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ART COMPETITION

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Be Yourself

 

Deaf Children Australia's inaugural art competition is dedicated to supporting, promoting, and nurturing deaf and hard-of-hearing youth in their pursuit of creativity and self-expression. The theme is "This Is Me"  and is an amazing opportunity for 12 to 23 year-olds to showcase their talents. Our team is accepting a wide variety of submissions for this competition working to the theme - both visual and digital art.

Our competition has two separate age divisions: one for ages 12 - 17, and one for ages 18 - 23. If you'd like to participate, then feel free to download our Submission Form and get creative!

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Visual Art

Visual Art submissions consist of artworks that need to be mailed in or delivered, and may include the following:

  • Sketches

  • Paintings

  • Photography

  • Street Art

  • Sculpture

  • Pottery

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Digital Art

Digital Art submissions consist of artworks that can be sent online or via email, and may include the following:​

  • Video Art

  • Graphic Novels

  • Animation

  • Digital Illustration

  • Scanned Images

  • Photos

How to Enter

 

To enter the "This is Me" art competition, you will need to submit your artwork with a submission form. It is important this form is filled in as, without it, we will not be able to contact you if you win! You can access the submission form by clicking on the button to the right.

Also, remember to include your age and your work's type in the Artist's Statement form, so we can ensure you are able to compete against your peers.

Submissions close at 11:59 pm on the 18th of October 2021, so make sure to submit on time!

Submission Guidelines

 

In order to be considered, your work will also need to adhere to the following Submission Guidelines for each category. Make sure to read these conditions carefully!

Digital Art

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  1. Digital art submissions must meet the following parameters:

    • No submission can be greater than 300 MB in size.

    • Video submissions can be a maximum of 5 minutes in length.

    • Videos should be submitted as an MP4 file.

    • Images must be constrained to a resolution of 3200 x 3200 at a maximum.

      • Vector submissions are not constrained by this maximum.​

    • Images should be submitted as either a JPG, JPEG, or PNG File.

      • Vector submissions should be submitted as an SVG file.

      • Graphic Novel Submissions can also be submitted as a PDF.

  2. All Physical Submissions should include an Submission Form, which can be downloaded here. 

  3. Artworks including profanity or profane imagery will not be considered.

  4. Digital Artworks should be sent to the Communications team email, included in the Submission Form

  5. If your file is too large to be included in an email, please use https://wetransfer.com/ to submit your work. If you use WeTransfer, remember to send both the Submission Form and your Artwork together, so they do not get lost!

  6. When submitting, include the following details in the subject line: This is Me, the Category (12-17 yrs or 18 to 23 yrs), your First Initial, and your Surname. An example would be: 

    Subject: F. Rose – This is Me, 12 – 17 yrs
     

  7. Artwork submissions must relate, in some way, to the theme of the competition – “This is Me”. Artworks that do not relate to the theme will not be considered.

Visual Art

  1. Physical Visual Art Submissions must be:

    • No greater than 1m or 40 inches in either height, width, or depth.

    • No greater than 40kg in mass, including packaging.

  2. All Physical Submissions should include an Submission Form, which can be downloaded here.

  3. Artworks including profanity or profane imagery will not be considered.

  4. Physical Artworks should be sent to Marketing and Communications at Deaf Children Australia at:

    PO Box 6466 St. Kilda Road, Victoria 8008
     

  5. When submitting, include a return address – in addition to the Contest (This is Me), the Category (12-17 yrs or 18-23yrs), your First Initial, and your Surname. An example would be: 

    343 FJ Road, Melbourne VIC 3004

    This is Me – 12 – 17 yrs
    F. Rose

     

  6. Artwork submissions must relate, in some way, to the theme of the competition – “This is Me”. Artworks that do not relate to the theme will not be considered.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. How long does the art competition run for?    

A. The competition launched on 21 July and submissions close at 11:59pm on 18 October 2021, so make sure you submit your artwork before then! The results of the competition will be announced at an event on the 1st of December 2021 at Deaf Children Australia. 

Q. Who can enter the competition?  

A. If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing and aged from 12 to 23 years, you are eligible to enter the competition! Artists will be separated into two separate divisions: 

  • Ages 12 to 17; and  

  • Ages 18 to 23.  

 

Deaf Children Australia staff members and their direct relatives will not be eligible to enter this competition. 

Q. What should I include with my submission?  

Your submission should include your Artwork and a completed Submission Form. The Submission Form can be downloaded by clicking here.

  

Q. How will I be notified if I win? 

A. By including your email and phone number in your Submission Form, we will be able to notify you if you are selected as a finalist and/or winner. Therefore, it is important you send a Submission Form with your work. Without it, we will be unable to contact you. 

You can download the Submission Form by clicking here

Q. What sorts of artworks can I submit? 

A. For this competition, Artists must submit either a Digital or Visual artwork. This can include: 

Visual Art: Painting, sculpture, drawing, pottery, photography, street art, collages 

Digital Art: Video art, computer-generated imagery, graphic novels, digital or scanned images, computerised drawings, animated work.

If you are not sure about whether your artwork can be submitted, please email our Communications Team using the contact details included on the first page of our Submission Form.

Q. Can I enter multiple submissions into this competition? 

A. You can only submit one artwork.  

 

Q. How do I submit my artwork? 

A. There are a lot of different ways to submit artwork. Depending on the sort of artwork you will be submitting, you should read our Submissions Instruction Guide to make sure you have submitted your work correctly.  

 

If you are struggling to identify how to send your artwork in the Submissions Instruction Guide, please contact our Communications Team using the contact information on the first page of our Submission Form, We will be able to support you with how to submit your artwork. 

 

Q. Can I use artwork I have already created for a competition? 

A. You need to create a new submission for this competition. Do not submit art you have exhibited or used to enter another competition.  

Q. Is there anything that I cannot include in my artwork? 

A. Yes. Deaf Children Australia is an inclusive organisation, so submissions that include ableist, sexist, racist, homophobic, or hateful content will not be considered and will result in a ban from future competitions and promotions.  

We will also not accept artworks that include promotional material. This includes logos, branding, or other forms of visual advertising. Works that contain promotional material will be disqualified. 

Finally, works including profanity, profane items, or profane imagery will not be considered.

 

Q. What if I am not satisfied with the results of the competition? 

A. The decision of our judges is final. Any attempt made to contest or dispute the results of this competition with either Deaf Children Australia staff or our judges will result in instant disqualification and a ban from future competitions.  

Also, any attempt to interfere in the judging process – including attempting to influence the judge’s decision in any way, or canvassing for People’s Choice votes – will result in instant disqualification and a ban from future competitions. This is to ensure the competition remains impartial and fair for all participants. 

Q. What happens if my artwork breaches the terms and conditions? 

A. If your artwork breaches the terms of entry, we will let you know as early as possible. Our team will advise you on the next course of action. However, frequent resubmissions of works that continue to breach the terms of entry will result in a ban from future promotions.