This Years Contest is Over – Thanks for participating
This is Your Chance to Help Save African Wildlife
And See Artwork You Designed Featured on a Beautiful T-Shirt!
Hello, Margrit here.
Did you know Africa has one of the most diverse animal populations on the planet?
Not to mention the most iconic.
Elephants, hippos, lions, zebras, rhinos, giraffes – it’s like a “who’s who” of animal celebrities!
Sadly, many of the African continent’s most beautiful and beloved creatures are threatened with extinction.
In fact, the black rhino population has dwindled to just 5,055 animals in the wild due to poaching and the loss of natural habitat.
And that’s just one example of many.
Picture it … a world where magnificent animals like the black rhino and African elephant exist only in books and videos – because once we lose these creatures, they’re gone forever.
If we don’t act now that devastating picture could soon be reality.
That’s why I’m so pleased to announce the 2014 Nikela Wildlife T-Shirt Design Contest!
This contest is your chance to have fun, get more exposure as an artist, and use your talent to help save African wildlife.
Keep reading for all the details …
Making a Difference for African Wildlife is Easy – And Fun!
For four years Nikela has been helping people saving wildlife by getting folks from all walks of life involved in making a difference.
That’s where you come in!
As a graphic designer you can use your special talents to help African wildlife.
Let me show you how …
Create a design and slogan (details in just a second) and submit it to the 2014 Nikela T-Shirt Design Contest.
The winning design will be featured on t-shirts we award to park rangers, students, and regular folks who are doing something good for African wildlife (in Africa and anywhere in the world really).
How does that help wildlife?
Well, we’ve found that even something as seemingly insignificant as a t-shirt can foster a sense of belonging, community, and accountability.
It’s a way for people to say, “I’m part of an exclusive club”, even in the most impoverished circumstances.
These t-shirts will help unite those doing good things for wildlife in Africa.
And that’s one small but significant way to ensure the beauty of the black rhino, African elephant, and other endangered species survive for generations to come.
Are you Ready to Help Save Wildlife with Your Art?
Here’s everything you need to know to get started:
- Entries are due no later than midnight (Central Daylight Time) on July 15th, 2014.
- All entries should include a design for the front of the t-shirt and a slogan for the back.
- The design can be submitted in four color, but needs to work well in a single color.
- The overall message should convey hope.
- Remember, the Nikela slogan is “Helping People – Saving Wildlife”.
- Submit your entry as a JPEG or PDF file type via email or Facebook message.
- The selected design and slogan will become the property of and used solely by Nikela.
- The design and slogan must be your original work.
- Multiple submissions (max. 3) per person are okay.
Here’s How It Works (And What You Could Win!)
So … how does the 2014 Nikela T-Shirt Design Contest work?
We’ll look at all submissions received by July 15th, 2014 and choose 10 finalists.
The winner will be announced on Saturday July 19th, 2014.
In addition to having your design featured on this year’s t-shirt, the winner of the 2014 Nikela T-Shirt Design Contest will also receive a beautiful 35” x 23” (almost 3ft x 2ft, that’s big!) limited edition canvas print of two wild lion cubs (their story below) photographed by Andrew Cairncross.
Hurry! The Deadline for Submissions is July 15th, 2014!
If you’ve ever wanted to use your artistic talent to create a lasting and positive impact on the world, this is your chance.
But you must hurry!
Remember, the deadline for submissions is July 15th, 2014 … so don’t delay.
We here at Nikela are so excited to see your submission, and we’re honored to share this opportunity to work together to help people and save wildlife!
Almost forgot, here’s the story of the two lion cubs
The Ximhungwe lion cubs are part of a litter with an important gift… new blood (genes.) The Western section of Sabi Sands (in the north eastern part of South Africa) was ruled by arguably the most infamous coalition of nine male Lions. Known as the Mapogo coalition they killed over 100 Lions in their brutal, but fantastic eight year reign. Their demise came at the hands (or would that be paws) of the Selati males who on one particular day managed to kill a Mapogo. This victory solidified their bond and the Selati males pressed forward into the Mapogo’s territory with new courage. After weeks of battles and vocal challenges, the last two remaining Mapogos left the area defeated.
These two photographed Cubs are the first offspring from the Selati males. Born into the Ximhungwe pride of females who had enjoyed the protection of the Mapogo coalition for a while until internal conflicts among the Mapogo males raised havoc. Cub infanticide sky rocketed and only a handful of cubs reached adulthood during the 8 year Mapogo reign.
Now it seems things are changing for the better. With new genes and a seemingly stable relationship between the Selati males, these little cubs are a symbol of hope for the survival of a diverse and stable Lion population in this part of Africa.