BO it! International Illustration Contest 2023

BO it! International Illustration Contest 2023

BOit! is an international illustration contest open to creative people from every background.

The project wants to promote creative work, facilitate networking and exchange between artists, including non-professional artists and people belonging to protected categories. In each edition, artists are asked to propose their vision of the city of Bologna addressing the chosen topic along with a “shape”.

In each edition, artists are asked to propose their vision of the city of Bologna addressing the chosen topic along with a “shape”

 Download HERE the template and make an illustration, graphic interpretation or decorative motif inside and/or outside the shape (inside the square), in free technique.

The “shape” of the third edition of the contest represents the outline of the city of Bologna: the ancient border of the city, its walls, with a particular kind of polygonal outline, also known as cresta or circla.

The theme of this edition focuses on climate change and carbon neutrality.

You can submit up to 3 illustrations.

The jury, composed of illustration and visual communication experts and representatives of sponsoring institutions, will select 30 artworks, including three winners (one of the prizes will be reserved for an artist in the protected categories) by June 2023.

2023 Edition

The international call is open to everyone, no age limit and it is possible to participate individually or collectively. The jury will select 30 artworks, including three winners (one of the prizes will be reserved for an artist in the protected categories).

The “shape” of the third edition of the contest represents the outline of the city of Bologna (“cresta” or “circla”) which recalls the cell of a beehive.

The theme of this edition focuses on climate change and carbon neutrality. Along with 100 other cities, Bologna is selected to become a carbon neutral city by 2030. Thanks to the powerful and original contributions of image creators entering the contest, the project wants to promote the city’s image beyond it’s limits.

Prizes

1) First Prize Sconfinando Bologna | € 800 and a solo exhibition at the Millennium Gallery in Bologna at Palazzo Gnudi on a date to be determined (by May 2024).

2) Second Prize Un segno d’impatto with the sponsorship of zeroCO2 | € 500,00

3) Third Prize | A voucher to the value of 200€ for the purchase of fine arts instruments and materials

4) Audience award | the first prize in BO it! history to be granted by the citizens of Bologna themselves.

The winning illustrations will be published in the Annual 2024 of Image Authors Association (AI), partner of BOit! International Contest

The selected works, along with the three winning works, may receive special mentions and will be exhibited to the public in a collective exhibition. The selected artworks will also be published in a catalog and will circulate around Italy through a traveling exhibition in bookstores throughout 2023-24. Each selected illustrator will be honored with the adoption of a tree by zeroCO2

The competition is free to enter.

Deadline: 15 May 2023

website: – BO it! (bo-it.org)

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