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Aurora Art Contest

This form will open on June 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM MST until October 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM MST.

Otafest is now holding a contest for artists who wish to draw our second mascot, Aurora. This year our theme for Otafest Aurora is Ballet. For biographical information regarding Aurora, please click here.
See examples of previous winners here.
We really want our artists to showcase their creativity and talent while bringing Aurora's personality to light. All contest submissions are valuable to us, and you can be ensured that your entry will be posted online for our Otafest community to see regardless of how you place.
If you are interested in entering our contest please read the information contained below, if you have any further questions please feel free to email community @

Contest and File Specifications:

  • All entries should feature the mascot without a background. In addition, she must be done with a full body shot with none of the body parts cut off.
  • The files must be a high quality transparent PNG format (PNGs can only be done on RGB color format). Click here if you're unsure how to create a transparent PNG file.
  • Picture dimensions must be greater than 1000 x 1000 pixels. Maximum canvas size and orientation is strictly up the individual artist for their own quality purposes.
  • All art mediums and styles are accepted so long as it received in a transparent high quality PNG file.
  • In an effort to better understand your design, Otafest will require a short description explaining the artwork (250 words maximum). The purpose of this description is to help the Otafest staff better judge your piece of work, by letting us know exactly what you wanted to portray in your piece.
  • Your entry must be saved in the format Firstname_Lastname_2013_Otafest_Aurora_Contest.png.
  • Otafest staff members are NOT allowed to enter the contest.
  • Up to two entries will be accepted per participant.
  • Artists wanting to be referenced as an alias instead of their legal name may do so by filling out an alias in the online form.
  • All entries need to be submitted online on the form found at the bottom of this page.

Deadlines, Grading Guidelines, and Prize:

  • The official deadline for Otafest Aurora's mascot contest is October 25th, 2013 at 11:59 PM.
  • Entries will be judged by attention to detail, creativity and originality, and technical skills. There will be a scoring rubric to make sure all scoring is as objective as possible.
  • All winning entries will be contacted via email/phone, upon multiple failed contact attempts alternative winners will be selected.
  • This year the Aurora art contest will have two winners, a prize for first place, and runner-up:
    1. First place will win an Otafest Aurora Gala pass, an Otafest Aurora Hoodie, and a $100 gift certificate to be redeemed in the Otafest Aurora vendors room and/or for official Otafest merchandise.
    2. The runner-up will win an Otafest Aurora festival admission, an Otafest Aurora Hoodie, and a $50 gift certificate to be redeemed in the Otafest Aurora vendors room and/or for official Otafest merchandise.

Remember, if you have any questions feel free to contact us at community @

Accepted file types: PNG. Max Size: 25 MB
Accepted file types: PNG. Max Size: 25 MB