TOUCHING messages of connection and hope in trying times were the inspiration behind Beaudesert students' entries to the 2019 Art 4 Agriculture Archibull Prize.
After months of hard work, McAuley College and Beaudesert State High School students have finished decorating their life-size fibreglass cows, which have now been submitted for judging.
They are also vying for the people's choice award, which is now open for voting.
Beaudesert State High School's bovine features an Australian flag, writing in braille, a three-dimensional farm scene, cow bones and a robotic milking arm.
It also includes high-tech elements like lights, movement and electronics like last year's entry which saw them win the Jim Pratley Innovation in Technology Award.
It was designed to reflect this year's Archibull theme - "feeding, clothing and powering a hungry nation is a shared responsibility".
Students decided upon the name Hope, in recognition of the community's resilience in the face of droughts affecting the Scenic Rim.
The creation process was documented in a blog, written from Hope's point of view.
"At the moment, the town where I live has been through a lot," the blog says.
"There (have) been some very terrible fires. The town and surrounding areas are in drought. Water is running out...The cattle are hungry, a lot are losing condition. Feed is both scarce and expensive. We are all hoping for rain."
Students also mentored children from Hillview State School as they worked on their own fibreglass calf, Cheese Stick.
Meanwhile, McAuley College students covered their cow in a patchwork design to represent the interconnected nature of the local industries the work the land together.
A map of the Scenic Rim adorns the back of the cow, which was dubbed Boots McCowley.
The cow - entered in the grans and horticulture category - also features a collage of plants, fruits and vegetables, as well as its signature boots.
2019 also saw McAuley College kick off its agricultural studies program, a significant milestone for the school.
The Archibull Prize program engages students in agricultural and environmental awareness through art and teamwork.
To vote, visit art4agriculture. Voting closes November 7.