International Identity Day Design Competition

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International Identity Day Design Competition

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International Identity Day Design Competition: In recognition of the 4th anniversary commemorating International Identity Day (ID-Day), ID4Africa is organising an International Design Competition, inviting African digital artists, graphic designers, illustrators, and photographers to participate.

Short description

In recognition of the 4th anniversary commemorating International Identity Day (ID-Day) on September 16, ID4Africa, as a founding member of the Identity Day Coalition, is inviting African digital artists to participate in their first-ever Design Competition.

The purpose of the design is to promote ID-Day with an impactful image that will both inspire and encourage the worldwide community to rally around this important cause.

As digital artists, this will be your opportunity to use your creativity to raise awareness of identity as a key enabler of inclusive socio-economic development in all countries worldwide but most importantly in Africa.

Selection of finalists and the winner will be conducted in two rounds:

Round 1: Community Engagement: July 21-30

In this phase, members of the international identity community will be invited to vote online for the most representative design. The top 3 candidates who secure the highest overall vote will be selected as finalists for the next round.

Round 2: Judges (The IIC): August 9-13

The ID4Africa Identity Council represented by ID4Africa Ambassadors who represent 48 African member states, will conduct the final vote. The artwork which gathers the highest vote will be declared the official ID-Day 2021 theme design.

Submission requirements

Each participant is allowed to submit up to 3 designs.
Entries must include a brief written 'Artist Statement' (200 words maximum) explaining your inspiration and creative process in the context of Identity and Identity Day.
High-quality images are required.
The design should follow the specifications listed below:< Horizontal: 2800 (w) x 1568 (h) pixels, 300 dpi in JPG, TIFF, PDF or EPS format. The winning design will be used primarily on social media and on several websites. If being printed, A3 or A5 specs will be used.
Your digital file must be higher than 1MB and less than 4MB in size.
Cheerful and highly visible colors are suggested.
Designs produced using the following techniques are eligible: Graphic design, illustration, photography, painting, typography, animation, mixed media.

The winner must submit all files required for reproduction. The winner will need to submit a 1 min or less video that describes how an understanding of the importance of identity for individuals and his/her nation, inspired the design.

Evaluation Criteria

Expression showing an understanding of identity in the context of national development
Whether the message and theme are clearly and easily understood
Whether the art and message will prompt curiosity and discussion
Artistic excellence, originality and creativity

Who may enter?

This competition is open only to African digital artists, graphic designers, illustrators, and photographers based in Africa. Proof of identity, nationality, and address will be requested before the award is issued.


The winning design will become the official theme design for ID-Day 2021 which will be made accessible on the website for re-use by the international community to commemorate the occasion. The winner will receive a cash prize of US$3000.

Entry fees

There is no entry fee to participate!

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