Guidelines and instructions

  • Step One – Registration
    1. To enter the competition you should complete the on-line registration form, providing your teacher’s name and e-mail address, and information on your school (name of the school, street address and telephone number, teacher’s name and e-mail address). This will constitute your request to participate in the contest and will be recorded.
    2. Click on Register. The contest committee will evaluate your request to ensure that all the conditions of the contest are met (school level: high school, city: San Francisco or New York City and surroundings areas, participants: a class or group of students). Confirmation that your registration form has been received will be sent by e-mail within 48 hours.
    3. If you do not find this e-mail in your in-box, please check your junk mailbox before contacting us.
    4. The e-mail will include a unique project password and a registration code that you should keep, as you will need it to gain access as a participant to the website and to submit your project!
    5. If you forget or lose your project password and/or registration code, go to request project password and fill out the form. You will automatically receive an e-mail with a new password (check your junk mailbox if you do not find this e-mail immediately).
  • Step Two – Gaining access to material reserved for participants
    1. Once you have registered you can access the Download Area using your project password.
    2. Here you will find background material on the Pisan Romanesque style of art and architecture that may help you in preparing your project.
  • Step Three – Submit your entry
    1. As a participant you can access the Submission page using your project password and your registration code.
    2. When filling out the project submission form, you should provide information on your project, the title of your artwork and the medium used to produce it. Important: you must also complete and send in the form Certificate of Originality & Permission for Artwork Release (see below).
    3. The submission form includes a text box where you will be asked to provide a description of the project, the idea that inspired it, and how it was created. Please note that this short presentation will be read carefully by the judges.
      You should include at least the following information:
      a) Key ideas and concepts underlying your project
      b) Process: a brief description of the process and techniques used to create your project. (for example, you might submit pen and ink drawings in the form of a digital sketchbook with colour washes applied using Photoshop).
      c) Materials: a brief description of the media and materials used to create the work.
      Media may include (but will not be limited to) Acrylic, Apps, Animation, Cartoons, Collage, Computer Games, Crayon, Digital Icons, Etching, Gouache, Film, Interactive, Linocut, Lithography, Mixed Media, Motion, Music Videos, Oil, Pen & Ink, Pencil, Photography, Photomontage, Printmaking, Relief Printing, Screen Printing, Social Media, Street Art, Typography, Video, Watercolour, Websites and Woodcut.
      d) Format: a brief description of the format used to realize the project and the digital format in which it is being submitted. Please give precise details as we are interested in how students work and the range of techniques they use.
    4. Please make sure that you provide all relevant contact details when you register. This information will be filed and does not need to be sent again when you submit your entries (password and registration code required for each entry).
    5. DO NOT FORGET to submit the Certificate of Originality & Permission for Artwork Release form (in the pdf format provided).
    6. You should also upload any documents pertinent to your project. Please submit this material in the file format and dimensions specified in the contest rules. Accepted formats: jpg, jpeg, png, gif, pdf, avi, ogg, m4a, mov, mp3, mp4, mpg, wav, wmv. Minimum resolution for digital photographs: 1200 x 800 pixels. Minimum resolution for digital videos: 640×480 pixels.
    7. The file uploader has a file size limit of 24MB (due to server limitations). If your file exceeds this size, please compile the submission form leaving the file upload field empty and send any oversized files to  through an alternative web service (e.g., WeTransfer, DropSend, Jumbomail). Add  your registration code in the subject box of your e-mail.
    8. The contest committee will send an acknowledgement via e-mail within 48 hours of receipt of your project. If you do not find this e-mail in your in-box, please check your junk mailbox. If you do not receive confirmation within 48 hours, please submit your entry again.
    9. Remember that every class or group may submit up to three entries. The contest committee will evaluate the first three projects submitted by any group or class.
    10. Remember that the deadline for submissions is midnight (Italian time) March 25, 2015. The date and time that appears on the e-mail sent by you to the contest committee will be used to determine whether the deadline has been met.

For further information, please consult the contest rules and the section FAQs.