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The date has now closed for this year's BADIE-AU competition. Thanks to everyone who entered! Stay tuned for the winners, and details about next year's competition..

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Are you a young person who is blind or has low vision?

Do you access TV, films and other audio-visual content at school, at home or out with friends and family?

Then grab your popcorn, because Vision Australia is thrilled to bring the Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) contest to Australasia!


The Benefits of Audio Description In Education in Australasia (BADIE-AU) contest wants young people who are blind or have low vision to experience media with audio description and tell us what they think about it.

Tell us what you think about the way something was described and what impact it had on you.

You have a chance to win prizes (including vouchers, and the grand prize: an iPad mini) for yourself and your teacher.
You have the chance to receive recognition for your school and to hold the title of a BADIE-AU award winner!

What is audio description?

Audio Description is visual information conveyed through words. It translates things that are visible into things that you can hear.

With Audio Description you don’t need to see in order to understand what is happening because all the important visual information is translated into the spoken word.

Check out this example of the audio described trailer for Frozen:

With the recent inclusion of audio description on the ABC and SBS (not to mention dvds, cinemas and streaming platforms), young Australians have more opportunities than ever to access content through Audio Description.

BADIE-AU recognises the pivotal role that Audio-visual content plays in education, culture and society.

Play your part in developing a nation of informed (and demanding!) audio description consumers – the more you make your voice heard the more audio description there will be, and the better that audio description can be.

How to enter

1. Select your content

You, your parent, your classroom teacher or vision support teacher, or even your entire class, should first choose something with audio description.

It could be a film of a book you’re studying at school, a TV show or movie at the cinema a documentary or a programme that’s creating conversation with your friends and family. It could be a play at the theatre, an exhibition at a gallery, Vision Australia’s ‘Carols by Candlelight’ or even fireworks or a fashion show

Need help finding some audio description? Here is a list of different places you can find Audio Described content (Word)

Here is a tip sheet for your teachers and family (Word) to support you.

Remember, choose content that is age appropriate to you.

2. Watch and review

Watch the audio described film or programme (as many times as you need) then write your review of the audio description.

Here are our tips for writing a great review (Word).

Format of your review

You can create a review in the format of your choice, including:

  • Recording a voice memo
  • Writing or typing in regular or large print
  • Braille

You will need to register for the contest using the entry form.

3. How to enter and send your review

By post:

FAO Polly Goodwin
Vision Australia Kooyong
454 Glenferrie Road
VIC 3144


By email:

Send an email with your file to [email protected]

In the registration form, there are three age entry categories.
Please select your category based on what school stage you are at on Sunday, 11 July 2022.

  1. Primary
  2. Junior (Grades 7 - 9)
  3. Senior (Grades 10 - 12)


Deadline for entries

Please ensure you have registered in the form and submitted the file by Sunday, 11 July 2022.

You can enter the contest as many times as you like!

Contest winners in each category will be chosen by the end of August 2022.

4. Register and submit your review


  • Each category’s first prize winner will receive a $100 voucher of their choice.
  • Each category’s second prize winner will receive a $50 voucher of their choice.
  • The grand prize winner will receive an iPad mini

All who enter the contest will be awarded certificates of participation and enter into a lucky-dip prize draw.

The teacher or service provider who supports the 1st place winners to enter will also win a prize.

Winning entries will be shared with AD providers across Australia so your voice can be heard! 
You will also have the chance to connect with winners of the BADIE competition in America!

Prizes kindly provided by Vision Australia.

    Contact us

    If you have any questions at all please send an email to [email protected]

    Vision Australia is thrilled to partner with the American Council for the Blind and the Audio Description

    Project to bring the BADIE initiative to Australia, to nurture and reward critical engagement with audio description by young Australasians who are blind or have low vision.

    Enormous thanks to the American Council of the Blind and Audio Description Project’s BADIE Committee for their permission to use the name and format of the BADIE initiative, and for all their amazing support in the development of this Australasian chapter.

    You can find out more about the original initiative here.