28th Chaumont Graphic Design Biennial
Le Signe, centre national du graphisme
International Poster Competition 2019
Rules and regulations
Deadline for sending the posters (postmark date is deemed proof) : 11 February 2019
The international poster competition of Chaumont was launched in 1990 in order to value poster design on an international scale. The posters sent in by the designers for the competition are at the origin of a collection that now includes more than 45000 pieces conserved in Chaumont.
The quality of the contemporary poster collections of Chaumont, associated with a collection of illustrated posters from the late 19th century and the vitality of the 27 editions of an annual festival have allowed for the creation of a permanent venue in Chaumont entirely dedicated to graphic design: le Signe, centre national du graphisme, that opened its doors in October 2016.
The presentation of the Chaumont International Poster Competition will take place in 2019 during the 28th Graphic Design Biennial organized by le Signe, centre national du graphisme (Center National of Graphic Design) from 23 May to 9 June 2019.
The international poster competition is intended for all professionals, independent or employee, working for the public or private sector, regardless of their age, status or nationality. The posters must have been commissioned or have lived in a real context (e.g. a demonstration).
Considering screens as a new medium for poster display, “animated posters” may be submitted to the appreciation of the jury under the condition that they have been commissioned. Whether it is a loop or an interactive object, the URL where the jury can consult these posters intended for screens must be mentioned in the appropriate field.
The organisation reserves the right to refuse projects containing elements that are hateful, obscene, discriminating, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, sexist or inciting to racial hatred. Any entry containing such elements shall be disqualified.
Date of creation criteria
Only posters that were created within the last three years, i.e. 2017, 2018 and 2019 can be entered in the competition, regardless of their subject, their dimensions, their commissioners and the number of authors involved in the creation.
Posters that have already been entered in preceding editions of the competition cannot be considered a second time for this present edition.
The authors have the possibility of presenting posters as individual works or as series constituting a set ( a series of several pieces corresponds to one work). Each participant in the competition can enter up to three projects. The on-line form makes this distinction possible.
Jury and exhibition
An international jury composed four qualified personalities or studios, renowned in the field of graphic design comes together in Chaumont for several days in order to consider the posters entered by the participants. The jury selects approximately 100 posters that will be exhibited during the Biennial and chooses three posters or series of posters that will receive the mentions of “Grand Prix”, “Prix Espoir” and “Prix du Public” of the Chaumont International Poster Competition”
The selection is entirely made by the jury based on printed posters physically received in Chaumont. No printed poster can be selected merely based on a digital file or a photograph.
Prizes and ceremony
The jury members of the 28th edition of the Chaumont International Poster Competition shall designate three award winning posters corresponding to three cash prizes.
The authors of the prizewinning posters will receive the following sums (in Euros):
- 3000 € for the Grand Prix
- 1500 € for the Prix Espoir
- 1000 € for the Prix du Public
Description of the prizes :
The Grand Prix rewards the poster or series whose visual, formal, experimental, informative, editorial, sensitive qualities have been acclaimed by the jury for its contribution to graphic design;
The Prix Espoir highlights a poster or a series by a young author whose creation has been praised as exemplary in the context of a commission;
The Prix du Public allows everyone to acknowledge an outstanding poster of the international selection by an online vote.
A poster or a series cannot be awarded more than one prize.
The awards ceremony will take place in Chaumont on Saturday, 25 May 2019.
Copyrights and material property
The participant also declares having read and accepted the terms of the assignment and exploitation pertaining to the works received, in compliance with the terms of the Copyright Assignment Agreement in the appendix of the present rules and regulations (appendix 1). All the works received for the International competition are subject to a manual donation to the Town of Chaumont (appendix 2)
These two appendices ( manual donation and copyright assignment agreement) generated by the on-line registration recording the list of works sent in with their numbering and the information requested must be included in the poster package.
The posters selected by the jury for the Biennial exhibition may enter the collections of the Town of Chaumont upon decision or order, if they are accompanied by the letter of understanding and the manual donation. The posters that are not selected for the exhibition may also enter the collections, depending on the number of posters received, the storage capacity of le Signe, centre national du graphisme et according to a collection development scheme left to the judgement of the Signe team. The authors of the posters kept in Chaumont will be informed by email. No posters will be sent back to the participants.
How to register
In order to participate in the competition, register on-line on the website of le Signe and follow the instructions :
- accept the present rules and regulations
- print out and sign the document « Copyright Assignment Agreement »
- print out and sign the document “manual donation”
- send your poster(s) by attaching the documents “Copyright Assignment Agreement” and “manual donation” to the consignment
Shipment and reception of the posters
The deadline for sending the posters to the competition is 11 February 2019, postmark date is deemed proof. Any poster sent after the deadline for sending shall not be considered for the international poster competition. Le Signe, centre national du graphisme à Chaumont disclaims any liability in case of loss or damage to the posters sent to the competition.
The posters must not be framed or pasted on cardboard. They must be carefully protected, without staples or tape on the posters for the shipment, that is paid for by the participant. No other document is to be pasted on the posters. The organizers disclaim any liability in case of loss or damage to the consignments.
The shipping costs of the works as well as any possible customs duties are paid for by the participants. The organizers reserve the right to refuse any work sent in with a declared value for which duties are payable.
In order to avoid any customs duties, indicate the following on your package:
“printed matter, without commercial value”
Shipping address :
Concours international d’affiches
Le Signe, Centre National du Graphisme
Le Pôle des Expositions et des Collections [The Exhibitions and Curating Department]
1, place Emile Goguenheim
Finalisation of the registration
Send the package(s):
Including the posters and the two appendices duly dated and signed
Bearing the mention “printed matter, without commercial value”
By Saturday 11 February 2019 (postmark date is deemed proof)
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