ShelterBox – Charity Christmas Cards Illustration Competition

Artwork by Jon Burgerman
Artwork by Jenny Bowers

This week saw the launch of a seriously exciting competition which gives anyone, including new and established illustrators, graphic designers, artists or anyone keen to have a go the chance to have their work featured alongside some of the UK’s top illustrators in a special range of charity Christmas cards for ShelterBox…

Competition entrants across the UK will be vying for their design to be featured as the fifth card alongside four high-profile illustrators contributing work. All profits from the cards will go direct to ShelterBox, the international disaster relief charity based in Helston, Cornwall. ShelterBox was a natural choice for charity – they’re highly respected, were the leading provider of emergency shelter in Haiti.

Jon Burgerman, one of the UK’s most revered illustrators and cartoonists, is designing the first card in the set: “In this iAge of digital everything a card is a nice little goodie to give. It can be like a mini artwork, beaming from a mantelpiece for a while,” he said.

The cards will be launched at an event on Thursday 11th November where the final five designs will be unveiled.

The cards will come in packs of 10 – 2 of each of the 5 designs – and will go on sale to the public in shops across the UK as well as online after the launch.

This fantastic opportunity to contribute a design is open to everyone! The competition closes at midnight on Wednesday 20 October and the winner will be announced on Friday 22 October, so get entering! Here’s how:

Email your designs to:

Illustrations should focus around a seasonal theme of Christmas, contain no specific religious content and appeal to a wide audience. Designs should be 300dpi, 105 x 150mm JPGs in portrait aspect ratio.

Good luck!

2 Responses

  1. Jess says:

    Do I understand this correctly as being a competition for the UK only then?

  2. Donna Brighton says:

    And it seems there are really only 2 card design slots open because the artists starting the contest are making the first 3 of 5?

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