. But what a shock that the Aboriginal flag — an important symbol — was missing

Vegemite needs you to sing its jingle

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Happy Little Vegemites Lotus O'Brien (4) and Sophia Trengove (3)
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We know Vegemite tastes like Australia, but the company that makes it wants to find out what Australia sounds like, calling on the nation to give the spread’s classic theme song a new life

Winning photos focus on wonders of science

2020 Beaker Street Science Photo Prize finalists. Tasmanian devil joeys being checked by researcher in mothers pouch.Picture: Heath Holden
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An image of tiny Tasmanian devil joeys inside their mother’s pouch is a finalist in a photo competition shining a light on the importance of science for National Science Week

How to find your voice and talk to a crowd

Kailash Sarma, 17, is teaching young people how to master public speaking and improve their confidence and self-esteem. His Captivate the Future program is open to secondary students around the country. For Kids News and Hibernation
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A teenage public-speaking whiz is on a mission to help kids reeling from coronavirus disruptions master the art of talking to a crowd, finding their voice and their confidence

Whose big AFL grab will we sing about?

Knight cartoon for 10/8/20 on QLD looking to hold the AFL Grand Final
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The AFL Grand Final is one of the major sporting events of the year but everything about the 2020 season is different. Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk could take the mark of the year

Tough battle ahead for state of disaster

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 3rd of August 2020 Herald Sun Newspaper
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In a cartoon, using a visual metaphor can help describe another issue we may not have much understanding about. But just like with bushfires, if Australians band together, we can beat this

‘Karen’s’ mask fight not just about her rights

Knight cartoon for 27/7/20  the Karen plague
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Like a school essay, a cartoon is a way to compare and contrast two sides to an issue. In this case it’s about someone demanding their rights but forgetting their responsibilities to the vulnerable

Awesome iPhone photo award winners

Category winners in iphone photography contest
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It’s hard to believe the winners from the annual iPhone Photo Awards — described as the ‘Oscars of mobile photography’ — were taken with an iPhone or iPad. Which is your favourite?

Cartoonist says sorry for taking the mickey

Mark Knight's cartoon on Greg Hunt
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We all know when you try to do something in front of a camera, things don’t turn out quite as you would like them to. This was the case with the Health Minister and his face mask

Roadblock stops Premier’s getaway

Knight cartoon for 14/7/20  on Dan Andrews and roadblocks
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Cartoonist Mark Knight discusses Victoria’s change of circumstances as coronavirus case numbers increase, and whether Premier Daniel Andrews is running away from responsibility

Tassie time lapse of our Milky Way galaxy

Fergus Gregory's photo of Ben Lomond, Tasmania and the Milky Way. Picture: Instagram/@fergtas
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A beginner astrophotographer has braved Tasmania’s freezing winter nights to capture the Milky Way’s dance across the night sky in some of the state’s most picturesque locations

Yay! It’s time for school holiday fun

Kids News is on holidays!
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Kids News is taking a little break to enjoy the school holidays. In the meantime, try these Dr Seuss-themed activities. Enjoy! Have a great break and stay safe

Debate over new Australian logo with no roo

For Miranda column. A proposed logo for brand, Australian Made.  Supplied
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A new logo developed to promote Australia to the world has been criticised as confusing by advertising experts who say the wattle design looks more like a luxury perfume label

There’s a huge dinosaur in my kitchen

Generic dinosaur illustrations, tyrannosaurus rex.
technology

Google has a new feature that lets you view lifelike dinosaurs wherever you are through a smartphone camera with 3D augmented reality technology that works like Pokemon Go

Making ISO bears for friends to cuddle

Grace Holiday, 11 and Chloe Moore, 12 have made ISO cuddle bears to give to people with disability and illness who are still in isolating because they are at increased risk of COVID-19.Picture: RICHARD JUPE
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Grace and Chloe knew how much comfort a cuddly toy could be during the stressful times of social isolation, so they decided to spread the joy and make ISO bears for people to adopt

Kids’ author Matt Stanton’s tips for writing a great story

Author Matt Stanton. For Kids News Hibernation
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Are you struggling to come up with an idea for the Kids News Short Story competition? Don’t worry, these tips from Matt Stanton will get your imagination flowing. But hurry, time is running out to enter.

