Think you have the illustrative chops to design a trophy-room memento for the likes of Shaun White, Kelly Clark and Simon Dumont? Have we got the contest for you.
For the 16th annual Winter X Games (Jan. 26-29, 2012 -- Aspen, Colo.), ESPN is calling on aspiring illustrators to design this year's Winter X medal. One winning design will be chosen from emailed submissions, and the winning designer will see their work grace the necks of all the gold, silver and bronze medal-winning athletes in Aspen.
The winner will also receive their own set of Winter X Games medals and recognition as this year's medal designer on the Winter X telecast. The top three designers will also win Winter X Games prize packs with official X Games merchandise.
Submissions can be emailed beginning October 10, and through October 30. The top 16 medal designs, as determined by the X Games staff, will be posted on xgames.com on November 1, at which point, you -- the fan -- will be able to vote for your favorite.
The top three fan picks will battle for a final fan vote beginning November 19, and the winner will be announced on xgames.com December 1.
Some fine print and submission guidelines:
-- Designs should be unique and creative. Your favorite Winter X athletes are going to be wearing your creation around their necks. Make something that is as next-level as they are.
-- Beware of copyright infringement. If you plan on using an image or design that was not created by you, you will need written permission from the artist or company that made it, or your design will be disqualified.
-- Keep it family-friendly. If you have a question as to whether or not what you're making is appropriate for all audiences, chances are the answer is "no."
-- Include your name, location, a brief description (40 words max) of your design and what inspired you to make it. Also, what X Games athlete would you be most excited to see wear it?
-- Design must be no larger than four inches tall or wide and must be emailed, in the form of a JPEG or PRF file, to WinterXmedals@gmail.com.
--All entries must be received between Oct. 10-30. The deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. ET (8:59 p.m. for you West Coast folks), October 30.
-- ESPN reserves the right to make minor modifications to the winning design in order to meet manufacturing needs.