• Tips for winning:
    • Stick to a theme

    • Try to make it commercial!
      ready for M&S

    • Make it yours
      send us your original ideas

    • more tips...

  • What you could win:

and a possible placement!

GENERAL
Why are Tigerprint doing these competitions?
How do the competitions work?
What other competitions have there been?
What competitions are coming up?
How can I get competition updates?
ENTERING
Can I email my entry?
Can I submit a design that is for sale?
Can I submit a design that has been sold?
When can I enter a competition?
Who is eligible to participate in the competitions?
Do I have to live in the U.K. to enter?
Can I enter more than one design in each competition?
Can I enter another competition if I've already been a winner?
How do I know if Tigerprint received my submission?
How do I make sure my design is high enough resolution?
How do I save my file as a .jpg?
How do I make sure my design file type is correct?
What do I do if my photo is too small?
Can I submit a photo or image I found through an Internet search?
Anything I should avoid in my submission that could get me disqualified?
Do you have any design tips to help me?
Will my design be changed in any way by Tigerprint?
Can I submit a design that doesn't relate to the current competition?
Can I enter the same photo or design in more than one competition?
JUDGING
How will the designs be judged?
WINNERS & PRIZES
How are the winners chosen?
What happens if I'm selected as a winner in the competition?
If I’m a winner, when will I hear the good news?
How many winners are chosen for each competition?
How do you decide which designs go into a range for Marks & Spencer?
What are the prizes?
OTHER
Where can I buy the winning designs?
How do I keep track of all the dates for the competitions?
How do I get a job at Tigerprint?

ANSWERS

GENERAL

Why are Tigerprint doing these competitions?


At Tigerprint we are always on the look out for fresh and exciting new design talent to work with. We believe that our design competitions provide a fantastic opportunity for everyone including students and graduates to demonstrate their design talents. It's also a great way for you to get an insight to what it's like to work on a live commercial design brief.

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How do the competitions work?


It's like this:

  1. Each month we launch an exciting new design brief.
  2. You submit a great design that follows the brief to the competition.
  3. We judge all the designs and the overall winner will receive a prize of £200 plus the possibility of seeing their design in a future Marks & Spencer range.
  4. We also select up to four runners up each of whom receive feedback on their design and an exciting runner up prize.
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What other competitions have there been?


See the designs and get the scoop in the Winner and runner up gallery.

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What competitions are coming up?


You'll always be able to see into the near competition future in our Up Next box.

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How can I get competition updates?


We provide lots of updates and will answer your competition questions on our Facebook page. Become a fan of "Tigerprint Design Competition," and the updates will go straight to your profile. On the page you can also share your entry and get feedback from other fans, if you'd like.

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ENTERING

Can I email my entry?


Afraid not. We review all the entries electronically to make it speedier for everyone, so please don't shy away from submitting electronically. It's painless, we promise.

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Can I submit a design that is for sale?


You are not allowed to submit a design that is for sale or has been sold to another party. Tigerprint can only accept original or unpublished work. If you submit an unsuitable entry we won't be able to chose you as our winner.

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Can I submit a design that has been sold?


You are not allowed to submit a design that is for sale or has been sold to another party. Tigerprint can only accept original or unpublished work. If you submit an unsuitable entry we won't be able to chose you as our winner.

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When can I enter a competition?


We always announce a competition on the first or second Tuesday of the month. We'll accept your designs at designcompetition.tigerprint.uk.com for 4 whole weeks! Just keep an eye on the "Submissions Accepted" dates listed on our home page or competition page.

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Who is eligible to participate in the competitions?


Each contest is open to all persons, age 18 or older as of the first day of submission.

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Do I have to live in the U.K. to enter?


Nope! You sure don't. The contests are open to our international friends, too! We'll accept submissions in English from all over the globe.

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Can I enter more than one design in each competition?


That depends on the contest. We usually allow each entrant to submit five designs per competition. However please ensure you read each specific competition page to get the most up to date information.

 

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Can I enter another competition if I've already been a winner?


Why, yes! We'd be thrilled to see your winning entries keep coming our way!

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How do I know if Tigerprint received my submission?


When we get your submission, you will receive an e-mail confirming we got it. Please add tigerprintcompetition@hallmark-uk.com to your contact list in your e-mail address book, so your inbox doesn't mistake our e-mails for junk. Because junk they are not!

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How do I make sure my design is high enough resolution?


If you want to keep it simple:

If you're not sure your design is at the right resolution, don't worry. Our upload tool won't let you submit anything that is too low.

If you want to go for the gold and get all technical:

  1. Create a new document in your photo or design program (Photoshop, Illustrator, Paint, Paintshop, etc.).
  2. Adjust the document to the right dimensions and dpi:
    500 x 500 pixels @ 72 dpi (unless otherwise stated in the brief).
  3. Copy your photo or design into your document. (Skip this step if you created your design within the program.)
  4. Crop your photo or design down to the right dimensions. (Skip this step if you created your design within the program.)
  5. Save it as a .jpg.

If you're scanning a physical photo or design:

Make sure to set the scanner to the highest setting you can. (How high is that, you ask? Somewhere around 1200 dpi.)
Note: Use your program's "Help" tool for more information on file formats, file size and image resolution. You might also check your software manual.

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How do I save my file as a .jpg?


If you don't already have a program in mind, a couple of programs that save images in .jpg format are Photoshop, Illustrator, Paint and Paintshop. We recommend you use your program's "Help" tool for more information on file formats, file size and image resolution to ensure your photo or design meets the specifications of the competition. If you're still not sure, we'd recommend using an online search engine to find out more.

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How do I make sure my design file type is correct?