Getting used to our strange ‘new normal’

Part of Mark Knight's cartoon.
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A WWII Lancaster bomber aeroplane in the COVID-test queue? Our lives have changed so much in recent months not much surprises us any more, writes cartoonist Mark Knight

Writing yourself into someone else’s shoes

St Monicas student 12-year-old Amaeh Reed, who won the Kids News Short Story competition in the age 11+ category last year. PICTURE: STEWART McLEAN
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Keeping up with world news gave author Amaeh Reed an idea for her winning 2019 Kids News short story competition entry. Amaeh explains how she got from the idea to the finished story

Teens making music about COVID-19

A singer shares COVID-19 messages
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June 20 is World Refugee Day. Kids News shares a film by a teenager at Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Uganda about young people making music to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Around an Aussie campfire of statues

Mark Knight's campfire cartoon for Kids news
civics

Mark Knight explains the issues behind the cartoon of two Aussies sitting by this particular campfire and wonders how Australia will react to this period of self-examination

Dream job of Lego master builder

KIDS NEWS LEGO Master Builder Kieran Jiwa with 'Joey'. Picture: supplied.
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Lego master builder Kieran Jiwa — whose job it is to play and create with Lego for most of every day — has known he wanted this career since he was six years old

Characters’ stinky start to a winning story

Winner of last  years Kids News Short Story Competition, Rose Pullinger, 10 of Hobart. Picture: Zak Simmonds
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Rose Pullinger’s Emily to the Rescue was a winning entry in the Kids News 2019 Short Story Competition. She’s keen to enter the 2020 competition and shares some tips about story writing

Collingwood fans react to big AFL news

Mark Knight's collingwood fan cartoon
sport

In this weekly series for Kids News, Mark Knight explains the news and the creative process behind one of his latest cartoons. Mark imagines Pies fans would have been outraged!

Cartoons are not always meant to make you laugh

Mark Knight's cartoon of Donald Trump
civics

Sometimes cartoonists have to cover serious issues, such as war, famine, injustice and even death, about which it’s not appropriate or possible to make people laugh. This was one of those times

Who’s most excited about going back to school?

Mark Knight's cartoon back to school
humanities

Kids are returning to school as COVID-19 restrictions ease. After working from home with his kids, Mark Knight wonders who in each household is most looking forward to getting back to normal

How to draw and animate your own minion

The team from Illumination, the animation studio behind movies including Despicable Me, The Minions and The Secret Life of Pets, show kids how to draw and animate a minion. For Kids News Hibernation ONLY
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They’re cute and very cheeky. And now you can create your own, with this step-by-step guide to drawing and animating a minion – just like in the movies

Dear Australia: memories of the nation in isolation

Australia Post is launching Dear Australia, an initiative encouraging Australians to share hand-written letters of hope and inspiration with the nation about their COVID-19 experience with all letters to be sent to a national letterbox.  At the end of the campaign, eligible letters will be archived for posterity at The National Archives of Australia in Canberra.   Abbey Winiarski, 9 has written a letter and doing a drawing for the Campaign. Picture: Sarah Matray
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Australians are being invited to record their coronavirus experiences for future generations in a new campaign by the country’s postal service

Lonely penguins take day trip to art gallery

Lonely Peruvian penguins from the Kansas City Zoo enjoy an outing to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to lift their spirits during the coronavirus lockdown. Picture: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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Life in lockdown can be pretty dull, even for penguins. But the day got a light brighter for these little birds when they had an excursion from their zoo enclosure to an art museum.

