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Poster Design Contest

Students are invited to create a design for this year’s festival poster that captures the spirit of Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival. The poster will be used to publicize the event, and over 5,000 copies will be shared with the RIT and Rochester communities.

Eligibility: Current RIT students; one entry created per student OR a team of 2 students

Prize*: $500 in Tiger Bucks (per team)! (Vendors and locations that accept Tiger Bucks.)

* All awards, prizes, and/or gifts given by RIT are taxable to the recipient, students, and non-students alike.

For Non-resident aliens:
Any awards, prizes, and/or gifts received by a non-resident alien are immediately taxable at 30%.
All non-resident alien prize recipients should contact RIT payroll/accounts payable as soon as possible to make arrangements to pay their tax due upon receipt of the award/prize/gift. A 1042-S document will be issued at year-end to summarize the amount of miscellaneous income that is being reported to the IRS.

For U.S. citizens and/or U.S. resident aliens
Any awards, prizes, and/or gifts received by a U.S. citizen and/or U.S. resident are taxable at TBD%.
All U.S. citizens and/or U.S. resident alien prize recipients will receive a 1099-MISC document from RIT’s payroll/accounts payable, if applicable, at year-end to summarize the amount of miscellaneous income that is being reported to the IRS.

Requirements:

  • Design must accommodate a 13” w x 18” h vertical portrait format.
  • All designs should be produced at a high resolution of 300dpi in CMYK at actual size (suitable for print). Acceptable file formats for online submission are PDF, EPS, JPG, and PNG.
  • Design should not incorporate the official Imagine RIT logo.
  • Design should include the event name (“Imagine RIT”), day and date (“Saturday, April 25, 2020”).
  • Consider our tagline, “Experience the Creativity” (does NOT have to be included in the design)
  • Keep in mind these key target audiences for Imagine RIT: Current RIT students and members of the Rochester community (including K-12 students, RIT alums and their families)
  • Designs entered in prior years are not eligible.
  • Poster design, all photographs, artwork, graphics, or additional copy/text used on the poster design must be completely your own original work and created entirely by you without using existing imagery from print or online. Entries that include elements copied from sources not created by you* will be disqualified.
    * You may include quotations as long as the author is cited.
  • By participating in this contest, participants represent and warrant that (i) the work is original, clear and legible; (ii) the material does not violate the rights of any third parties; (iii) the material is being submitted in good faith and in furtherance of the contest; and (iv) the content does not contain offensive material (as determined by RIT in its sole and absolute discretion in accordance with applicable RIT policies). Notwithstanding these representations and warranties, RIT reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify any entry with or without cause.

Submission Deadline: Extended to Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 11:59pm. Using the Tiger File Exchanger, upload your entry and send it to jhlcmp@rit.edu. Include your name, academic program, hometown, and local mailing address and phone number.

Judging: Members of the RIT community will be invited to vote for their favorite designs. A panel of RIT art/design faculty will weigh in on the top vote getters.

Selection: Popular vote and opinions of the judging panel will be considered, but the final selection rests with President Munson. If none of the submissions are selected, RIT reserves the right to commission an artist to design the official festival poster. RIT reserves the right to use the winning design in other publications (postcards, t-shirts, etc.) if desired.