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Persephone Art Contest

This form will open on February 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM MST until March 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM MST.

The annual Mascot Art Contest is back again for Otafest 2014. The theme this year is Japanese high school. There are many options with this theme, and anything from traditional school girl outfits to various club uniforms are fair game. All entries will be published on the main website. Some or possibly all entries will be published in the Otafest 2014 guidebook.

For more information on Persephone please click here. For a look at past contest submissions and winners please click here.

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@otafest.com.

Contest and File Specifications:

  • All entries should feature Otafest’s main mascot, Persephone.
  • Your entry should be without a background and should be a full body shot with no body parts cut off.
  • Persephone can be depicted with or without her wings and scythe. Do not feel forced to add either of these features if they do not add to your entry.
  • The files must be a high quality transparent PNG format (PNGs can only be done on RGB color format).
  • 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 will be accepted so long as they are received as a transparent high quality PNG file. Since contest winners may be used for advertising and branding, digital art is preferred but not required.
  • Your entry must be saved in the format Firstname_Lastname_Otafest_2014_Persephone_Contest.png.
  • Up to two entries will be accepted per participant.
  • Content must be appropriate for all ages as Otafest is a family friendly convention.
  • Members of the Otafest art team are NOT allowed to enter this contest.
  • In an effort to better understand your design, Otafest will require a short rational to be submitted with your entry (250 words maximum). This rational should explain your artwork and help Otafest staff better judge your artwork by letting us know exactly what you wanted to portray. Should you win, this rational may be published along with your entry in the guidebook, so please write formally.
  • All entries need to be submitted online on the form found at the bottom of this page.


Deadlines and Grading:

The official deadline for Otafest Aurora's mascot contest is March 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM MST.

  • 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.


Prizes:

There will be three winners, with a prize for first place, runner-up, and honorable mention.

  • First place will win a VIP pass, an Otafest 2014 t-shirt, an Otafest 2014 lanyard, and a $100 gift certificate to be redeemed in the Otafest vendors room and/or for official Otafest merchandise.
  • The runner-up will win a weekend admission, an Otafest 2014 t-shirt, an Otafest 2014 lanyard, and a $50 gift certificate to be redeemed in the Otafest vendors room and/or for official Otafest merchandise.
  • The honorable mention will win a weekend admission, an Otafest 2014 t-shirt, and an Otafest 2014 lanyard.
Optional, and will be used in place of your real name if provided
Accepted file types: PNG. Max Size: 25 MB
Files must be less than 25 MB.
Allowed file types: png.
Accepted file types: PNG. Max Size: 25 MB
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png.