Can I enter if I've never used Mental Canvas before?

Yes! This challenge is for everyone. This is not a competition for the most complex or technical creation, it’s an opportunity to reimagine what drawing can be. And we’re here to help! When you register for the challenge, you will have access to live training sessions and webinars.

I’m not a professional artist, do I still have a chance of winning?

Absolutely. Creativity is key here: you can make an incredible, award-winning creation without being a professional artist.

Can a team enter?

Only 1 person can submit an entry. It is your responsibility to share the prize if you collaborated with others to create the entry.

Can Minors submit?

Anyone can submit who is over the age of 13 at the time of submission. If you are a minor in the jurisdiction in which you reside, you must have the consent of your parent or legal guardian and have them fill out the contact information section of registration.

Can a company enter?

Only individuals can submit, but you can collaborate with colleagues if your organization approves of it. It is your responsibility to share the prize if you collaborated with others to create the entry.

Is there a Student Prize?

There is not a student-specific prize, but students are highly encouraged to participate. This challenge is all about innovation and creativity, and students are well suited for it!

Is this only open to certain countries?

The Challenge is global, but there may be some restrictions. Click here to see if Paypal is available in your country should you win a prize. 

Please note: The Contest is void in the Crimea region of Ukraine, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Quebec, Puerto Rico and anywhere else such contests are prohibited or restricted by law. It is your responsibility to comply with the contest laws of your country/jurisdiction. Certain countries/jurisdictions have laws regarding Contests that may prevent Sponsor from awarding you your Prize. If you are a winner and this happens to be the case with your country/jurisdiction, you acknowledge that you may not be able to receive any Prize at all from Sponsor. By entering this Contest, you acknowledge the risks, and understand that you may win, but not be able to receive a Prize.

Is it free to enter?

Yes, it’s free. It’s free to download the promotional version of Mental Canvas Draw (on Windows or iOS) during the contest period and it’s free to register and submit to the Challenge.

What do I need to submit?

First, you will create your Mental Canvas masterpiece. From there, you’ll submit both the MCS file and the corresponding video. Along with that, you will share the video on the social platform of your choice, and provide a link to the post.

Why do I need to submit the mcs file?

We want to ensure that you’re creating the submission entirely in Mental Canvas, no post processing! Plus, seeing the Mental Canvas file allows us to step right inside the drawing and see more than we ever could with the video.

Can I use images?

Of course. You can import JPGs and PNGs in Mental Canvas Draw. The images can be photographs and/or other forms of digital art. You can create an entirely image-based scene, or collage images and drawings together. If you do include images, please consider the copyright: you should not include images that are owned by others.

Can I add music?

No. To keep the contest fair, the entry should be created entirely within the Mental Canvas Draw Software. No post processing is allowed, therefore, you cannot add music to the submission.  That said, you’re welcome to add music to anything you post on Social Media.

How do I submit?

There are 2 important steps in the submission process:
(1) post your video to a social media platform
(2) submit your entry through the submission portal in Mental Canvas Draw. The submission portal will open in August. Register to receive important notifications.

Why do I need to post on social media?

The $100k challenge is a huge opportunity for you to show off your creativity, and we want you to share your masterpiece with the world! Join the Mental Canvas community online to share your work and get inspired from others.

Who are the judges?

The judges will remain anonymous during the competition to ensure they will not be contacted or biased. The judging panel will be at least 5 judges with a majority from the Partner organizations and external experts. Mental Canvas reserves the right to add more judges.

What are the judging criteria?

The Judges will evaluate each entry on the following criteria: creativity, innovation, aesthetics and originality. The categories do not impact the selection of the Grand Prize.

Will every entry be considered?

Of course. Every submission will be considered.

What is the breakdown of the prizes?

There are 18 prizes in total.  There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner for the grand prize along with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each of the 5 categories. The prize breakdown is as follows:

Grand prize (across all submissions, regardless of category):
1st: $25,000
2nd: $15,000
3rd: $10,000

Categories Winners (for each of the 5 categories):
1st: $5,000 (x5)
2nd: $3,000 (x5)
3rd: $2,000 (x5)

In addition, there will be honorable mentions for a free 1 year mental Canvas subscription with a cash value of $1,000

How will I be notified if I win?

We will contact you via the e-mail address provided at registration. This is why it’s very important you provide accurate contact information! You will have up to five business days to accept, and we will award the prize to an alternate winner should you not accept within that time-frame.

What about taxes?

Any taxes owed as a result of winning are the sole responsibility of the winner.

Can I win both a category prize and a grand prize?

No, you won’t be able to win multiple prizes, but you’re eligible to win any of the 18 prizes when you submit.

How do I submit an entry for a category prize? What about the grand prize?

You will select the categories you prefer to be considered for at the submission stage, but the judges will ultimately determine your entry’s category assignment. They reserve the right to award submissions in any category deemed appropriate. Any submission that the judges consider the “best-of” Mental Canvas content will be awarded the grand prize, regardless of category.

Will submitting in a certain category affect my chances of winning the grand prize?

No, the grand prizes will be awarded to the “best-of” all entries, which isn’t determined by a specific category.

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