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Title: Blast Portrait Competition

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Take a look at what the 6 winners got up to in the masterclasses on the special winners page.

See the winning pieces of album artwork:

The brief for the competition was to design a piece of album artwork. Six winners have been selected to attend a two-day masterclass where they will work alongside leading artists, photographers and music industry professionals to create brand-new publicity artwork for Paloma Faith.

The brief for the competition:

Take a look at the profiles of our 3 bands:

Download a resource pack which contains images of the bands that you are free to use and a blank template.

Create an album cover for one of those three unsigned bands. Your design must include a portrait of some kind, either of the band themselves or a person who you think represents the band's personality and musical style.

Other than including an element of portraiture and using the blank template, you have complete freedom in materials you use, and what you do. You could paint, draw, digitally manipulate the images or create a collage for your design. It is totally up to you, but it must reflect the personality of the band you have chosen.

We judged your entries on:

  • Originality and imaginative flair
  • How your entries used portraiture to reflect the personality of the band and their music
  • Your artistic thought process in the explanation you provided alongside your design

Resources for you to use:

Part One: Brief

Part Two: Images

Part Three: Blank Template

Check out all the competition entries:

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Portrait Competition Rules

  1. Entry is open to all UK residents aged between 13 and 19 at the time entry closes. The BBC reserves the right to request proof of age and identity at any time. BBC employees and any persons connected to the competition and their close relatives are not eligible to enter.
  2. Entrants under 16 require parental/guardian consent. The BBC reserves the right to require proof of the relevant consents.
  3. Entries must be based around one of the three Blast bands presented on the website.
  4. Design must include at least one 2D portrait, and a description of your creative thought process.
  5. If your design includes pictures of other people, they must have given you permission to use it, and signed a consent form. For images of anyone under 16 years old, signed consent from a parent or guardian is required.
  6. Group entries are not permitted. Individuals can submit more than one entry but each must be accompanied by the information set out in 9 below.
  7. Entrants should use the design template provided to show how your artwork designs will appear on a CD sleeve.
  8. Entries should be received before 17:00 on Monday 08 February 2010 by either: (1) sending your entry to, and put "Portrait" in the subject bar, or (2) uploading it to the Blast website with the tag "portrait09", or (3) send in your entry to: Portrait Competition, BBC Blast Online, MC3 D3, 201 Wood Lane, London, W12 7TS.
  9. All entries must contain the following information; (1) entrant's name, (2) age, (3) address, (4) contact details, (5) the entry itself including design and description of thought process.
  10. Wherever possible photographs of final piece should be used and uploaded to the Blast website as detailed above although original work will be accepted. No entries will be returned so remember to keep a copy.
  11. No entries will be accepted after the closing date. The BBC does not accept liability for lost or late entries due to postal or internet services.
  12. The judging panel will consist of a representative from the BBC, a photography/art facilitator and another industry professional.
  13. All entries will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Originality and imaginative flair
    • How your entry uses portraiture to reflect the personality of the band and their music
    • Your artistic thought process in the explanation
  14. The judges´ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  15. Up to 6 winning entrants will be contacted by phone or email by no later than 25th February 2010. Where an entrant has not been able to be contacted, after reasonable attempts have been made the entrant will forfeit their place and the prize may be offered to another entrant.
  16. The prize consists of a two day masterclass with leading industry art and design professionals that will take place on the 13th & 14th March 2010 in London. Dates may be subject to change. The BBC will provide reasonable travel and accommodation if required to winners and for one chaperone where winners are under 16. The prize is not transferable and must be taken as stated and there is no cash alternative.
  17. winners must agree to take part in any post-competition publicity if required.
  18. Winners under 16 must be accompanied to London by one chaperone aged over 18.
  19. By submitting your entry to the BBC you agree to grant the BBC free of charge the right to publish and the right to licence others to publish the entry online and in all media as it requires for the purposes of the competition.
  20. The BBC reserves the right to (i) cancel or alter the competition or any of the rules or procedures, (ii) vary or change the prizes, and (iii) disqualify any entrant who breaches the rules.
  21. The BBC will only use personal details for the purposes of administering this competition, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without permission. You can read more about the BBC Privacy Policy on:
  22. The competition accords with the BBC's Code of Conduct for Competitions and Voting, details of which can be found on the BBC'S Standards and Guidelines website.
  23. The promoter of the competition is BBC and it is subject to the law of England and Wales.
  24. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and agree to be bound by them when entering the competition.


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