March 5th - April 5th, 2013NO SUBMISSION FEE
Call for Entries
- There is no specific topic for the contest. Please submit the best 5 pieces in your portfolio .
- All Expense paid round trip to NYC
- Commemorative award.
- Meet art directors and artists.
- Must be over 18 years old with less than 5 years professional experience
- Must be under 30 years old, OR a full-time student under 35 years old
- JPG, Saved For Web (No smaller than 550px in width)
The IdeaThe idea took shape while we were brainstorming during our staff dinner meeting in the winter of 2011. My staff and all artists understand how hard it is to break through and succeed as a professional illustrator in today’s market. This is why we named the contest “Breakthrough”. We targeted young artists and so the rules stated that the entrant must be under 35 years old with less than 5 years professional experience or a student from anywhere in the world.
Our goal was to create a contest that would produce a long term benefit for the winner. After all, every young artist’s greatest concern is to have a successful career. Unlike other competitions which simply offer a cash prize or a scholarship, we have gone a step further. We will bring the winner to New York City where they will meet top art/creative directors, be given constructive criticism and advice by the industry’s top pros needed to succeed as a professional illustrator.
Pointers When Entering Breakthrough, 2013 edition
When you enter a contest, whether it be for our Breakthrough Contest, or the myriad of other illustration competitions out there, it is very important that you present yourself in the most optimal way possible.
Some contests judge images individually and specific illustrations (vs specific illustrators) are chosen for awards and features. In this case, it is not as important to present a portfolio as whole and you might even opt to send only one image.
In other contests, it is the illustrator that is chosen to receive an award. This means that a complete and consistent portfolio comprised of only the best images you have is key to getting noticed. This is certainly the case with our Breakthrough Contest. We want to make sure that you put your best foot forward. It would certainly be very upsetting if your portfolio was dismissed because of an error like wrong file type, poor image quality, or an misrepresenting set of images.
Here are some pointers about how to maximize your potential to win any contest:
So, now you have your images, they are in the proper format, and represent you in the best way possible. If you are still having technical problems, you can always contact the company in charge of the contest for help. In our case, feel free to email us and we will get back to you asap.