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By Andrea Papagianis
The Dana Point Festival of Whales public logo design contest has been resurrected.
Five years ago, it closed to the public but now the public is invited to submit their California gray whale-centric logo artwork to be the face of the 46th annual event. The contest had been exclusive to Dana Hills High School students since 2011 when festival organizers launched an art-focused program involve area youth.
What started as a fine arts-centered program has grown to include students from the school’s English, science, math, photography, theatre and culinary arts classes. Hundreds of local high school students now embark on an annual whale watching trip and participate in various festival events such as Art in the Park—where they showcase art and science displays—and the Whale of a Clam Chowder Cook-off.
“With the objective of building local student involvement in the festival complete, and the quality of student designs developed to a point where they will be competitive in an open call to artists … it was time to once again open the program to the public,” said event coordinator Andrea Swayne.
Entries must showcase the California gray whale for which the festival was founded. Each year, grays make a 10,000-mile, round-trip journey from Alaskan waters to Baja California lagoons where calves are birthed before the trek north. The whales pass generally pass through local waters from fall to spring.
Logo entries must be submitted by midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Entries will only be accepted through email. Participants can send logo designs to email@example.com.
From the pool of entered designs, the Festival of Whales Foundation Board will choose five finalists. The entries will then face a public vote via social media. The winning design will be featured on all of the festival’s promotional materials, including: clothing, flyers, print and digital advertising and public buses.
The winning entry will join the Festival of Whale logo ranks alongside renowned artists like Wyland, recognized globally for generating environmental awareness through large-scale marine art, and John VanHamersveld, the visionary behind the iconic movie poster for the surf classic “Endless Summer.”
The 2017 event will be held on March 4,5, 11 and 12.
FIND OUT MORE: Entry criteria can be found at www.festivalofwhales.com.