Go to Oceanfest.... design the t-shirt!

YOUNG designers of the future are being invited to help capture the spirit of one of the region's most iconic areas on a t-shirt. North Devon Biosphere Reserve has teamed up with Saltrock and GoldCoast Oceanfest to launch an exciting design competition fo

YOUNG designers of the future are being invited to help capture the spirit of one of the region's most iconic areas on a t-shirt.North Devon Biosphere Reserve has teamed up with Saltrock and GoldCoast Oceanfest to launch an exciting design competition for students aged up to 18 and primary school pupils living in the Reserve area. The winners will have the chance to work with the creative team at surf wear clothing manufacturer and retailer Saltrock to enhance and produce their designs.Then on Saturday, June 20 they will be able to join organisers on the main stage at GoldCoast Oceanfest 2009 in Croyde to launch their shorts, which will be sold throughout the festival and beyond.Entries should be A4-sized artwork and/or a text design, submitted in either printed or digital media. Closing date for entries is Wednesday, May 6 and they should capture why this area and the only UNESCO Biosphere in the UK are so special.Themes can be inspired by the outstanding natural environment, interconnections with nature, special features of the area, a greener future, sustainability and the health, well-being, sport and leisure factors."We really appreciate the support from the surfing and entertainment industry to help promote the benefits of our special UNESCO status," said Andy Bell, Biosphere Co-ordinator.The three day GoldCoast Oceanfest is celebrating its 11th year and will run from June 19-21.The winners whose designs are launched at the festival will also receive complimentary GoldCoast passes."The Oceanfest is all about good times, great sport, quality music and looking after the environment," said Director Warren Latham."Whether you are making the most of your moment on sand, in the sea or simply celebrating the surroundings of the Biosphere Reserve, this is a festival with a conscience and thus we are delighted to support any initiative that nurtures our coastal playgrounds for future generations." The t-shirts will be on sale after the festival via the Biosphere Reserve website and Saltrock outlets. Profits from sales will go to The Biosphere Foundation, an environmental not-for-profit organisation supporting community projects in North Devon.Andy Bell added: "The Reserve is very much about thinking properly regarding the future. We hope the students of North Devon will lead the way by capturing the spirit of the Biosphere Reserve, motivating others with their innovative designs."Winning entries will be judged by a panel of representatives from the Biosphere Reserve, Biosphere Foundation, Oceanfest and Saltrock. Runners-up will also get to see their designs on display throughout the Oceanfest weekend.Full terms and conditions can be found at www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk. Entries must have a Biosphere theme and can be sent to T-shirt Competition, The North Devon Biosphere Reserve, Bideford, Devon, EX39 4BB.


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