On November 10th, we held our annual T.M. Awards Night—a night to celebrate all our students and all the amazing things they accomplished over the course of the year. And what a night it was! We have so much talent at The Masters Institute of Creative Education, and a small taste of it was on display at the Awards Night.

Each year, we open entries for seventeen different student awards. We had tons of entries this year and as always, it was a tough decision. But our judges, an incredible group of esteemed creatives and industry professionals, narrowed down all the stunning entries to just a few worthy winners. 


Emerging Designer of the Year

Sponsored by Super Cheap Fabrics and Fashion Author Marisa Ferraro

Winner: Chiara Mills

Entrepreneurial Business Student of the Year

Sponsored by Marisa Ferraro

Winner: Amanda Yoriaka


Full-time Hairdressing Student of the Year

Sponsored by HairCo Hair and Beauty Supplies

Winner: Jasmine Molina-Palomares

Runner-up: Shannon Deppler

Salon T.M. Student of the Year

Sponsored by Dario Cotroneo DCI Education

Winner: Anthony Phuc Nguyen

Hairdressing Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by Haircare Australia

Winner: Emily Louise Mott—Kleo Nikki Hair Salon

Runner-up: Letesha Ashcroft—Toni and Guy Georges

Third place: Alisha Cannizarro—Chelleon for Hair

VET Hairdressing Student of the Year

Sponsored by Haircare Australia

Winner: Jessica Barron

Barber of the Year

Sponsored by Salon Mart

Winner: Alexander Mirabella—Snips of London

Salon-based Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by Excellent Edges

Winner: Ashley Thompson—Rokk Ebony Glen Waverley

Winner: Daniel Collins—Edwards and Co Fitzroy

Runner-up: Katie Mochrie—Rokk Ebony South Melbourne

Third place: Danyca Moyle—Oscar Oscar Southland


Masters of Colour

Sponsored by Belinda Keeley Education

Winner: Katie Mochrie—Rokk Ebony South Melbourne


Runner-up: Claudia Fox—Rokk Ebony Mentone

Third place: Kate Weppner—Rokk Ebony Toorak


Diploma of Beauty Therapy Student of the Year

Sponsored by Advanced Skin Technology

Winner: Chloe Murphy

Runner-up: Claudia Mercuri

Third place: Susan Martinez


VET Beauty Student of the Year

Sponsored by ElleeBana

Winner: Kayleigh Horan



Diploma of Screen & Media Makeup Student of the Year

Sponsored by MAC PRO

Winner: Madeline Hogan

Runner-up: Kellsie Callista


Met Gala-inspired competition

Sponsored by Shu Uemura Art of Hair

Winner: Chiara Reece—Rokk Ebony

Runner-up: Ashley Thompson—Rokk Ebony

Third place: Melitta Fernandez—Rokk Ebony


Coachella-inspired competition

Sponsored by Lorna Evans

Winner: Samantha Redman—Rokk Ebony

Runner-up: Aprina Gobin—The Masters Institute Of Creative Education/Rokk Ebony


Masters of Social Media

Sponsored by Sharon Blain

Winner: Katie Mochrie

Runner-up: Caitlyn Black

Third place: Tayla Bourke

Face of The Masters

Sponsored by Redken

Winner: Aprina Gobin

Runner-up: Tayla Bourke

Third place: Kate Weppner

A huge congratulations to all our students who entered, placed, and won! And, of course, Awards Night is never possible without our fantastic sponsors.


We’re also super grateful to the brands that contributed to our goodie bags this year. These are all brands that we love and really believe in, so we were more than happy to include them in our night!


Bondi Wash

Bondi Wash products are made from all-natural, Australian ingredients. They smell incredible and are totally plant-based!



Redken are industry leaders in hair care and styling, with innovative products that will leave your locks deliciously healthy and luscious. 



Inglot Cosmetics are gorgeous, fun, and great quality—plus, they won’t break the bank with their special offers and amazing prices.


Lavish Skin Clinic

Lavish is an incredible beauty and skin salon in Toorak. They offer an innovative, science-based approach to beauty services.