2014 Annual Show Graphic

Welcome to the 26th edition of New Hampshire’s premier juried exhibition focusing on the creative excellence of New England’s graphic and web designers, copywriters, illustrators, photographers, videographers, and students.

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Since its founding in 1988, the New Hampshire Creative Club’s mission has been to promote community, education, and inspiration among Northern New England’s professionals and students working in the fields of advertising and visual communications. Our membership is a dynamic mix of creatives including: graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, web developers, videographers, printers, teachers, writers, suppliers and others in related fields. The Club also offers opportunities for college and university students to meet, learn, and interact with professionals from around the state.
Today the NHCC continues to serve as a forum for networking and professional development through its monthly meetings, panel discussions, presentations and workshops on timely topics relevant not only to its members but all those in and around the Granite State who share their interests.

The NHCC Annual Exhibition celebrates examples of creative excellence and outstanding execution, chosen by an expert panel of judges. Entries selected for inclusion in the Exhibition will first be displayed at Brady Sullivan Properties at
1000 Elm Street in Manchester NH. The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, June 17th, with refreshments, the presentation of awards, and general hobnobbing and admiration. The show will then be available to travel to other art centers, businesses and schools, if requested.

ENTER & PAY ONLINE NOW: nhcreativeclub.org/contest-entry/2014-entry-form/
Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 9nd, 2014.

The Criteria

All entries will be evaluated on the basis of creative excellence and outstanding execution. Entries that involve both typography and images will be judged on their level of creative integration, craftsmanship and excellence, and how well they convey their concept and intent. Entries that involve visual elements only, such as photography and illustration, will be judged based on the creative excellence of those images. A minimum of 25 entries will be exhibited. As merited, Awards for Creative Excellence will be chosen from among the work accepted into the show. Top honors will go to the BEST OF SHOW.

Entry Categories:

Advertising | Copywriting
Digital and InteractiveDesign
Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Student Work


If you’re a New England based individual, agency or company responsible for the creation of written and visual communications and design, you are eligible to enter. All entries must have been produced between April 27th, 2013 and May 2nd, 2014.

The Judges:

A single panel of 5 jurors will evaluate the submissions, choosing the works of art which will be included in the annual exhibition. Further, they will select, from among their choices, the pieces meriting an Award for Creative Excellence, Best of Show, and Best Student Work.

Entry Guidelines:

Work selected cannot be returned. Your entry serves as permission for the New Hampshire Creative Club to use your submission for display, promotion and publication, but only in connection with the 26th Annual Exhibition. Only your submitted physical works, if selected, become the property of the New Hampshire Creative Club. No additional usage rights are implied or granted. All entrants accepted into the 26th Annual Exhibition will be notified by a representative of the NHCC within two weeks of judging. Pieces not accepted into the show can be retrieved at the opening reception on June 17th, 2014. Entries not picked up by this date will not be saved.

How to submit your Work:

To facilitate show promotion, a low-resolution image of all entries is required to be posted on the NHCC website, labeled with your last name or firm name and name of the entry by the submission deadline. These image files must be RGB (not CMYK), and can be submitted in the following file formats: JPG, PDF, PNG, TIF, EPS with a maximum width of 1024 pixels and a maximum height of 768 pixels (72 ppi, or no larger than 96 ppi).


Digital submissions are open for all categories! All digital submissions may be entered via the NHCC website, nhcreativeclub.org, labeled with your last name or firm name and name of the entry. Digital entries will be viewed on screen or projected for the judges. In order to be included in the exhibition, all entrants whose digital entries are accepted into the show MUST provide a show quality print presentation board as per guidelines listed below. Entries not meeting these requirements may be excluded from the show. Entry fees for digital submissions must be paid online.


Unless submitting digital work, all work submitted MUST BE MOUNTED on black mat board, black illustration board, or black foam core—no smaller than 10 inches or larger than 30 inches (15 x 20 in. is a common size). The board must form a border of at least 1 inch to 2 inches around the piece. Create a plastic sleeve if the item is intended to be removed for reviewing, such as a brochure. Three dimensional pieces, such as books and products, can be submitted unmounted. Since accepted entries cannot be returned, DO NOT SUBMIT camera originals or original artwork. You may enter a project in multiple categories, just be sure to submit a duplicate entry for each of the categories you are entering and attach separate entry forms on each submission. Each piece submitted must be labeled with its intended Category.

PIECES IN A SERIES must be numbered on the back in the preferred order. A series (which will be judged as one workF must consist of no more than three pieces. If submitting digitally, please include number in series as part of the file name (i.e. 1 of 3, 2 of 3, etc.)

