The annual Mascot Art Contest is back again for Otafest 2018! The theme this year is “A Celebration of the Gods“. Think Japanese mythology, textiles, and traditional garb, as Persephone is dressed in the likeness of Amaterasu, the Goddess of the Sun. We encourage you to bring a unique perspective to Persephone and the theme, so do not feel constrained.
For reference, please take a look at Persephone’s biography at the bottom of this page.
Some or possibly all entries will be published in the Otafest 2018 guidebook. If you are interested in entering our contest please read the contest details below. If you have any further questions, feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 composition.
- Please submit your files as high quality transparent PNG (PNGs can only be done on RGB color format).
- Please make your images at a resolution greater than 1000 x 1000 pixels. Maximum canvas size and orientation is strictly up the individual artist.
- All art mediums will be accepted. Since contest winners may be used for advertising and branding, digital art is preferred but not required.
- Please save your entry in the format Firstname_Lastname_Otafest_2018_Persephone_Contest.png.
- Up to two entries will be accepted per participant. Both entries must be submitted at the same time.
- Content must be appropriate for all ages as Otafest is a family friendly convention.
- Otafest staff members and 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 rationale to be submitted with your entry (600 character maximum). This rationale 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 rationale may be published along with your entry in the guidebook, so please write formally.
- All entries must be submitted online on the form found on this page.
Deadlines and Grading
The official deadline for Otafest’s mascot contest is March 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM MT.
- Entries will be scored by a team of judges made up of Otafest staff. 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 a few weeks after the contest has ended. Upon multiple failed contact attempts alternative winners will be selected.
|Nicknames||Seph, Se-chan, Sephy|
|Favorite Food||Crepes with Nutella & Strawberries|
|Favorite Activity||Bikini Sunbathing & Snowboarding|
|Type of Angel||Death|
|Favorite Anime||Urusei Yatsura & Death Note|
Persephone or Seph is the mascot of Otafest. She has served as our mascot since the very beginning in 1999 when the University of Calgary anime club decided to hold a Japanese Animation festival. Seph represents the past: her presence allows us to maintain the history and traditions of Otafest that make our festival so special.
Seph is an angel of death and serves as a guide to those who have passed away to take them to the next world. She is often shown with a scythe. While her job is dark and serious, her personality is a sharp contrast; bubbly, outgoing and full of love. Seph refers to her friends as her “lovers” and writes x’s, o’s, and hearts with her signature. Always willing to answer the questions of her fans, Seph is the voice of Otafest on social media between January and August.
The Art Contest is now closed! Thank you for your entries!