Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Washington State Ferries’ summer schedule cover contest

With summer just around the corner, it's time to leave the passenger cabin for sunnier skies on the sun deck!


By Nicola Zanchi

Calling all high school students. We're looking for a sunny new look for our summer 2017 sailing schedule.

Summer is our busiest sailing season, as millions of tourists and locals flock to our ferries to spend time on the water. Whether it is yoga on the sun deck, riding a bicycle aboard for a two-wheeled island adventure, or taking in the sights from the pickle fork, summer on the ferry is an unforgettable experience.

High schoolers are invited to send us their best drawing of what “Summer sightings on the ferry” means to them.

School's out for summer

As Alice Cooper crooned, school's out for summer – or will be soon – and high schoolers, we want you to indulge your summer break daydream and participate in our summer schedule cover contest! Students currently in grades 9-12 have until early April to create and submit original artwork based on the theme "Summer sightings on the ferry."
Alexander Sowers, a 13-year-old
from Seattle, won our 2017
spring sailing schedule
drawing contest with
this image.

This summer we will print more than 985,000 ferry schedules with the selected cover art and distribute them across our 10 ferry terminals and 22 vessels that make up our fleet. With more than eight million passengers travelling aboard our ferries last summer, just think of all of the people who will see your artwork!

CONTEST RULES

Who is eligible?

All students currently in grades 9-12 are eligible and invited to participate in this contest. Submissions will be accepted beginning Wednesday, March 22. The contest ends Monday, April 10. No submissions will be accepted after that date.

What are the submission requirements?
  • Dimensions:
    • Electronic: Submissions must be 300 dpi or higher, and portrait oriented. Submissions cannot exceed 16 MB.
    • By Mail: Submissions must be on 8.5 x 11 paper, and portrait oriented.
  • Media: We welcome a variety of media, both designs produced by hand and computer graphic design.Submissions must be in black and white. Color submissions will not be accepted. Artists are encouraged to use bold, strong lines.
  • Original artwork: All work must be original and include a ferry or elements of a ferry (i.e. life ring). No copyright images, text or other material will be accepted. (For example, artwork depicting characters from television shows, video games or books is not allowed).
  • Ownership: Artist submissions shall be treated as being free of restrictions and limitations to their use. By submitting artwork, you give ownership to WSF and authorize WSF to post your entry on our website indefinitely, and grant WSF the right to use, print and publish your design.
  • Deadline: All submissions must be received by Survey Monkey or mail by Monday, April 10.


Our summer schedule drawing contest is open to anyone in grades 9-12.

How do students submit their artwork?
  • Electronic: Submissions must be entered via Survey Monkey. Please fill out the form with contact information and upload the artwork by Monday, April 10.
  • By Mail: Submissions must be received by Monday, April 10. All submissions should include a note with the student's name, age, grade, school, and the best phone number and email to contact them. All hard copy submissions should be sent to the following address:

    Washington State Ferries
    ATTN: Communications Staff Aide
    2901 3rd Ave. Suite 500
    Seattle, WA 98121
  • Please note: Each student may only submit one entry.
Who will select the winning artwork?

A panel of judges from the WSF executive team will review entries. A winner whose work best depicts the theme of "Summer sightings on the ferry" will be selected. Entries will be judged on creativity, originality, clarity of theme and artistic merit.

What do I win?

Five finalists will be selected and featured on the WSF website, on the WSF Twitter, and in the WSF weekly update. From those finalists, the winning artwork will be chosen to be featured on the 2017 WSF summer sailing schedule.

Questions? Contact us at wsfcomms@wsdot.wa.gov