No joke! Experts agree laughter is good for us

KIDS NEWS: NIDA's school holiday programs include  comedy. Picture: supplied.
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Humour is as ancient as human life itself, but the joys of laughter never grow old and amusement experts believe we’re on the cusp of a COVID-19 comedy revolution

Dusty models COVID-safe return to AFL season

Mark Knight on Dusty return to AFL
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There’s a small light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel with the AFL’s announcement of a restart to the footy season. Mark Knight imagines how Tigers star Dustin Martin could help

Lego Masters star’s huge toy collection

SA Home and LIfe mag . My Place with Trent Cucchiarelli from Lego Masters show at his home in Burnside. Photo : Nick Clayton.
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Lego Masters is over for 2020, but one of the competitors still gets to play with lots of toys. We take a look at Trent Cucchiarelli’s incredible collection of action figures, vehicles and play sets

Last-known film of not-so-fierce thylacine

Still from newly discovered footage of the thylacine in Hobart's Beaumaris Zoo in 1935. It was part of a tourism film made by Sidney Cook in 1935. (National Film and Sound Archives)
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Researchers have discovered what is thought to be the last film of a thylacine, taken two years later than any other known record and casting doubt on its reputation as an aggressive animal

Unleash the little scribes to make mischief!

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Beloved Australian children’s author Andrew Daddo says storytelling platform Littlescribe invites kids to imagine breaking all the rules

Billie’s kindness lives on

Billie Kinder, 12. B Kinder Day on  June 22 honours Billie by encouraging children to spread kindness, empathy and compassion. For Kids News Hibernation
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Australian schoolgirl Billie Kinder always believed she could make the world a better place. Now her family hopes the third annual B Kinder Day on June 22 will take her message worldwide

Ball of cuteness and other winning nature photos

Mountain Hare Lepus timidus A confiding adult, high in the Cairngorms mountains, forms the shape of a ball as it grooms Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK
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A photo of a mountain hare in a snowstorm that took the photographer several freezing weeks to capture has won this year’s BigPicture international nature photography competition

Aussie AI song takes global music prize

A scene from the AI song video Beautiful the World
technology

A three-minute song written by artificial intelligence that turned koala grunts, kookaburra laughs and Tassie devil barks into a kind of instrument has won an international music competition

Coughing over the health of Australia’s piggy bank

Mark Knight's cartoon on Josh Frydenberg
civics

When Mark Knight tuned in to watch Treasurer Josh Frydenberg talk about the economy in federal parliament, he saw him coughing uncontrollably. What was the cause?

Spooky goings-on at night in the museum

A worker displays the 'Unlucky Mummy', from 945 BC, displayed by the British Museum during a press conference at Taiwan's National Palace Museum in Taipei 24 January 2007. According to the British museum, the 'Unlucky Mummy' is not a mummy at all, but rather a gessoed and painted wooden 'mummy-board' or inner coffin lid, found at Thebes. It is referred to as the 'Unlucky Mummy' as it has acquired a reputation for bringing misfortune. Some 271 pieces of antiques from the British Museum will be exhibited at Taiwan's National Palace Museum betwen 04 Febuary to 27 May 2007. AFP PHOTO/Sam YEH
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British Museum guards have reported spooky goings-on including ghostly footsteps, strange lights and mysterious crying among the exhibits, like a real-life version of Night at the Museum

Put your thinking caps on to write a winning story

2020 Kids News Short Story competition logo
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Entries for the 2020 Kids News Short Story competition have now closed. We look forward to announcing the winning stories soon

Aussies spreading joy with sidewalk chalk talk

EXCLUSIVE NEWS360 PREMIUM LOCKED CONTENT, NO NEWS.COM, NO SKY, NO WEST AUS, NO AUS - Chalk Art: "T H A N K Y O U to our healthcare heroes and all essential workers helping us through this pandemic! Sending so much love and light your way." Picture: @karabellaa/Instagram

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-967TrHCAT/
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People everywhere are covering footpaths with beautiful chalk art to spread joy during COVID-19, providing meaning to their lives, connecting communities and keeping children entertained

Saluting the Anzac spirit and ghosts of Diggers past

Mark Knight cartoon for Saturday the 25th of April 2020 Herald Sun
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight captures the spirit of the Anzacs and the ghostly impact the coronavirus had on one of Australia’s most sacred days

