Participation - Terms

“Graphic Design, Challenging the Perception”
3rd International Poster Contest by Graphic Stories Cyprus
Participate in the poster contest!
Create and see printed, your own postal card!

€2000 Total Worth of Prizes

Graphic Stories Cyprus invites all the creative people to take part in the international poster contest titled “Graphic Design, Challenging the Perception” and to see their work printed, by creating their own postal card. The international contest is part of the 5th Conference on Graphic Design and Visual Communication in Cyprus that will take place between 15-17 of March 2019.
The creative idea
Design is the common language of millions of people on earth, owes its power and effectiveness to the diversity of its creators, their particular perception and their heterogeneous roots, but knows no boundaries, commitments, religions or green lines. Design has become the most powerful means by which man can shape his environment and thereby, society and himself and cause a real change. Graphic Design has the power to shape, influence, challenge, and eventually change the common perception, the way we see, understand or interpret something. Graphic Design requires creativity and imagination, and these are based on perception. What we perceive is more than what our eyes or ears bring to our brains, it is a product of our own mind. Perception is a combination of what we see, our past experience, and our particular view of a situation.
It is also the ability to see, hear or understand something through our senses and then interpret it using logic, emotion or in any other way, ultimately producing a mental impression.
Perception is not static, but it is altered and shaped, influenced by a number of factors. Visual communication designers have not only the right tools and knowledge but also the responsibility to challenge, influence and change the common perception.
The theme of the contest, “Graphic Design, Challenging the Perception”, as well as the respective exhibition, aim to highlight and promote the value of Graphic Design in terms of shaping and challenging the common perception. Participants in the contest are invited to visualize their thoughts, ideas and concerns about Design's power to shape and challenge the perception, they are asked to challenge the perception.
1. International distinction for professional visual communication designers 

Prize: A fonts collection worth of 500euro from Parachute & 
300euro from the Bank of Cyprus 

2. International distinction for higher education students (university or college) of visual communication

Prize: A fonts collection worth of 500euro from Parachute & 
300euro from the Bank of Cyprus

3. Cypriot distinction for higher education students (university or college) of visual communication

Prize: 200euro from the Bank of Cyprus 

4. Cypriot distinction for Lyceum and Technical School students

Prize: 200euro from the Bank of Cyprus

The submission of projects can only be done electronically by email from the 15th of September until the 30th of November 2018.
1. Dimensions: The theme should be vertically designed (portrait) and delivered as a digital file. The dimensions must be 50x70cm for the poster and the same artwork, adapted to 10x14cm for the card postal.
2. Format / Resolution: The design should have 300dpi resolution, color mode CMYK, format .pdf and is necessary to attach a jpg file for use in the web.
3. A prerequisite is to indicate the title of the contest in English “Graphic Design, Challenging the Perception” and the "Graphic Stories Cyprus" logo in some place in the poster.
4. The logo of Graphic Stories Cyprus can be downloaded from here: 
5. Each participant can submit only one design.
6. For your participation to be valid, you will need to download, full-fill and attach, along with your poster, the participation form, which you will find here:

Submission Procedure
The submission of the projects starts on the 15th of September 2018 and will end on the 30th of November 2018. Entries must be sent by email to: stating in the title of the email the category of participation as follows:
1. International participation: professional visual communication designers
2. International participation: higher education students of visual communication
3. Cypriot participation: higher education students of visual communication
4. Cypriot participation: high school and technical school students.

Higher education Students in Cyprus can participate in the same time, with the same poster in both categories [2, 3].

Each file should be named following the scheme "contest_name_surname" for the poster participating in the contest and "cp_name_surname" for the card postal, as well as the file extension.

The e-mail, must necessarily include the following information: 
1. The subject must include the title "3rd Contest GSC – Perception" and the category to which the project is submitted as stated above.
2. The poster 50x70cm and its adaptation for the card postal 10x14cm as mentioned above.
3. The full-filed participation form.
4. The following statement: "The elements used for the creation of my project are original and do not include third parties intellectual property. With my participation in the contest I accept the terms and conditions of the contest and I grant the rights of free use of my work to the organizers of Graphic Stories Cyprus ".

1. Entries that do NOT have all the required information filled in or do not respect the conditions of the contest will NOT be considered valid.
2. The public display of the submitted works is not allowed prior to the announcement of the winners.
3. The distinguished artists will be announced publicly on the day of the opening of the exhibition.
4. Participations whose content can be considered offensive or insulting or unrelated to the theme of the contest will not be considered valid.
5. The winners and distinguished designers grant the right of free use of their project to the organizers of Graphic Stories Cyprus, with the signature of the author.
6. The prizes will be given to the winners directly from our sponsors.
7. The organizers and the jury reserve the right to cancel the contest.
8. The submitted projects should not contain personal information of the designers.
9. The contest is open to higher education students and professional visual communication designers for the International Contest. Higher education students and students of lyceums and technical schools for the Cypriot Contest.
10. The contributors, creative contributors and the members of the jury of Graphic Stories Cyprus can not participate in the contest, volunteers are excluded.

All valid projects received will be printed as card postal, 10x14cm, and will be given to the public of Graphic Stories Cyprus during the three-day event.

The best 50 posters will be exhibited at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and the inauguration will take place on the 15th of March 2019, after the end of the Conferences' lectures.

Good luck! 


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