Open Call Coloring Book Illustration Contest

The title of the book is "Professions without limits. Breaking down gender stereotypes"

05 January 2024
Open Call Coloring Book Illustration Contest
Embajada Rebirth Tercer Paraíso

We are looking for creative and inspiring illustrations that represent the freedom and power that girls have to choose their own profession without the limitations set up by gender stereotypes. 

The illustrations should show the unlimited poten- tial that all people have to achieve their goals. If you love drawing and illustration, this is your chance to make a difference in the world of coloring books and pro- mote gender equality from an early age.

A coloring book can be a powerful tool for starting conversations, demystifying stereotypes, and enabling girls, boys, teens, and youth to embrace their identity authentically and without taboos. The result will be a free, playful and educational material that can also function as a work tool and hobby for any age.

Several organizations came together to bring this contest to life: Tercer Paraíso Cuba, CARE International, UNICEF, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Galleria Continua. After a first edition in 2021 with the OSS Coloring Illustra- tion Contest, launched during the pandemic with the aim of creating a playful tool for families, it has become an excellent means of communication on the Sustainable Development Goals around the world. This new coloring book aims to promote meaningful change through education and awareness raising.

INSTRUCTIONS

1.    The contest is open to creative people of all ages, with no restrictions on nationality or geographic location.
2.    Participants under the age of 18 must have parental or legal guardian consent to participate. Submission of illustrations implies that such consent has been obtained.
3.    Each participant may submit a maximum of three illustrations for the coloring book.
4.    Illustrations must be original and must not have won awards or been previously published.
5.    Illustrations must be line drawings, in digital or scanned format.
6.    Letter-size sheets (21.6 cm x 27.9 cm or 8.5 x 11 inches) must be used.
7.    Illustrations must be done vertically, with a resolution of: 300 dpi (3 295 x 2 551 px).
8.    The following formats will be accepted: jpg, png, tiff or pdf.
9.    Illustrations must be designed in black and white, considering that they will be colored later.
10.    Each work must be accompanied by a title and a brief description of the idea or concept behind the illustration.
11.    The period for submitting illustrations runs from November 25 to January 8, 2024. Any submissions after the deadline will not be considered.
12.    You can work collectively, individually or in pairs.

SELECTION PROCEDURES AND AWARDS


1.    Jury members are illustration experts and gender equality advocates. This team will evaluate all illustrations received and select those that best represent the fight against gender stereotypes, targeting girls, boys, teenagers, and youth.
2.    The winning illustrations will be collected in a digital coloring book; the credits of the person who created the illustration will be mentioned on each page.


HOW TO APPLY

Send your illustrations by e-mail to tercerparaisocuba@gmail.com with the subject line Illustration Contest 2023.
Attach the illustrations in digital format along with the requested information (full name, contact phone number, country and city of residence, title of the illustration and description of the idea or concept).

Make sure your illustrations meet the format and size requirements above.

Note: By submitting your illustration, you agree to assign reproduction rights to it for inclusion in the coloring book and in any promotional materials related to the contest.

Media contacts

Tamara Roselló Reina
Oficial de Comunicaciones
UNICEF Cuba
Tel: +5372086307
Tel: +5372089791

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