Featured Website: “Graphic Competitions” for Design Students and Professionals

Founded in 1998, Graphic Competitions provides a well organized and comprehensive directory of design-related competitions from around the world that is updated constantly. Graphic Competitions provides details to contests in animation, graphic design, illustration, photography, multiple discipline and even a category specific to student competitions. Visit the site for regular updates regarding contests such as these below:


contest_image-5Plastic Paper 2011
(Deadline Jan. 1, 2011)
Plastic Paper: Winnipeg’s Festival of animated, illustrated + puppet film is an international festival that takes place May 4-7, 2011 at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg, Canada. The festival is one component of the year-round organizational activities of the Big Smash! Film Collective. Plastic Paper’s programming is a mix of premieres, retrospective screenings, short films and features with special guests, workshops, multi-media presentations, installations and exhibits, artist talks, and gatherings where the artists and the audience can interact more informally. Plastic Paper is currently accepting submissions for short and feature-length animated films made after Jan. 1, 2010.


GNOME T-shirt Design Contest
(Deadline Jan. 15, 2011)

contest_image-3The GNOME 3.0 desktop environment is coming in April 2011 and the GNOME Foundation is looking for you to help design a t-shirt that celebrates the GNOME 3.0 release! The GNOME Foundation will then pick up to three winning designs. The GNOME T-Shirt Contest is designed to create up to three new designs for GNOME merchandise to be sold by the GNOME Foundation and promote the GNOME 3.0.

First Place: $100 and two t-shirts with your winning design. One for you and one for a friend!
Second Place: $50 and one t-shirt with your winning design.
Third Place: One t-shirt with your winning design.


Autism Connects Student Design Competition
(Deadline March 30, 2011)

The Autism Connects technology and design competition challenges students to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to better connect with the world around them, and allow individuals who do not have ASD to better understand and connect with those who do.  Think creatively! Although designers may choose to explore web-based, tablet-based, mobile software or hardware solutions, technology-based solutions are not restricted to electrically- powered devices, and may include low-tech, innovative design solutions. Entries may be design concepts or fully realized solutions. The jury will award a grand prize of $5,000 to one individual or team who creates the top entry according to the Expert Panel vote. In addition, Autism Speaks will award creators (or one representative in the case of a team entry) of the top three designs a $1,000 stipend and registration fees to attend the 2011 International Meeting for Autism Research, to be held May 12 to 14, 2011 in San Diego, CA, where they will be invited to present their design concept.

Bentley Student Design Competition 2011
(Deadline March 18, 2011)

The Bentley Student Design Competition gives students an opportunity to explore the crucial and rewarding work of designing, building, operating, and sustaining the world’s infrastructure. At the same time, it encourages them to pursue a course of study that emphasizes math and sciences, which are fundamental to every infrastructure discipline. The Bentley Student Design Competition recognizes innovative and technically advanced projects created by university, technical college, and high school students using Bentley software. Through their hands-on participation in this design work, the students acquire the software knowledge and hone the skills they’ll need as future members of the infrastructure community. Bentley will award a $1,500 scholarship to the winner in each of the categories at the university, college, and community college level, and a $1,000 scholarship to the winner at the technical school and high school level.

Type Design International Student Competition
(Deadline May 31, 2011)

contest_image-2The Polish New Art Foundation Znaczy Się announces an international type design competition for a typeface commemorating the birth centennial of Czesław Miłosz – poet, writer, translator and Nobel laureate. The Znaczy Się Foundation was first imagined, and is now run, by four women who decided that a passive appreciation of art was not enough. For the young and talented, The Polish New Art Foundation Znaczy Się wants to open a platform to show and share their work, to refine technical proficiency and to reach audiences. They want to excite the public about the new art and facilitate contacts between the artists and publishers, industry, business, and to create an independent space for new art created outside existing networks and fashions. The prize is $3,000.


Woman As Photographer International Competition
contest_image-4(Deadline Jan. 24, 2011)

Women have been actively involved with photography since the medium’s inception in 1839. The barriers to their participation were lower than in the other arts, and recognition often came faster. Yet women and their photographs have not been as visible as they should have been in view of their numbers and past influence. This international call for entry invites women from around the world to submit photographs that demonstrate a smart, critical take on women with cameras in this day of a more open and subtle notion of gendered identity. Read more about this contest here.

Cost for Entry: $35 for the first 5 images, $10 each additional.This call is open to photographs taken by women. This call will result in an two week exhibition in March 2011. The best photos will be awarded with the following prizes:

– First Place, $400
– Second Place, $300
– Third Place, $200
– Honorable Mentions(3), $100


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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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