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Over the last three years, Australians have won twice. Can another Australian take top honours this year?

Samuel Adeloju prepares to fire the Longreach out to sea.
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The James Dyson Award is an international design award for student industrial designers and engineers. It is a chance to pitch and demonstrate amazing new ideas and potentially win funding to help bring that idea to life. Entries are open to university level product design, industrial design and engineering students and those who have graduated in the past four years.

This year sees a significant increase in prize funding on offer, with national winners receiving £2000, the International Winner receiving £30,000 and their school to receive £10,000.

In 2010 and 2011, two Australian designers won the Award. In 2010, Samuel Adeloju won with his "Longreach" product, a buoyancy aid that could be shot 150m out to sea to save lives. In 2011, Edward Linnacre won with the "Airdrop", a low-technology irrigation system that harvests water from air.

Entries for the 2013 awards close Thursday, 1 August. Entrants can submit videos, images and sketches of their design through the James Dyson Award website.

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