NACA® Northern Plains Regional Graphics Competition
Whether you have participated before or have not, the NACA® Northern Plains Regional Graphics Competition provides an opportunity for member institutions to learn from one another by displaying and recognizing creativity and innovation in publicity and promotion. The submissions are displayed at the regional conference each year. Entries must have backing or they will not be accepted into the competition. Entries may be submitted by an unpaid or paid student.
Unpaid Student (unpaid or stipend positions on the staff) division includes materials designed by students using original or professional artwork.
Paid Student (work study or graphic artist whose primary responsibility is graphics) division includes materials designed by a paid student graphic artist using original or professional artwork as an element within the overall design. The student must have completed the entire layout and design.
Within each of the following categories for judging, submissions will be divided according to whether the student designer was unpaid or paid. Categories are designed to cover a wide range of publicity and promotion allowing your school to display all of the unique ways you market events and your campus programming board. Each school may submit a maximum of two (2) entries in each of the categories though they do not have to submit something for every category. The categories are as follows:
A poster or flyer that has just one color in addition to the base color of the poster or is printed in black and white and details an event on your campus.
A multi-color poster or flyer that has two or more colors in addition to the base color of the poster and details an event on your campus.
One-Color Clothing Item
A clothing item that has just one color in addition to the base color of the clothing item. This must be something that promotes an event or your campus programming board. For this category, please bring a photograph of the item on backing or the item itself.
A publicity campaign that includes all strategies used (except Social Media) to promote an event or series of events on your campus. Include all out of the box ways used to promote and raise awareness.
Web/Social Media Page
A website that specifically promotes your campus programming board and/or the events taking place on your campus. Or, a social media page that has the name of your campus programming board on it and is used to promote events. This includes, but is not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
A logo that contains the name of your campus programming board. The logo could be for your campus programming board or an event.
A 3D publicity item that promotes an event on campus or your campus programming board. These include, but are not limited to: sunglasses, cups, decorations, giveaways, etc.
For this category, please bring a photograph of the item on backing or the item itself.
- All submissions must be dated between May 1, 2018 and May 1, 2019.
- Schools may submit two items per category for both paid and unpaid student designs.
- Submissions will be accepted until Thursday, April 28th at 8 pm.
- Digital copies must be turned in before Thursday, April 28th at 8 pm via the registration link on the NACA Northern Plains Regional Graphic Competition website. Physical copies must be turned in at the Graphics Competition table upon arrival to the conference and will not be accepted after Thursday, April 28th at 8 pm.
- All physical submissions must have backing for display purposes. Backing is not provided and submissions without backing will not be accepted. Your organization representative, school, submission category, and unpaid/paid should be written clearly on the backside of submissions. There are many ways to attach your submission to backing for display purposes.
If you have any questions on tips of how to do this, please reach out to the Graphics Competition Coordinator (contact information below).
What Judges will be Looking For
- Designs should be eye catching and attention grabbing.
- Designs should be creative and unique. For example, a design that people might not see every day and a design that people will remember.
- All submissions should have all necessary event information (Who, what, where, when).
Graphics Competition Digital Copy Submission Form
Volunteer opportunities will be available at the competition for the Graphics Competition including assisting with the Graphics Competition table and judging.
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact:
Graphics Competition Coordinator