Competitions - Music and Arts

Entries to the competition must comply with the following rules:

  • Aged 13 to 18 years old on 1st September 2011. (Y9-Y13).
  • Must attend a school/college in the North West UK (defined by Granada TV region) or North Wales at the time of entering the competition.
  • The entry must be based on a fungal theme, linked to either the fungus itself or a disease that it causes. See resources for ideas.

 

 

  • An entry must be your own original work.
  • Music entries must be no longer than 6 minutes. Either a score (as .txt file, .pdf or MP3 file) or lyrics of a song (as a word doc or PDF) must be uploaded.
  • Art entries can be of materiasl such as (watercolour,oil,charcoal,textile,ceramic etc)
  • Art entries must be photographed and up to 3 images and/or a very short (30 secs) video clip in wmv or MP4 format (only one of each entry) can be uploaded. Images must be compressed and preferably under 5MB in size.

 

 

  • The deadline of midnight April 29th must be strictly adhered to.
  • Artwork or video must be suitable to be exhibited if shortlisted (Photographs directly of a fungus or similarly video is not deemed to be original artwork).
  • Entries can not be returned and may be used for promotional purposes by the sponsor.

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