Queensland conducts an annual Orienteer of the Year (OY) competition for members with nine to eleven designated events held during the year where competitors can gain points from their performances, with their best five results counting towards an overall total. These events aim to be conducted to a high technical standard and are generally held on maps that offer competitive challenges. A handicap system operates to establish the best results across all courses, ages and sex. There is a formula which has weighting for all of these factors, which is applied to a competitor's time to give them points out of a possible 200, depending on how far behind the winner they are. Competitors can choose to do any course they wish to depending on their level of fitness and ability at the time of the event.
Perpetual awards currently made for the:
- Best Junior (18 years and younger)
- Best Male
- Best Female
There are 8 non-perpetual trophies given to the male and female in each category:
- Junior (18 years and younger)
- Senior (19-34)
- Veteran (over 35's)
- Super veteran (over 60)
Two encouragement awards are made to the most improved scores from those who have not won another category and up to four trophies are made for the best OY Performances for the Moderate, Easy and Very Easy classes.