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Q1. Must the entry be an original work newly created for this contest? Can I submit a work created in the past?
A1. The entry can be new or past works. However, the entry must be unpublished works and created by the creator himself/herself.
Q2. The contest is said to target creators who produce commercial/utility designs. Does the screening take into consideration past achievements of the creator?
A2. Both professional and amateur designers are welcome to participate. Past achievements of the creator will not be considered in the screening. Newcomers to the field of commercial design are also encouraged to participate. The screening will only evaluate the sensibility expressed in the creator's works.
Q3. The Entry Information requires you to be a "creator" to be eligible for the contest. Can an advertiser participate in the contest?
A3. In principle, the contest is not open to advertisers, only to creators who produce the works. Joint entry with the advertiser being the author and the creator as the entrant is possible; however, it is imperative that the entry be unpublished works.
Q4. Can I submit a work that has been submitted to another public contest before?
A4. In principle, this contest is for works that have never been published in Japan or overseas. However, works that have been submitted to other public contests in the past but have not been awarded can be brushed up and submitted to this contest.
Q5. Can I submit a work that has been displayed in a way other than a public contest?
A5. Yes. Please indicate on the entry form the date and name of exhibition as reference information.
Q6. Can a project group enter the contest?
A6. In principle, the contest is for individual creators. However, joint entry by a group is acceptable. Please fill in the name of the group's representative in the applicant's space and attach a document listing the group's name and its members. (The attached list can be in any format.)
Q7. I would like to submit a graphic work. What is the requirement for image resolution?
A7. Resolution between 150 to 300 dpi will not pose any problem for printing. The maximum size is A1.
Q8. Instead of making the product, is it possible to just draw the design on the entry form and fill in the necessary information?
A8. When entering, you cannot send your actual work. Please attach images of your work. In the product design area for example, you don't have to actually make the product. It is sufficient to submit computer graphic images or scanned images of a hand-drawn illustration of the design.
Q9. I am thinking of submitting an entry for a kitchen product. Is this acceptable?
A9. Yes. As long as it is an eco design, it does not matter for what purpose the product is used.
Q10. I am thinking of entering the eco design contest. Is it okay to submit an architectural design (eco-house)?
A10. Yes. We look forward to seeing your idea of architectural designs such as an eco-house.
Q1. Can I submit a work that has been submitted to another public contest before?
A1. In principle, this contest is for works that have never been published in Japan or overseas. However, works that have been submitted to other public contests in the past but have not been awarded can be brushed up and submitted to this contest.
Q2. Can I submit a work that has been displayed in a way other than a public contest?
A2. Yes. Please indicate on the entry form the date and name of exhibition as reference information.
Q3. The eco-music contest targets amateurs. How do you define an amateur?
A3. An amateur can be someone who used to work as a professional but currently does not belong to any music agency or does not have a contract with a recording company.
- One earns income by performing in live concerts or publishing and selling self-produced CD
- One who has performed as a professional in the past
- One who publishes music on his/her own website and sells self-produced CD
Even if any of the above conditions applies, the music can still be submitted as an entry if it has not been registered with the JASRAC and it has not won any award in other public contests.
Q4. Eco-music gives the impression of healing music or folk music that uses, for example, African musical instruments. Do you have any genre requirements? Will rock music using electric musical instruments be considered eco-music?
A4. There is no limitation on the genre or instruments that produce the music. It does not matter whether it is rock, techno, folk, or rap music. Please use your creative freedom and talent as an artist to create eco-music, which appeals to the public to be environment-conscious.
Q5. You require entries to be works that have not been published in Japan or overseas. What do you mean by "unpublished"?
A5. "Unpublished" refers to the following conditions: 1.the work is not for sale or sold independently, and 2.the copyright of the work has not been registered with the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC).
Q6. I would like to enter an eco-music piece with lyrics. Do I need to attach the lyrics separately?
A6. Please write the lyrics in the "Others" column of the entry form.
Q7. I would like to enter a picture book. How should the photos of the work be submitted?
A7. The images that can be submitted are limited to five. For a picture book, the author can choose five representative images and submit the image data as entry. In such case, you can describe the whole story in the entry form. The author can also choose to include several pages in one image data. (For example, a 25-page picture book can be submitted by dividing the book into five image data, with five pages on each image data.)