Christmas Card Competition 2013

The 2012 winning entry by Alexander Scott:

“I began to look at ways to modernise traditional Christmas nostalgia such as trees, crackers, snow, lights and festive food. From this research I chose pixels and screen based design work as my design’s starting point. The tree within my card is made up of digital pixels which form an overall modernised and futuristic looking tree.”

We are once again running a design competition for the cover of our Christmas card to be sent to our key stakeholders. If you would like to take part in the competition or advertise it to those who might, please either link to this page or send the below details out.

Please note that this competition is only open to staff and students from Alliance universities.

Design the front cover for University Alliance’s 2013 Christmas card. The winner, as well as designing our new card, will receive £50 High Street gift vouchers (Love2shop) and will be credited on the back of the card which will be seen by hundreds of key figures, including MPs, leading business executives and university Vice-Chancellors.

Our theme for this year is ‘Global’, in line with the international engagement that we have been doing over the past year. Participants will need to provide a 50 word summary of how their design fits this theme.

The competition will open on Friday 1st November 2013 and close at midday on Thursday 21st November 2013.

Send your image to with the subject line ‘Christmas Card Competition’. Please include your name, course/occupation and the name of the university you attend.

Competition rules:

  1. This contest is open to students and staff at University Alliance institutions.
  2. A maximum of two front covers will be accepted per entrant.
  3. The University Alliance logo should be included somewhere on the front cover. To download please click here. The brand can be used with the grey replaced with any of the colours in the palette (the white in the middle must remain).
  4. Include a paragraph (50 word limit) about the image, what it is and what inspired it.
  5. Entries must be submitted as a JPEG/GIF image with a 300dpi ratio to be printed on A5.
  6. Can be graphics/photography/artwork but must be original and belong to entrant. Animations for the web version can be submitted as long as an image at 300dpi is submitted along with it. Any entrants under 18 must have written parental consent to submit an image.
  7. The University Alliance team will judge the competition and decide on the winner. The runners up will be posted on our website along with the winning image.
  8. The winning image will become property of University Alliance.
  9. Covers will be judged on their design as well as how well they fit the ‘Global’ brief.
  10. The winner will be published on our website on Thursday 28 November.
  11. The winner will also be contacted directly to arrange receipt of their prize.

Questions and enquiries about competition rules can be emailed to Van –

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