THE winners of the Young Songwriter of the Year Competition are Hannah Parrington and AKA Lui.
There were 12 finalists who performed on the weekend at Southern Cross University.
The competition is run in partnership with headspace Lismore and the Northern Rivers Social Development Council, with the support of Lismore City Council.
NRSDC organiser, Deb Hall, said the competition gave young people a unique opportunity to launch their career.
"The opportunity young people have to win prizes such as studio recording time is made possible by the generosity of SAE Byron Bay, Southern Cross University Lismore and LoveStreet Studios in Currumbin," she said.
"This year our male and female songwriters of the year, Hannah Parrington and AKA Lui, were given the opportunity of playing at Crankfest at the weekend which by all accounts was sensational," she said. "This competition can only get more exciting.
"Our amazing judges who donate their time each year, Darren Bridge, Teddy Rhodes, Luke Vassella and Sarah Jane Loxton, give the competition participants their professional expertise and support a great platform from which to launch a musical career.
"This competition has incredible local support from organisations who every year are generous with their sponsorship, and who make this competition possible."
Aspiring young musician/songwriters can now submit an entry for the 2017 competition.
For more information or to apply, visit the Young Songwriters website.
This year's category winners were:
Female Young Songwriter of the Year - Hannah Parrington
Male Young Songwriter of the Year - AKA Lui
Rock Indie Winner - The Tripps
Runner Up - Schmochsky & Oscy
Highly Commended - Melted Couch
Urban/Electronic Winner - AKA Lui
Runner Up - Cloudsmith
Highly Commended - Moscri$ & The Wrecking Crue (Jackson Reid)
Folk Winner - Jade Rushwood
Runner Up - Mez Batterham
Highly Commended - Sam Handford
Punk/Metal Winner - Ethan Reilly
Runner Up - The Tripps
Pop Winner - Hannah Parrington
Runner Up - Ooga Steam
Highly Commended - Tamra Degotardi