Year of Love Poster Design Contest

Posted on Friday May 29, 2020

Each year, in accordance with our board’s strategic plan, Discovery 2023, Renewing the Vision, we are tasked with developing an annual focus on a board-wide spiritual them in New Evangelization to be celebrated across the system. We are just completing our Year of Hope and will be moving into the 2020-21 spiritual theme, the Year of Love. This theme is based on the following scripture passage:  

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than this.” ~Mark 12:30-31~ 
To assist us with messaging for this upcoming spiritual theme, we are inviting all students in Grades 7-12 to submit a poster design that will be used for communication across our system in the 2020-21 Year of Love. 
Completed poster designs and their accompanying explanations are to be emailed to: and must be received by 4:00 pm on Friday, June 19, 2020
A selection committee will notify the artists with the winning submission by June 25th, 2020. Attached is the criteria for this poster design contest. Thank you for your help with sharing this exciting opportunity with our Grade 7-12 students.
2020-21 Spiritual Theme, Year of Love, Poster Design Contest Eligibility
This poster design contest is open to all Grade 7-12 Durham Catholic District School Board students. Entries should be submitted on an individual basis. No shared work is permitted.
Entry Deadline Entries must be submitted to by 4:00 pm on Friday, June 19, 2020
Poster Requirements Objective
• Design a poster to represent our spiritual theme for the 2020-21 the Year of Love, based on the scripture passage noted above.
Poster designs should contain:
• The name of the spiritual theme for the year (Year of Love)
• The associated scripture passage, or part of it
• A small credit line with the student’s name is allowed Poster Size
• Posters must be vertical, measuring either 8 ½ X 11 or 11 X 17
• Any mixed media suitable for the reproduction as a poster is allowed, including computer-generated graphics.
• Posters must be two-dimensional.
• All posters must be original art. No trademarked or copyrighted images or phrases should be used, with the exception of the associated scripture passage. Submission Format
• Digital designs should be submitted as a 300dpi- jpeg, PDF or ai (illustrator) file.
Poster Design Explanation
All submissions should include an explanation of your design, explaining the symbolism and why you made the artistic choices that you did. Below is the poster that was used for communication purposes by our school board throughout the focus on the spiritual theme of 2019-20, which was the Year of Hope. Beside the poster is the artist’s explanation of their design choices. It was designed by Brother Mickey, a Religious Brother in the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.
See picture attached for sample of explanation.
The winning submission will be digitally reproduced to create the Year of Love promotional materials.

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