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  • Frequently Asked Questions


    There is no Open Call for Artwork at this time. The 2012 Competition Artwork is currently on tour. Please check back for news about upcoming Online Competitions, or check the “Exhibitors” tab for information about hosting an exhibit.


    Question: I am turning 19 soon; can I still enter the competition?

    Answer: You can participate at age 19 if you were (born on or after September 1, 1993).


    Question: How do I enter?

    Answer: To enter, complete a web-based entry form and attach/upload electronic artwork files as required for the specific art category. For detailed information on the process for entering the competition, please refer to the "Guidelines" and "How to Enter" section on this website.


    Question: Will there be winners from each art category and both age groups within that category? Or will there just be two winners over all?

    Answer: There will be winners selected in at least every category and subcategory for a given age group, but also possibly more.


    Question: What is the content of the art entries supposed to be?

    Answer: The purpose of the competition is to encourage today's young people to learn about human space exploration and express their vision of "How will humans use science and technology to explore space, and what mysteries will we uncover?" We believe that the art competition will help bring the ideas of participating youth worldwide to space exploration leaders and other youth and adults.


    Question: We want to produce a music or dance video, which guidelines should we follow?


    • A music video could follow the video guidelines and submission process for the live action or slide show subcategory, as most appropriate. Submitting this artwork as a musical entry is likely less appropriate, since the file types accepted for musical artwork are limited to audio and sheet music file types.
    • Multiple entries from the same person/group are allowed, so if the music for a video is the artist(s)' original creation, and he/she would also like it judged as a musical composition entry, he/she could follow the musical composition guidelines and submit the music as a separate music artwork entry as well as submit the video as a video artwork entry. If the music is submitted in this matter, the musical composition entry could be slightly longer than a video.
    • If dance is really the main feature of a video, then an artist should follow the guidelines and submission process for the dance video.

    Question: Do we need to pre-register to participate in the competition? Do we register now or after the artist has finished the work for the contest?


    • There is no pre-registration process. Artists enter the competition through the online entry system by the posted deadline of 11:59 US Central Standard Time November 18, 2012. Artists should not try to submit to the competition until they have completed their artwork.
    • Complete entry instructions are available on the program website at or The guidelines for the art categories are also available online and describe the criteria to be followed for each art category.

    Question: Can an adult (such as a teacher) submit on behalf of more than one participant?

    Answer: Yes, but a parent or guardian signed agreement is still required for each artist.


    Question: May I submit photographs to the competition?

    Answer: Yes. Original photography is an acceptable art form for entry in the 2D visual art category. If it is not digital photography, simply scan the photo and upload that scanned image to the online entry form. Please note that written permission must be received from all persons included in the photograph. If you plan to use photographs taken by other artists in the creation of your art, you must have permission from the original artist(s) if the photo is not in the public domain and therefore may be subject to copyright laws.