Time is running out to enter Isle of Man Newspapers’ Design An Ad competition.
The annual competition invites schoolchildren aged five to 16 to create advertisements for local businesses and charities.
This year there are 11 sponsors, each with specific briefs: Isle of Man Creamery, Crossroads Care, Isle of Man Bank, Lloyds Bank, Manx Gas, Manx Petroleum, Manx Telecom, Manx Utilities, ManxSPCA, Shoprite and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.
Interest in Design An Ad has always been high, with entries totalling over 1,750 last year.
The judges will announce a Senior Designer of the Year, selected from entries received in the secondary age group, and a Junior Designer of the Year selected from entries received in the primary age group.
Winners will receive a trophy and book vouchers.
And their school will be presented with £250 towards supplies and a shield to be displayed for 12 months.
In the Junior Designer of the Year category, highly commended and winning students will receive a certificate and the overall island winners from each year will also receive a trophy and book vouchers.
In the Senior Designer of the Year category, every winner will receive a certificate and the overall island winners from each year will also receive a trophy and book vouchers.
Entries in the Senior Designer category must include a written advertising message on their design and points will be awarded for design, quality and selling points.
Winners are notified and invited to a presentation and prize ceremony to take place in June.
It will be attended by sponsors, head teachers and teachers, parents, winning students, and dignitaries from the Department of Education and Children, which supports the competition.
The Design An Ad 2014 supplement is then produced, including photographs of all the sponsors, prize winners, runners-up and the winning advertisements.
Businesses, charities and a government statutory body will sponsor the publishing of the winning advertisements designed for them.
The deadline for entries to be submitted is May 28. Entries will be collated and judged by a selected panel.
Entries should be sent to Isle of Man Newspapers, Peel Road, Douglas, IM1 5ED.
Entry forms have been sent to schools across the island, with sponsors’ design briefs. For more information contact Sally-Ann Franklin-Maiden on 695649.