Kids get creative at school to keep COVID-19 away

Students in China go back to school wearing 1m wide hats. (Photos courtesy of Zhejiang Daily). Twitter: @SixthTone
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Children in China are finally returning to classrooms after months of online learning, using creative thinking to find fun ways to keep their distance to help slow the spread of the coronavirus

Making music in times of trouble

Jamie Hanford, store manager at Mannys music store in Brisbane has said the shop is busier than they are at Christmas because go the Covid19 crisis. Pics Adam Head
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A Queensland music shop expected tough times during COVID-19 restrictions but it’s been “busier than Christmas” as people turn to playing musical instruments for pleasure and comfort

Virus leaves future of Virgin up in the air

Mark Knight cartoon on the future of Virgin Airlines
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explores the collapse of Virgin Airlines in Australia and how the company could make a buck selling its second-hand planes

Lyrid meteor shower to light up the night sky

A composite image of meteors in the Lyrid shower over the US state of Texas in 2012. Picture: NASA
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One of the world’s oldest meteor showers is taking place again in our night sky this week. You will be able to see the glorious Lyrid meteor shower at its best tonight at your place

Home learning enough to make parents scream

Mark Knight cartoon on parents coping with home schooling.
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explores how parents are coping — or not — with the need to support their children’s education from home

Breaking the rules is no laughing matter

mark knight toon for sunday herald sun march 29
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why it’s impossible to laugh off the foolish behaviour of beachgoers who break social distancing rules

Take a virtual tour around the world

Walk the Great Wall of China without moving a muscle. PHOTO: Istock
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Visit the Great Wall of China, see the Mona Lisa or watch zoo animals without leaving home. Here are 10 top virtual experiences plus one very special out-of-this-world tour

Sneak peek behind the scenes at Disneyland

ESCAPE:  Standing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse welcome visitors from all over the world. Combining classic favorites and exciting additions, the Disneyland Resort is an essential part of a Southern California vacation. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)
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Disney is giving fans take a sneak peek behind its famous walls and letting children discover how rollercoasters and rides are made and how its special “lands” are created

Why drawing is a monster cure for boredom

Author and illustrator Matt Stanton's drawing for Monster Monday.
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Best-selling children’s author and illustrator Matt Stanton has declared the first day of every working week Monster Monday. Here he explains why drawing monsters is a cure for boredom

Leaders have different schools of thought

Mark Knight cartoon about covid-19 school closure confusion.
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew the Prime Minister and two state leaders as musicians playing to a different beat on schools closures

Protect yourselves, we’re living in strange times

Mark Knight cartoon on the craziness at supermarkets during the coronavirus crisis
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew a cricketer protected by pads and a helmet heading off to buy toilet paper at the supermarket

World’s wonderful wildlife on show

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 MUST CREDIT Marcus Westberg/2020 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Spread'em

Photographer Name: Marcus Westberg

Year: 2020

Image Description: I had spent several days in a hide in Onguma Private Reserve, near Etosha, Namibia, initially hoping to see elephants or big cats, but enjoying all the visitors that came to the waterhole nearby. I knew if I was patient enough I would have a good chance of photographing giraffes as they came in to drink, but I never imagined any of them would squeeze in between the hide and the waterhole! This presented me with a different perspective than I had envisioned. Patience, and a willingness to sit quietly in nature is often reward in itself - although in this case I was delighted to leave with an image like this. 

