Young artists invited to get people voting with poster competition

Aug 05, 2022

Young people are invited to enter a poster design competition where the winning design could be printed on the back of a bus.

The competition, run by the Queenstown Lakes District Council, is to design a poster that encourages people to vote in this year’s local elections.

QLDC’s electoral officer Jane Robertson says the competition, which is open to anyone aged 15-20, aims to engage young people in the elections.

“While young people under the age of 18 can’t vote, we want to engage them in the election process. Voting habits and an interest in democracy can start young, especially if we make it interesting.”

The winning design may be displayed on the back of a public bus, published in the council's Scuttlebutt magazine and on its website and social media channels, and shared with local and national media. Large copies of the winning design will also be printed for the local community and school.

“We hope that keen art or design students, or any young person, may be interested in entering to help boost their portfolio for any future art and design endeavours – art school, further education, job applications anything like that. Or perhaps just because they have an interest in design, communications, and democracy,” Ms Robertson says.

Keen to have a go?

  • The competition is open to 15 to 20-year-olds living in the Queenstown Lakes District. Entries close at midnight on Sunday, August 21. Entries need to be PDF or JPEG and sent to communications@qldc.govt.nz with the subject line: Voting poster competition.
  • Terms and conditions are available here.
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