Make sure to save your design as a .jpg in RGB color format. Our system will not accept design files saved in CMYK color format.

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What do I do if my photo is too small?


You can try re-scanning your photo at the highest setting on your scanner, probably 1200 dpi. Then try submitting it again.

If this is "Greek" to you and you need step-by-step instructions, there's lots of good information on the Internet. Type "scan photos" into the Google or Yahoo search bar and check out one of the sites listed.

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Can I submit a photo or image I found through an Internet search?


Probably not. A photo or image may seem like it's "out there" on the Internet, but it can't be reproduced on a Tigerprint product without permission from the photographer and legal release forms covering prominent persons and places in the shot (like someone's house). This includes anything from stock houses or labeled as "royalty free." Unless you're willing to go the distance and secure all those forms, it's best just to stick to your own stuff.

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Anything I should avoid in my submission that could get me disqualified?


YES. Aside from needing to be a high enough resolution/dpi to print well, we will review entries for any trademark or brand name that is prominent (think logos, store-bought props, recognizable locations, and trademarked or branded items) and could lead the owner of that trademark to object. If you're submitting a photo, it needs to be taken by you, or you need to have permission from the person who did. You will also need permission to photograph the people or animals in the photo. If they are kids or pets, get permission from their parents or owners. (If you're chosen as a winner, we'll send you official model release forms but please, oh please, get their permission before you send in the photo.)

Also, at the judges' discretion, entries including unsuitable content, insufficient image resolution, non-English language entries, sexually explicit or inappropriate content, descriptions or images of people or animals in unsafe conditions or content that is in violation of third party rights (including, but not limited to, copyrights) will be immediately disqualified. Tigerprint will use its sole discretion in determining whether an entry should be disqualified.

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Do you have any design tips to help me?


Why, yes. And here they are.

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Will my design be changed in any way by Tigerprint?


Tigerprint do reserve the right to make any modifications to a winning entry after acquiring a signed release form from the creator. More often than not our Design Managers will have a particular look/ format in mind which means your design will need to be adapted to suit. This is not a reflection on you as a designer but on what we create to be commercially successful. It is a true reflection of our working process in the design studio here at Tigerprint.

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Can I submit a design that doesn't relate to the current competition?


No, but you can put it in your pocket and save it for a rainy day. And by rainy day, we mean future competitions that might better suit your design.

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Can I enter the same photo or design in more than one competition?


Yes, you may enter your photo or design in more than one competition, even if it has been a previous winner. However please make sure before submitting that it answers the brief fully to be in with a good chance of success.

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JUDGING

How will the designs be judged?


Ask yourself these 3 things when you are designing for the competition:

  1. Does it stick to the THEME?-Does your design deliver what the competition calls for?

    If the competition calls for surface pattern deliver beautiful pattern. If it calls for hand drawn type show us your best handwriting, you get the idea. Otherwise, your design will be disqualified.
  2. Is it COMMERCIAL?-Could you imagine it in store at Marks & Spencer?

    Imagine all the different people that walk into Marks & Spencer. Will a lot of them be able to appreciate and buy your design to send to one of their friends or family? No? Then, keep trying until you've got a real crowd-pleaser.
  3. Is it YOURS?-Be true to yourself!

    Ultimately we want to see fresh and innovative designs. Make sure you have fun and experiment but stay true and only submit your own original work.
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WINNERS & PRIZES

How are the winners chosen?


A panel of Tigerprint judges who really know their stuff will choose the top designs from all eligible entries. Entries will be judged based on whether they stick to the theme as well as on their commercial appeal. We will usually select one winner and up to four runners up.

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What happens if I'm selected as a winner in the competition?


We'll contact you on judging day via email! We'll then need you to fill out some mighty important information about yourself and get all your legal paperwork and model release forms signed. And we need you to do so rather quickly (72 hours, to be exact), so we can officially call you a winner.

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If I’m a winner, when will I hear the good news?


If you are pronounced a winner by our wise council of judges, they will email you a.s.a.p. after the final day of judging. Keep tabs on the judging progress on our site and Facebook page. We'll be sharing lots of behind-the-scenes tidbits, and you'll know to expect an email on judging day. Once we've contacted the winner and runners up we will announce the results to the rest of the world (via the website and the vast world of social media).

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How many winners are chosen for each competition?


Most of the time we will only select one winner and up to four runners up. However if you guys WOW us we may select more! In addition we often contact designers after the competition to either purchase their design or brief them to work with us - all very exciting. Please note that we won't pick any designs just to fill a certain number of spots. So simply WOW us, and you'll have nothing to worry about!

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How do you decide which designs go into a range for Marks & Spencer?


Just as we do for judging, a group of experienced Tigerprinters get together to decide the right mix of designs to include in our ranges and ultimately sell in stores. They consider things like the look and "feel" of each design and how commercial it is.

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What are the prizes?


If you are chosen as a winner, you will receive £200 and the possibility that your design may be used in a future range. Where this is the happy case we will endeavor to provide samples of your designs but please note we usually work around a year in advance so you may have to wait a little while.

In addition we often invite entrants from the competitions to join us on placements in our West Yorkshire design studio or simply to bring in their portfolio and show us the stuff their made of!

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OTHER

Where can I buy the winning designs?


If one of our entrant's designs makes it to store we will always notify the individual and make a big song and dance about it over our social media platforms. If it does make it to store you'll find it at www.marksandspencer.com.

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How do I keep track of all the dates for the competitions?


Just refer to designcompetition.tigerprint.uk.com for all the dates you need.

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How do I get a job at Tigerprint?


You can start by heading over to www.tigerprint.uk.com/jobs to see the current employment opportunities. Also you may want to take a look at some of the profiles of our existing designers to learn a bit more about us.

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