ADVERTISING/COPYWRITING ENTRIES can include print ad campaigns and radio or TV commercials. Direct mail campaigns can be entered in either the Graphic Design category or Advertising/Copywriting category at the discretion of the entrant. Please submit radio and TV commercials in script form with storyboards (if applicable). Digital entries may be submitted as PDF or JPEG for print pieces, or MP3, WAV, MPEG, MOV, for video and radio.

DIGITAL DESIGN & INTERACTIVE ENTRIES include projects created for digital distribution on the Web, CD-ROM, interactive kiosk or handheld devices. Entries may be submitted as a website URL, on CD or DVD (must be able to run on a Mac). Digital entries in this category may be submitted as a website URL.

PHOTOGRAPHY ENTRIES can be submitted as a mounted, show-quality print; or printed brochure, annual report, book, ad tear sheet, etc. If submitting work digitally, files must be RGB (not CMYK) JPEG format with a maximum width of 1024 pixels and a maximum height of 768 pixels (72 ppi).

VIDEO ENTRIES, including commercials, should be no more than 10 minutes in length, submitted on DVD. Digital files may be submitted as MPEG, MOV, or other popular video format that is cross-platform compatible.

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN ENTRIES are projects created for physical production, including new items or improvements upon existing items. Entries may be submitted as physical 3D objects with digital renders/photographs or as mounted prints, including at least 3 views. Digital entries may be submitted as PDF or JPEG for print pieces.

FASHION DESIGN ENTRIES can include wearable art, textiles, costume design and cosmetology. Entries may be submitted as a physical 3D object with photographs or as mounted prints, including at least 3 views. Digital entries may be submitted as PDF or JPEG for print pieces.

How to Pay and Form Information:

You may pay online for a membership or your Show entries through our site using PayPal. If you choose not to pay online, you can enclose your check (made payable to the New Hampshire Creative Club or NHCC) with your entries. Please enclose your payment in a clearly marked envelope. Do not send cash.

You MUST fill out the online form completely for ALL entries being submitted. Print out and attach TWO COPIES of each ENTRY FORM to the back of each entry. Do not permanently affix these forms, as they may be removed during judging.

In the case of duplicate submissions within the same category, the individual/agency who the client paid to produce the entry has ownership and will pay the entry fee.

Entry Fees & Membership:

PLEASE NOTE you do not need to be an NHCC member to enter a piece for consideration in the show. However, you may start a NHCC membership with your entry in order to take advantage of member savings. An individual NHCC yearly membership is $50. If you have renewed your membership for 2014, it is not necessary to do so again.

Registration Fee: $20
(An individual who wishes to submit entries for the show must provide the one-time registration fee. Each piece submitted requires an additional entry fee.)

Entry Fee Per Piece: NHCC Members & Students: $15, Non-Members: $30

Award Certificates:

A certificate is awarded to the creator of each piece included in the show. You may select up to three other individuals to receive a certificate at no charge. Additional certificates can be ordered for $10 each.

DEADLINE: Work must be received no later than 5:00 p.m, Friday, May 2nd, 2014.
Please allow time for delivery, as late entries are not accepted. Weather and other events may cause any drop-off location to close at any time. Please call ahead.

Delivery Options:

MANCHESTER: Drop-off or Mail Entries to:
Savvy Workshop
Langer Mill – 3rd Floor
55 South Commercial St.
Manchester, NH 03101

The Scott Lawson Companies
20 Chenell Dr.
Concord, NH 03302

SALEM Drop-off ONLY:
Attn: Amber Nicole Cannan
Bio-Concept Laboratories, Inc.
13 Industrial Way
Salem, NH 03079
603-437-4990 x2027

BIGraphics Inc.
472 Amherst Street,Unit 18
Nashua, NH 03063

DOVER Drop-off ONLY:
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
6 Washington Street
Dover, NH 03820
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
Noon – 5:00 p.m. Sundays

Please allow time for delivery. Late entries are NOT accepted.

Show Production Team:

Show Chairpersons: Amber Nicole Cannan, www.ambernicoletheartist.com, and Bridget Overson, www.scottlawsoncompanies.com

Concept, Design & Layout: PixelPushersDesign www.pixelpushersdesign.com

Printing Generously Donated By Keystone Press
Press: Printed on a 4-color Komori Lithrone L426
Contact: Daniel Biron – 603-622-5222 x123 www.keystonepress.com

Paper Generously Donated by Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc.
Stock: Printed on Options 100% PC White, 80# text, process chlorine-free
FSC-certified 100% PC, made with 100% post-consumer recycled fiber. Mohawk purchases enough Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match 100% of electricity used in operations. Paper Green Seal certified.
Contact: Chris Morgan – 603-801-1908 www.mohawkpaper.com

Commercial space assistance provided by Brady Sullivan Properties
Contact: Anne R. Bilodeau, Commercial Property Manager 603-622-6223 www.bradysullivan.com

Questions: annualshow@nhcreativeclub.org
NHCC Hotline: 603-382-5530

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