THU GOLDEN TICKET

Rules

This challenge is organized by THU, Lda, with registered offices at Rua Elísio de Melo nº41 2º floor, 4000-196 Porto, Portugal.

You'll need to create a THU account and fill out the submission form to enter the challenge. All entries must be submitted via the THU website. All entries must be completed and submitted by the closing deadline, July 17, 2022, at 23:59 Lisbon Time. Please read our Privacy Notice for more information regarding how THU treats your personal information.

​Criteria

  • You can only join as an individual entry. No teams are allowed for this challenge.

  • You can only have one participation (entry) in this challenge.

  • You need to be at least 18 years old to enter this challenge.

  • You must only enter ONE of the following categories:

    • Professional Category: for all artists worldwide who are no longer students and would like to be a part of the THU experience!  

    • Global Student Category:  If you're an international student enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education, this category is for you! (All applicants must submit documentation from their universities certifying that they are currently active students).

    • The Portuguese Student Category: created to support young Portuguese artists and promote national talent. If you're a Portuguese student enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education, you must choose this category. All applicants must submit documentation from their universities certifying that they are currently active students. (The institution does not need to be Portuguese).

Participants can use any 2D, 3D, traditional media, or mixed media techniques as long as they can deliver digital images as work-in-progress shots and final images. 

Posting WIPs is super important,  as this is the best way for the judges to understand the process that led to your final work and for the viewers and fellow creators to relate to your piece and possibly even learn from them. WIPs posting on the My Creative Process section will add value to your submission and be taken under consideration by the judging panel. The WIP artworks you share can be concept art, silhouettes, sketches, progress shots, etc.

Engaging with the community is pretty essential at THU: explore the Gallery wall, and offer encouragement and constructive feedback on each other's work! Be kind by adding to the tribe's learning pool.

 

Deliverables

  • You'll need to write your vision about the topic "Describe the creative process behind your creation". No need to get all Shakespeare, but a max of 500 characters.
  • The final submission image has to be high-resolution: 1920px+ on the longest edge. e.g. landscape should have 1920px+ width, portrait should have 1920px+ height.

Entering the contest

  • THU takes no responsibility for lost or undelivered entry material. Keeping a copy of the work is the participant's responsibility.
  • You must submit original work only. Submissions cannot infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party. If you are using and incorporating images, music, or other creative material belonging to someone else, please identify and credit them. THU doesn't assume any responsibility for works submitted in violation of competition rules or those that violate copyright regulations. Copyright infringement is cause for immediate disqualification during all phases of this challenge.

  • THU may share contact details of the winners and honorable mentions to sponsors, partners, or judges to promote the challenge, deliver prizes and help with the operational procedures.

  • You will receive THU email communications regarding the challenge. These may contain important updates, related information, or offers. Please read our Privacy Notice for more information regarding THU email communications.

  • Respect the nature of each competition. The professional category is for those who are no longer students. The Global student category is for international student entrants, who are enrolled in a recognized higher education level course worldwide. The Portuguese student category only admits students of Portuguese nationality. Upon entering this category, proof of nationality will be requested. If you cannot provide it, you will be disqualified. Both Global and Portuguese applicants must submit documentation from their universities certifying that they are currently active students. If you cannot provide one, your entry will not be eligible. Feel free to submit the documents as soon as possible, starting from May 26 until the contest deadline.

Judging

  • The judges of the challenge are João Ricardo Moreira,  José Alves da Silva, Marc Simonetti, Nadezda,  Sabine Engelhardt, and Victor Hugo Queiroz, and their judgment will be final.

Judging Criteria

  • Submissions will be judged on both creative and technical details. The theme of the challenge must be evident in the final image. An original take on the theme and community interaction is highly valued.

    Judges will also look at your work-in-progress pieces that you'll be able to share in the My Creative Process section.

Ownership of Your Work

  • THU and its partners may use images submitted for the challenges for publicity reasons. We'll mainly share these in media (print and online), social media, our websites, and our partners' websites.

  • The winners grant THU the first right to publish their submitted work in any online or printed media. Participants should notify THU in writing at least five days before posting their work in any editorial and printed media. Participants retain the copyright of all entered materials and are free to use said materials for personal promotion.

  • The participants have permission to share their submission's work in progress on social media networks or their websites during the challenge. 

Deadlines and Milestones

  • Submissions open: May 26, 2022, 18h Lisbon Time

  • Deadline for submissions: July 17, 2022, at 23:59 Lisbon Time

  • Submissions evaluation and selection by Judges: July 21 - August 7, 2022

  • Winners announcement: August 9, 2022

The Prizes

  • Professionals:
    • 1st place: Golden Ticket ME22 ( Ticket + Flights + Accommodation + Meals during the ME ) +Being a Speaker/ Knight at the event + 1 year free ArtStation Pro account + USD$500 gift cards ( The gift cards can be applied to ArtStation Marketplace and ArtStation Prints purchases).
    • 2nd place: Ticket ME 2022 + Meals during the ME + 1 year free ArtStation Pro account
    • 3rd place: Ticket ME 2022 + 1 year free ArtStation Pro account
  • International Students:
    • 1st place: Golden Ticket ME22 ( Ticket + Flights + Accommodation + Meals during the ME )+ Cintiq Pro 16 + 1 year free ArtStation Pro account + USD$500 gift cards ( The gift cards can be applied to ArtStation Marketplace and ArtStation Prints purchases).
    • 2nd place: Ticket ME 2022 + Meals during the ME + 1 year free ArtStation Pro account
    • 3rd place::  Ticket ME 2022 + 1 year free ArtStation Pro account
  • Portuguese Students:
    • 1st place:  Golden Ticket ME22 ( Ticket + Flights + Accommodation + Meals during the ME) + Cintiq Pro 16 + 1 year free ArtStation Pro account + USD$500 gift cards ( The gift cards can be applied to ArtStation Marketplace and ArtStation Prints purchases).
    • 2nd place: Ticket ME 2022 + Meals during the ME + 1 year free ArtStation Pro account 
    • 3rd place:  Ticket ME 2022 + 1 year free ArtStation Pro account

Reason for exclusion

  • All work has to be original. Entries must be new artworks made explicitly for this challenge and cannot be based on the concept art of another artist; Any sign of plagiarism is cause for immediate disqualification during all phases of this challenge.
     
  • Any image deemed to contain content that depicts racial, political, religious, gender discrimination, or any other inflammatory material in an inappropriate manner will be disqualified and removed. THU team evaluates what is considered appropriate material.

THU reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions, if necessary, from time to time. Changes will be published on THU's website and communicated via email.