NEILL O’NEILL CREATIVITY AWARDS
Please ensure you read these rules carefully before entering the competition.
Entry implies acceptance of all the rules and failure to comply may result in disqualification.
Opening and closing dates:
Competition opens 9am, Monday, February 4, 2019
Entries close 5pm, Friday, March 29, 2019
Winners announced in The Mayo News, Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (Please note new date, due to large volume of entries.)
Entrants are invited to submit work under the theme ‘What Mayo Means to Me’. This theme must be reflected in the work, though entrants are free to place a different title on their artwork.
The work must be accompanied by a short explanation (between 50 and 200 words) as to how the artwork reflects the competition’s theme, ‘What Mayo Means to Me’. This should be submitted as part of the cover letter (see Submissions).
Open to anyone who lives or has lived in Mayo, or who has a strong connection to the county.
Mayo News employees, columnists and freelancers are not eligible to enter. Judges and their immediate families are also ineligible.
Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: Quality of execution, design, composition and technique; overall impression of the art and how well it represents the competition theme.
The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into. Judges are unable to comment on individual entries.
Artwork must be delivered/posted to The Mayo News office, The Fairgreen, Westport, Co Mayo, no later than 5pm, Friday, March 29. The opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. (Closed for lunch from 1pm to 2pm.) A photograph or scanned image of an original artwork will not be considered.
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.
One entry per individual.
Notification of receipt of entry will normally be by email.
No feedback will be provided to unsuccessful entrants.
The work must be accompanied by a cover letter that should includes the entrant’s full name, the title of the work, the medium used, and the entrant’s email address, postal address, phone number and (where appropriate) school and class or year.
The artwork must be two-dimensional. Three-dimensional work / digital installations unfortunately cannot be accepted.
Entries should be no smaller than A4 (29.7cm x 21.0cm) and no larger than A2 (59.4cm x 42.0cm) before they are mounted (mounting is entirely optional). Please submit the artwork in flat format only; it should not be rolled, folded or framed.
The Mayo News and the judges do not accept liability for loss or damage of works. The Mayo News is not responsible for returning entries to entrants. Those who wish to pick up their artwork after the competition can do so by calling to The Mayo News office during its opening hours, any time between May 13 and May 31.
All cover letters must be submitted in the English language.
Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted, nor substitutions made.
By submitting artwork, the entrant gives The Mayo News the unrestricted right to exhibit / publish the artwork.
Winner, National School category: €200 and trophy for the artist; publication of the artwork in The Mayo News and on mayonews.ie; profile of school in The Mayo News and on mayonews.ie.
Winner, Secondary School category: €300 and trophy for the artist; publication of the artwork in The Mayo News and on mayonews.ie; profile of school in The Mayo News and on mayonews.ie.
Winner, Adult (over 18s) category: €500 and trophy for the artist; publication of the artwork in The Mayo News and on mayonews.ie; 12-month subscription to The Mayo News digital edition.
AWARDS CEREMONY & EXHIBITION
The winning entrants will be presented with their awards at a special awards ceremony, to be held shortly after the winners are announced. Their work, and a judge-led selection of other entries, will also form part of an exhibition to be run after the winners have been announced.