TROY — Students start your creative engines. Last week, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) launched its 28th annual poster contest that is open to all Michigan students enrolled in grades 10 through 12.
Cash prizes will be awarded to 16 winners. The entry deadline is November 24.
Winning posters will be displayed at NAIAS 2016 in Detroit and reproduced in the official NAIAS program, which is available to all auto show attendees. Winning posters will also be displayed on the official NAIAS website.
Contest entry posters must be original artwork, 18”x24” in size, two-dimensional and camera ready. The poster theme must be automotive related, and any mixed media suitable for reproduction as a poster is allowed, including computer-generated graphics. Posters must contain all of the following copy: “NAIAS 2016,” “Detroit” and “Cobo Center.”
The poster contest was established to engage the creative minds of Michigan’s high school students and encourage careers in automotive design. For the 2015 contest, NAIAS received 781 entries from 58 high schools across the state.
“I’m continually amazed by the talent and creativity participating students exhibit in their designs,” said Paul Sabatini, chairman NAIAS 2016. “The judging panel really enjoys viewing all the unique submissions to see how these students view the auto show.”
An independent panel of judges, including College for Creative Studies instructors, automaker designers and State Farm representatives, will review the 2016 submissions and select the winning posters.
Winners will be chosen in the following 16 categories:
• Chairmen’s Award – $1,000
• State Farm Award – $1,000
• Designer’s Best of Show: Digital – $500
• Designer’s Best of Show: Traditional – $500
• Best Theme – $250
• Best Use of Color – $250
• Most Creative – $250
• 1st Place: 10th Grade – $500
• 1st Place: 11th Grade – $500
• 1st Place: 12th Grade – $500
• 2nd Place: 10th Grade – $250
• 2nd Place: 11th Grade – $250
• 2nd Place: 12th Grade – $250
• 3rd Place: 10th Grade – $100
• 3rd Place: 11th Grade – $100
• 3rd Place: 12th Grade – $100
To view official rules, visit the Poster Contest page on the NAIAS website at naias.com/2016- show/contests/poster-contest.aspx
Now in its 28th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world. It is one of the largest media events in North America, and the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world.
The 2016 NAIAS show will be open to the public from Saturday, January 16 through Sunday, January 24. — R.S.