Pokémon Art Academy competition announced
A Pokémon Art Academy competition will be held from Feb. 18 to March 29, 2015. The six winners of this competition will have their artwork made into a Pokémon Trading Card Game card.
There are two separate instances of the competition being run: one for people in North America, and one for people in Europe and Oceania. The competition for North America is open to residents of the United States (50 states and Washington D.C.), Canada, and Mexico. The competition for Europe and Oceania is open to residents of Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, and Russia (Italy is specifically excluded).
Each of the six winners of each competition will receive 100 copies of the card with their artwork; these cards are purely promotional, and will not be otherwise available nor will they be legal in Play! Pokémon events. These cards will be sent out in Northern Hemisphere autumn 2015.
The competition has two categories: "Dress-Up Pikachu" and "Your Favorite Pokémon". In Dress-Up Pikachu, entrants design and draw their own costume for Pikachu, like the costumes of Cosplay Pikachu. In "Your Favorite Pokémon", entrants draw a picture of any Pokémon. Each category can only be entered once; if multiple entries are made, only the first entry will be recognized.
Artwork entered into the competition is licensed to The Pokémon Company International to use and re-license as they wish.
To enter, players must create and save an image in Pokémon Art Academy using Free Paint mode, select the “Share” option from Pokémon Art Academy’s main menu and connect to Miiverse, select the “Post to Competition” option and agree to the Official Rules, highlight the category the drawing is being entered in then choose “Select Competition”, slide over the image and select it and then choose “Share Selected”, enter a title to accompany the artwork and then select “Post”. The image will be posted to Miiverse and entered into the competition.
People associated with the contest or the companies running it are ineligible. In the European and Oceanian competition, entrants must be aged 3 years or older, and entrants under the age of 18 require the permission of a parent or guardian to enter.
Text cannot be included in either artwork. The artwork must comply with the Miiverse Code of Conduct. The entrant must have created the artwork themself. The North American competition requires that the artwork be suitable for general audiences (such that it doesn't contain material that is offensive, obscene or illegal, or that violates the rights of others. The North American competition also specifies that the artwork must not contain any third-party materials.
The preliminary judging panel will select 50 drawings from each category according to the skill, artistic expression, originality and creativity demonstrated. From those 50 drawings, the final judging panel will select three winners per category according to the same criteria.
The final judging panel comprises some of the creators of the Pokémon universe; the North American competition specifies that they will be selected by The Pokémon Company, whereas the European and Oceanian competition specifies that they will be Trading Card illustrators. For the European and Oceanian competition, full names of members of the judging panel and the Trading Card illustrators judging the contest are available by written request to The Pokémon Company International received within 3 months of the closing date of the contest.
Winners will be announced in April or May 2015 (sources contradict each other), with winners being notified by April 30. When notified, the winners of the European and Oceanian competition will be required to fill out a participation form and send The Pokémon Company International a high resolution version of their artwork. When notified, the winners of the North American competition will be required to follow the instructions included in the email. In both competitions, if the selected entrant fails to do so within seven days, another winner may be selected.
After verification, each winner of the North American competition will be publicly announced (using such winner's Nintendo Network ID, Mii character, and country of residence) on Pokémon.com, artacademy.nintendo.com/pokemon/, and through other channels.
Nintendo Network ID, Mii, Mii nickname and country of residence of the winners of the European and Oceanian competition may be published on Miiverse, the Pokémon website and other websites promoting or selling the Pokémon products, YouTube, or social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. The winners' names and country of residence will be available on written request to The Pokémon Company International received within 3 months of the closing date of the contest.
Each of the six winners of each competition will receive 100 copies of the card with their artwork; these cards are purely promotional, and will not be otherwise available nor will they be legal in Play! Pokémon events. These cards will be sent out in Northern Hemisphere autumn 2015. The North American competition values this prize at $40.
The North American competition is subject to the laws of the State of Washington in the United States, although residents of Quebec should submit litigations to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux in some circumstances. The European and Oceanian competition is subject to the laws of England and Wales.
US press release
| “ BELLEVUE, WA - February 12, 2015 - The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo invite Pokémon fans and budding illustrators to enter an international Pokémon Art Academy Competition using the Pokémon Art Academy game available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The competition opens on February 18, 2015, and closes on March 29, 2015, and the winners will be announced in May 2015. The entries will be accepted via Miiverse, accessible via the Nintendo 3DS. This is an exciting opportunity for would-be Pokémon artists from around the world, as the competition’s winners will have their masterpiece turned into their very own Pokémon TCG card!
The game offers aspiring Pokémon artists 40 lessons in how to paint, sketch, and draw popular Pokémon. Students of Pokémon Art Academy can pick up illustration skills that they can transfer onto real canvas, or they can share their digital masterpieces with the world. Now, would-be artists can enter a special competition via Miiverse which allows them to showcase their talents as graduates of the Pokémon Art Academy!
Six talented winners will be selected by a panel of judges comprised of some of the creators of the much-loved Pokémon universe. Each winner will receive 100 cards featuring his or her winning image–meaning that they will be in possession of some TCG cards of their own making.*
There are two categories for budding Pokémon artists to enter: Dress-Up Pikachu and Your Favorite Pokémon.
Inspired by the special Cosplay Pikachu, which can be discovered in the recently launched Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video games, this category gives entrants the chance to play fashion designer and create their very own Pikachu outfit!
In the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video games, Pikachu can dress up as Pikachu Belle; Pikachu Rock Star; Pikachu Pop Star; Pikachu, Ph.D.; and Pikachu Libre. Donning an array of new looks, Cosplay Pikachu can learn moves that ordinary Pikachu cannot learn in normal gameplay, and all have fun costumes that are sure to inspire the would-be costume designers who enter this category.
This category gives entrants the chance to submit their own artistic impressions of a favorite Pokémon, which they can do using the Free Paint mode of Pokémon Art Academy. So, if Snorlax awakens an inner Leonardo da Vinci, or Rayquaza gets fans painting with flying colours, then this is their perfect category!
Details of how to enter can be found below, so all that remains is for Pokémon fans to grab a stylus and start discovering their inner artist with Pokémon Art Academy!
*The winners’ cards will not be made available for sale in regular Pokémon TCG products nor will they be eligible to take part in Play! Pokémon officially sanctioned organized play events.
How to Enter the Pokémon Art Academy Competition
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Must be a legal resident of the United States (including D.C.), Canada or Mexico. 6 prizes total, ARV $40 each. Additional terms and conditions apply. For a full set of rules, http://pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-art-academy/competition/rules.”