Calling budding artists - Design an Ad 2013 is here.

TOP DESIGNS: 2012 Senior Designer of the Year Liam Wilson and Junior Designer of the Year Abbie Williams with their shields

TOP DESIGNS: 2012 Senior Designer of the Year Liam Wilson and Junior Designer of the Year Abbie Williams with their shields

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BUDDING designers are being invited to show what they’re made of as Isle of Man Newspapers launches Design An Ad 2013.

The Design An Ad competition invites all school pupils and students, aged five to 16, to create advertisements for local businesses.

Interest in the competition, which covers a requirement under the national curriculum, has always been high – there were more than 1,750 entries last year.

Winners are notified and invited to a presentation and prize ceremony to take place in May.

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 2013 supplement is then published.

This includes photographs of all sponsors, prize winners, runners-up and the winning advertisements.

Local businesses, charities and government divisions taking part in Design An Ad 2013 will sponsor the publishing of the winning advertisements designed for their companies.

This year there are eight sponsors: Shoprite, Manx Telecom, Steam Packet, Manx Co-op, Lloyds TSB/Taylorian, Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation, Isle of Man Bank and Department of Infrastructure’s Waste Management.

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.

They 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.

We ensure that participation is simple for both teachers and pupils, to encourage good entries.

Most entrants produce their designs on plain paper and attach them to the entry form which indicates the proportions of the finished sizes.

The deadline for entries to be submitted is April 22. Entries will be collated and judged by a selected panel.

Entries should be sent to Publishing House, Peel Road, Douglas, IM1 5PZ.

Entry forms are being sent to schools across the island, with sponsors’ design briefs. For more information contact Sally-Ann Franklin-Maiden on 695649.

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