Copyright: © Marcus Westberg, Sweden, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
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Photos of a giraffe’s bottom, a monkey deep in thought, a hunting eagle and a kookaburra surveying burned forest have each taken out prizes in the Sony World Photography Awards 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan lose their royal touch

Mark Knight on Harry and Meghan's final royal appearance.
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to split ranks with the royal family has meant losing some luxuries in life

Toilet paper now worth its weight in gold

Mark Knight cartoon on the coronavirus and the "fishing line" jewellery robbery
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains how coronavirus fears across Australia have sparked panic buying and turned toilet paper into a rare gem

Underwater Photographer of the Year

HIGHLY COMMENDED Category 4. Behaviour

Credit name: Alex Kydd/UPY 2019
Nationality: Australia
Image caption: A Fever of Cownose Rays
Country taken: Australia
Location: Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Camera make: NikonD810
Lens: Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens
ISO: 320
Aperture: f/9
Shutter: 1/250
Lighting used: Natural light
Housing: Aquatica Digital

Back story printed: 
A rare encounter with a fever of cownose rays on the Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. This was a once in a lifetime encounter with a species that is rarely documented in this region. We unexpectedly came across the rays whilst searching for whale sharks. The rays were spiralling up and down the water column from the surface to 20 meters for a brief moment until they disappeared into the deep. The images were taken whilst freediving to approximately 6 metres. The rays were circling and rubbing together in a behaviour that is still not clearly understood. It may have been possible mating or a social behaviour. The exact species of ray is still debated, it is either Rhinoptera javanica or Rhinoptera neglecta. 

Judge's comments: 
A top down camera angle on the rays has captured the behaviour perfectly.  The balance of all four sides keeps the eye of the viewer contained within the frame.  It's not too tight either, just the right amount of space to admire the spectacle. - Martin Edge
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Five Australian photographers have blitzed the international Underwater Photographer of the Year competition with their incredible pictures of life under the sea

It’s peak-hour traffic to put the bins out

Mark Knight cartoon on bin night.
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at how waste management has become a major issue in Australia and why it’s soon to create peak-hour traffic on bin night

Violinist plays during her own brain surgery

CORRECTION - A still image take from handout video footage released by King’s College Hospital in London on February 19, 2020 and recorded on January 31, 2020, shows musician Dagmar Turner playing the violin during brain surgery at King's College Hospital in London. - A violinist helped surgeons avoid damage to her brain during surgery to remove a tumour by playing her instrument, the UK hospital where she underwent the innovative procedure said. Surgeons came up with the novel approach to ensure areas of Dagmar Turner's brain responsible for delicate hand movement were not affected during the precision procedure. Turner, a 53-year-old musician with the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra in southern England, was diagnosed in 2013 with a slow growing tumour after suffering a seizure during a concert. (Photo by - / KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by - has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [Dagmar instead of [Dogmar]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”
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A musician has played her violin during a six-hour, lifesaving operation to remove a brain tumour, helping calm the woman’s fears the surgery would ruin her ability to play

Aussie spirit front and centre at rock concert

Mark Knight's cartoon about the Fire Fight Concert.
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at the Fire Fight Australia concert which raised $9 million to help bushfire victims and he imagined two new faces in the crowd

Tapestries finally complete Sistine Chapel

ESCAPE: DECEMBER 4 2016 DEALS See the Sistine Chapel at The Vatican in Italy with Insight Vacations, Picture: Supplied
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For the first time in more than 400 years, all 12 precious gold and silver tapestries designed by Renaissance artist Raphael have been hung in the Sistine Chapel, making it complete at last

Bird’s-eye view of our beautiful planet Earth

Google Earth satellite images from space
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Google has added 1000 new images to Earth View – a collection of the most beautiful landscapes from Google Earth. And a farmer’s marriage proposal makes it onto Google Maps

Is vandalising vandalism a new form of art?

Mark Knight's cartoon on Hosier Lane.
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight considers if vandalising vandalism is a new art form after a gang of youths spray-painted street art in Melbourne’s famous Hosier Lane

Not even Ash can drag ScoMo out of strife

Knight cartoon for 29/1/20 Morrison Barty good news
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Award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight returns in our weekly series and looks at how not even tennis golden girl Ash Barty could change PM Scott Morrison’s run of bad luck

Can you crack the 30-year-old code?

