18/11/2010 11:14 AM
Eligible Canadians have until January 10, 2010 to enter the competition to design Canada Post’s 2011 Mental Health stamp. The website www.deliverhope.ca includes instructions and the full contest rules.
Entrants will be asked to include a short essay, up to 100 words, about their design and why they feel it will raise awareness and understanding of mental health issues.
Entrants can promote their submissions using social media. The submission that proves most popular online will become one of the 20 semi-finalists, and its designer will win an iPad. The other 19 semi-finalists will be chosen by an advisory panel including mental health experts, representatives from the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health and stamp and design experts from Canada Post.
Canada Post’s Stamp Advisory Committee, a national committee that guides Canada Post in selecting stamp subjects and designs, will select five designs from the 20 semi-finalists. The committee is made up of knowledgeable Canadians from across the country selected for their historic, design or philatelic knowledge. It reflects English-speaking and French-speaking populations and the changing ethnic diversity of the country.
On February 14, 2011, Canada Post will unveil the five finalists to the public and open the voting. Canadians will be able to vote for their favourite submission on www.deliverhope.ca or Facebook until voting closes on March 14, 2010. The design receiving the most votes will be declared the winner, to be announced in April 2011.
In addition to having their original artwork produced by a professional design firm and the resulting stamps issued for sale in September 2011, the winner will receive a framed commemorative enlargement of the stamp and a $500 honorarium will be donated to a mental health charity of their choice.
As with all stamps, Canada Post will hold the copyright to the winning design.
The PERMANENTTM domestic rate semi-postal stamp will be issued with a 10-cent surcharge to generate funds for the Foundation.
For full contest rules and regulations, please visit www.deliverhope.ca.