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The contest closed Feb 8, 2011.



Global Creative Contest

The Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA), a program of TakingItGlobal, is organizing a creative contest for young people (15 to 29 years old) all over the world. The contest is focused on youth perspectives of HIV and AIDS and how this is communicated through creative expression. August 2010 – August 2011 was designated by the UN General Assembly as the International Year of Youth, a time when issues related to young people will be highlighted and prioritized, particularly in the context of the Millennium Development Goals. This key event provides an opportunity to explore themes with youth and capitalize on this focus on young people to bring creative youth voices to the forefront.

Part of the International Year of Youth

Contest participants must choose to express one of the following themes: <br /> • Why comprehensive sexuality education is important for HIV prevention (CSE)<br /> • How stigma and discrimination affects young people living with HIV (S&D)<br /> • What sexual and reproductive health and rights mean to you (SRHR)<br /> <br /> Artwork submitted to the contest must be tagged with one of the following CSE, S&D of SRHR.<br /> <br /> • The contest welcomes a variety of mediums. Contributors are encouraged to send digital versions of video, photographs, paintings, sculptures, multi-media works, and more.<br /> • The various creative works must be connected to one of the topics, specifying which one is it. <br /> • Each participant can submit up to 3 pieces of work. One for each main theme.<br /> • By submitting to the contest participants allow GYCA and their partners to use the work submitted for non-profit promotional activities. GYCA and it's agents will ensure that images/art/videos etc. will not be used for any profitable activity.<br /> • The creative work submitted should be no older than 1 year old and the author must certify that he/she is the creator of the work he/she is submitting through a form that states they are not plagiarizing. <br /> • The selection of finalists will be done by a review panel of HIV activists and organizations who have partner with GYCA in the past. <br /> • The review panel will select the top 5 submissions on each of the 3 category. These finalists will be posted online for voting by the community to determine the winner on each category. <br /> • There will be a special page on GYCA’s website showcasing the pictures and art where people will be able to vote for their favorite submission.<br /> <br /> GYCA wants to take advantage of this opportunity to highlight issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights and how they relate to adolescents and young people. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Participants should indicate in the image description which category their piece relates to by writing the corresponding tag (CSE, S&D, or SRHR). It is mandatory that each piece submitted is associated with a particular category.<br /> <br /> <br /> The creative works will be featured on the GYCA website, and may be used in campaigns and documents during the International Year of Youth and beyond, always giving credit to the artists. Winners will be announced on March 1 and a special GYCA newsletter will be distributed showcasing the top-rated submissions.

The submissions with the most votes in each category will win a basket of prizes, potentially including a digital camera, cash or other digital-art related items. The 2nd and 3rd place in each category will also win a prize.
As will be indicated on the release forms artists agree when submitting their creative works, GYCA will share images with partner organizations to be used in future campaigns, documents, websites, etc.

<a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Part of the International Year of Youth"></a>

Participants must be between 15 and 29 years old.<br /> They must be GYCA members.<br /> <br /> We encourage young people living with HIV and youth from most affected communities to submit to the contest.

By submitting to the contest, participants grant GYCA and it's partners non-exclusive, royalty-free license to copy, digitize, store, distribute, publish, display, stream, advertise, promote or otherwise use your artwork and their descriptions, in any media or format (including the Internet).<br /> GYCA and it's partners reserve the rights, at their option, to publish any winner’s name, city of residence, photograph, statement regarding the contest, as well as publish or use any artwork submitted, for any purposes, without compensation. Personal information will be collected solely for the purposes of this contest and will not serve for any other purpose. By providing this information, the participants consent to its use for the purposes indicated.<br /> GYCA and its partners assume no responsibility for entries that are incomplete, damaged, misdirected or delayed. By entering, participants agree to abide by the contest rules and the decisions of contest organizers, which are final.