CIA headquarter Langley US Kryptos
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The final clue to a coded message on a sculpture outside the US spy agency’s HQ unveiled 30 years ago has been revealed by the code’s creator

Tribute for Holocaust 75th anniversary

OSWIECIM, POLAND - JANUARY 27:  A guard tower stands illuminated at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp near the Auschwitz Memorial during the official ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp on January 27, 2020 near Oswiecim, Poland. International leaders as well as approximately 200 survivors and their families are gathering today at Auschwitz today to attend the commemoration. The Nazis killed an estimated one million people at the camp during the World War II occupation of Poland by Nazi Germany. The Soviet Army liberated the camp on January 27, 1945.   (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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The Duchess of Cambridge has taken photographs of Holocaust survivors in a moving tribute to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of World War II concentration camp Auschwitz

Making magic for sick kids at Christmas

The Heart Project by Archie Cronk
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In hospitals all around the world each Christmas, The Heart Project creates incredible photo artworks for kids too sick to go home, making memories that families treasure forever

World’s best wildlife photos of 2019

A supplied undated image obtained Wednesday, December 4, 2019 shows an image shortlisted for the the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year Lumix People's Choice Award. (AAP Image/Supplied by Wildlife Photographer of the Year/Natural History Museum, Clement Mwangi) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, MANDATORY CREDIT
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One of these incredible photos will be the winning entry in the 2019 Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award. Which would you vote for?

Banksy’s touching Christmas reindeer mural

Banksy's mural, including a man named Ryan asleep. Picture: Instagram
humanities

World-famous artist Banksy has painted reindeer pulling a street-bench sleigh, aiming to highlight the plight of people sleeping rough. The public’s reaction was heartwarming

Sesame Street farewells its kindest, grouchiest star

Big Bird reads to Connor Scott and Tiffany Jiao during a taping of Sesame Street on Thursday, April 10, 2008 in New York. Being Big Bird is sweaty, physical work. But puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who has worked on Sesame Street for nearly four decades playing both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has no wish to be anywhere else. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch’s puppeteer — the “most unknown famous person” – has died after 50 years creating joy on Sesame Street

A long line of reasons to leave halftime alone

Mark Knight cartoon on AFL proposal to shorten halftime breaks
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight considers the downsides to a reduced halftime break at AFL matches — and they quickly started to line up

Student uses art in fight for peace on Earth

Elijah Lewis with his Peace on Earth mural. Picture: World Vision
humanities

After reading about the experiences of child soldiers in Africa, student Elijah Lewis created a unique art piece to highlight that war is wrong and all children should be able to grow up in peace

Row, row, row your boat to a better world

Mark Knight cartoon on Greta Thunberg.
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew young climate change activist Greta Thunberg rowing rock band Coldplay to their next world gig

15 amazing sculptures around the world

Mother Nature, Canada. Picure: Alamy
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Earth is so big and so filled with things to see it’s hard to know where to start looking. To help you out, we’ve compiled this collection of incredible sculptures to look at and learn about

Frozen II will melt most kids’ hearts again

A still from the upcoming animated Disney film Frozen II.
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If you are worried that Frozen II won’t live up to the hype of the original movie five years ago, you’ll be pleased to learn it is a confident and funny movie that will melt most children’s hearts

Aussie boys dancing onto global stage

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Two Australian teenagers have danced their way into the finals of the world’s largest ballet competition, the famous Youth America Grand Prix in New York

Banning dogs makes Aussies barking mad

Mark Knight cartoon for Sunday Herald Sun, November 17, 2019
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why banning dogs in Aussie pubs and bars is a backward step and a chance to draw a bar full of dogs to make his point

Play-Doh’s sticky situation solved

Rapidoh playdough guessing game - play-doh toy sculpture face 10 Jul 2001. /Toys Play-Doh
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By the 1950s, no one wanted to buy a special sort of dough to clean wallpaper. But some creative thinking saved the failing dough company and we all got to play with Play-Doh

Hell on earth as weather giants collide

Mark Knight cartoon on the bushfires in Queensland and NSW
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight captures the helplessness of drought-affected Australian communities now caught in the path of catastrophic bushfires

An Aussie Cup win … I’ll drink to that!

