Wednesday, March 26, 2014

USA Pro Challenge poster contest wants you

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:55 PM

click to enlarge 2012's winner, by James Billiter
  • 2012's winner, by James Billiter
Hooray! The USA Pro Challenge is coming back to the Springs this year, and with that something for you creative types to show off some hometown pride.

The Stage 4 Local Organizing Committee is hosting a poster contest for the Springs leg of the race. Anyone — "professional, amateur, aspiring" — is welcome to compete in the free contest. The basic image requirement is "something that captures the unique landscape of Colorado Springs as well as the extreme physical and mental fortitude required for success in the USA Pro Challenge," says Peter Scoville, Colorado Springs LOC co-chair, in the press release.

To enter, you must submit your design to the USA Pro Challenge - Stage 4 Poster Contest Page on Facebook. The image must comply with Facebook's rules and uploading requirements, but it must also be able to be enlarged to 11 by 17 or 18 by 24 inches with a dpi of 300 or greater, should the poster be chosen as the winner.

You can submit multiple entries, but they must be done at the same time.

Submission is open now through April 18, and the winners will be announced May 2 after being vetted by a local panel (of yet-to-be-named judges). First place will receive two tickets to the LOC Stage 4 VIP area during the Challenge in August, plus the chance to get your work out there.

In 2012, the last time the Challenge came through town, a man from Ohio won the Springs leg of the poster contest. Yes, he definitely did a good job (according to Mayor Steve Bach, Chris Carmichael of Carmichael Training Systems and Steve McCauley of USA Cycling — not really design experts but whatever) but can we get someone from the 719 to represent this time?

The Challenge proper is also hosting its own poster contest to cover the entire race. The entry period and requirements are largely the same. Find out more here.

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