Meth risks theme of art contest

The Hawaii Meth Project’s 2013 “Break the Ice” art contest is aimed at communicating the risks of methamphetamine through works of art.

Hawaii students ages 13 to 18 are eligible to enter the contest during the submission period of Sunday through Oct. 20.

Prospective entrants are asked to visit and choose one of more than 350 pieces of content as direct inspiration for their artwork. The website includes interactive facts, videos, animations, image galleries, personal stories from users and information from experts, which may be used as inspiration for the contest. Using these tools from the website and a lot of imagination, teens can create a visual work of art in any style and medium, with the goal of influencing how people across the state view this harmful and detrimental drug.

Each piece of art must have a clear “Not Even Once” or other anti-meth theme. Contestants will also be required to submit a specific URL to indicate the source of his or her inspiration.

This year, there are two major categories. The first is a traditional and digital art category. For traditional and digital art submissions, there will be two age divisions for entries: students in grades 7 through 9; and students in grades 10 through 12.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top entries in both age divisions, and there also will be a People’s Choice Award for the entry with the most “likes” on Facebook.

New to the competition this year is the second category, a special sticker design contest. In addition to a cash prize for the top design, the winner may also have his or her winning sticker printed and distributed statewide through Hawaii Meth Project outreach efforts. Student artwork in this category must fit in a 5-inch-by-5-inch square. If created using digital software, entrants are asked to create their design at 300 dots per inch.

Only one entry per category is allowed.

Winners from each of the two age divisions for traditional and digital art submissions will receive cash prizes of $300, $150, and $50 for first, second and third places, respectively. The winner of the sticker design category will receive $100, and the People’s Choice Award winner will receive $150. Honorable mention winners will receive Hawaii Meth Project swag bags.

Rules and guidelines for the contest along with samples from last year’s competition can be found at