Mark Knight cartoon on the 2019 Melbourne Cup
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he added an Aussie tradition to his Melbourne Cup drawing after local horse Vow and Declare finished first past the post

Australia’s most incredible weather photos

Australian Weather Calendar 2020
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Rainbows, aurora australis and massive, fluffy clouds that make you want to bounce on them star in the year’s best weather photos, as judged by the Bureau of Meteorology

Dreaming of an Uluru without climbers

Mark Knight cartoon on final day of being able to climb Uluru
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew Uluru as an indigenous character dreaming of a life without interference on spiritual land

Abuse of ex-racehorses is a crying shame

Mark Knight cartoon on Phar Lap crying
arts

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains his moving cartoon about the cruel abuse of ex-racehorses and why it’s a topic he feels deeply saddened by

Six clever rules to help you write a top short story

Kids News Short Story writing competition closes next week artwork
book club

With the Kids News short story writing competition closing on October 31, we asked children’s author Jackie French for tips on adding colour and imagination into stories. So … get writing!

The most amazing wildlife photos of the year

Yongqing Bao won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 title for this image taken in the Chinese province of Qinghai. Called The Moment, it pictures a standoff between a Tibetan fox and a marmot, which seems frozen in fear. Chair of the judging panel, Roz Kidman Cox, says, 'Photographically, it is quite simply the perfect moment. The expressive intensity of the postures holds you transfixed, and the thread of energy between the raised paws seems to hold the protagonists in perfect balance' MUST CREDIT Photographers name/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year
animals

A gripping action shot that captures “the perfect moment” between a Tibetan fox and a marmot has won its photographer the title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Swapping footballers is a game for all ages

Mark Knight cartoon on Eddie Betts returning to Carlton
sport

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight remembers the joys of footy swap cards in the schoolyard and how it mirrors the competitiveness of AFL trade week

Grab some popcorn, it’s school holiday movie time

Artwork for Kids News school holiday guide
just for fun

It’s school holiday time which means Kids News is taking a short break. But you should grab some popcorn and see one of the great movies on the big screen. Here’s our guide to the best

Ancient stories brought to life in 3D

The tongue of the Rainbow Serpent flashes like lightning in the Dreamings from the Saltwater Country. Picture: Wununguru Awara/Monash University
humanities

There were once at least 250 indigenous Australian languages — now, there are just a few. A project combining cutting-edge technology with ancient stories aims to stop the decline

Dr Seuss’s top-secret Aussie book revealed

Author and Illustrator Andrew Joyner and publisher Cathy Goldsmith at the book launch for "Dr Seuss's Horse Museum", Books of Wonder New York
arts

In an incredible, top-secret adventure like something out of a storybook, an Australian illustrator was picked from all the illustrators in the world to complete an unfinished Dr Seuss book

Meet the honourable Hugh or is it Wolverine?

Knight cartoon for 14/9/19 Hugh Jackman
news

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight shows some sharp wit when deciding how to draw Hugh Jackman receiving his Order of Australia medal

Wise words from a circus star

Jillibalu Riley learned breakdancing and other contemporary dance at high school. Picture: supplied
arts

Jillibalu Riley does incredible acrobatics as a performer with Circus Oz, tricks he started practising as a little daredevil kid mucking around with his cousins

Modern take on The Four Seasons of Australia

Mark Knight's Four Seasons cartoon
news

In our weekly series, Mark Knight explains why he used classic composer Vivaldi as inspiration for how different the four seasons and the weather is becoming in Australia

Tayla Harris ‘The Kick’ statue unveiled

AFLW star Tayla Harris at the unveiling of a prototype statue that will be made to recognise her achievements in women's football at Federation Square in Melbourne, Wednesday, September 11, 2019. (AAP Image/David Crosling) NO ARCHIVING
sport

It was the kick that triggered a turning point in sport and had an impact far beyond the AFLW. And now, the iconic Tayla Harris moment has been immortalised with a life-size statue