Five Queensland YouTubers share $110,000 prize to boost their creative careers

Five Queensland YouTubers share $110,000 prize to boost their creative careers

Five Queensland-based YouTube stars have today been announced as inaugural winners of the Palaszczuk Government’s Creator Originals prizes.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Jackie Trad today congratulated the winners and said the prizes were an important element of the Government’s ground-breaking Create Queensland partnership with YouTube.

“I am very proud that Queensland was the first state government in Australia to secure a partnership of this nature with YouTube,” Ms Trad said.

“The Creator Originals awards are key to establishing Queensland as a market of choice for digital innovators and entrepreneurs. They will enable our talented Queenslanders to take their ideas and skills to the next level and boost their worldwide audience.

“Sara Holmes, Elly Awesome, Tom Thum, Stephanie Hames and Alysse Paris – who between them have more than 500,000 subscribers and millions of video views – are the inaugural winners of this exciting new program.”

YouTube Content Partnerships Manager, Sanoop Luke said Queensland is home to some truly outstanding YouTube creators.

“We are pleased to partner with the Queensland Government to nurture the current and next generation of YouTube creators from across the state, helping them continue the trend of Australian creators reaching global audiences through YouTube,” Mr Luke said.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the prize money would go towards production and development costs of creative content.

“The winners can access expert assistance – including project support, studios and equipment – from Griffith University and QUT, who are key partners in the delivery of the Create Queensland program,” Ms Enoch said.

“The prize for the established creator category also includes a trip to Los Angeles, with flights and accommodation, where the creators can access YouTube workshops.”

Established Creator winner Tom Thum said that grants like this were essential producing high-quality local content.

“For me as a self-employed creative with no outside funding, most of my productions have been on a bit of a shoestring budget. It’s fantastic that there is a grant out there like Creator Originals to help people like me achieve things that would be near impossible,” Mr Thum said.

Media Contact: Anna Jabour – DP’s office – 0429 890 942 | Daniel Lato – Minister Enoch’s Office – 0438 830 201

Established creator winners – $30,000 each

Sara Holmes is the creator of SeoulSarang – a fun, light-hearted Korean language channel with English subtitles. The channel focuses on travel, food and Australian English tips. She tries to introduce her viewers to new things and positively promote Australia and Korea. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/seoulsarang9095
Elly Awesome makes comic videos on food reviews, technology and app reviews and travel and lifestyle videos. YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ellyawesome
Tom Thum, a world-renowned beatboxer who uses his YouTube channel to demonstrate the amazing capabilities of his vocal chords. YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/tomthummer
Emerging creator winners – $10,000 each

Stephanie Hames is a makeup artist who trained in beauty and special effects makeup and uses her skills to create video tutorials for her SasEffects channel. Her most popular video with more than 2.5 million views shows you how to create a chopped off finger special effect. YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/saseffects
Alysse Paris is a comedy skit and parody channel that focuses on YouTube-trending topics, pop-culture and world events. YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/alysseparis

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