Call for Entries: CorelDRAW International Design Contest

While the graphics community recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of Adobe Photoshop, it's by no means the only graphics application with more than two decades of experience under its belt. The CorelDRAW vector illustration and page layout program is also a member of this elite group, with it being for many years the central element of Corel's Graphics Suite. Version X7, released in April of last year, was a major update.

I have been following CorelDRAW closely since it was released in 1989. In fact, I wrote the first book dedicated to it, ran the CorelNET.com site for Corel Corp. and even published a magazine devoted to DRAW, the CorelDRAW Journal. Some releases of DRAW have made me question whether it had a future. But X7 was happily not one of those. In fact, it's one of the strongest, most professional Suite releases in recent memory. If you're a Windows user and need to create a wide variety of illustrations and short documents, as well as edit photos, you need to either subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud or purchase Xara Designer Pro or CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7. It's as simple as that.

The CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is currently available as a licensed product, which requires a one-time payment that results in permanent ownership of the downloadable or box product. You can add a Premium Membership to this and receive early access to new features, exclusive content and the next major release of the Suite at no extra cost. Finally, you can opt for a subscription model and pay a monthly or annual fee to use the product for as long as payments are made, similar to Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions.

So what about the contest, you ask? This time the categories for submitting work include Advertising/Specialty Graphics, Vehicle Wraps, Textile/Fashion Design, General Illustration/Fine Art, Student and Speed Drawing Video. The latter tasks participants to create a time-lapse video showing the creation of a design in CorelDRAW or PHOTO-PAINT. Three winners in each category, including one grand-prize winner, will be chosen for each category, resulting in a total of 18 winners. The grand prize winner will receive a Roland VersaStudio BN-20 Desktop Printer/Cutter, Wilcom EmbroideryStudio e3 with All Elements an iStock Signature 50 Annual Subscription and $10,000 in cash. Other prizes include products from Corel, Wilcom, iStock, Stock Layout, EuroSystems and Monotype.

Three winners will be chosen for each category, including one grand-prize winner, resulting in a total of 18 winners. Judging will take place throughout the months of June and July, and Corel will announce the winners at the end of July. It's worth noting that entries need only be saved in CorelDRAW or PHOTO-PAINT formats. Both applications provide support for a wide variety of graphic file format imports and trial versions of each are available for download. So it would seem that artwork created with just about any application could serve as a starting part for an entry. Entries can be submitted until May 31, 2015.

More information is available on the Corel site.