To celebrate the upcoming 41st UAE National Day, we’ve launched a very cool design contest for all creative bugs across the UAE.

Every year, we endeavour to launch an initiative that helps young artists showcase their talent to a public audience, and specifically the business community. And this year is certainly no different. “Watani” (my land, in Arabic) is a celebration of the multi-faceted cultural fabric of the United Arab Emirates. A cosmopolitan hub with a rich past and a prosperous future, the UAE is an emerging incubator of artistic expression. We are celebrating this diversity and we need YOUR t-shirt design to do this.

Open to designers & artists, from students to professionals, we’re inviting you to channel your interpretation of any element/(s) of the UAE’s diversity that inspire you the most, to create a unique t-shirt design that is anything BUT average. The t-shirt or ‘tee’ is our canvas of choice because it’s a free form clothing piece, that’s worn daily; and it represents a narrative of the identity of its wearer.

PRIZES: All entries will be judged on artistic merit. We have fantastic prizes up for grabs – 3 top winners selected by a jury panel could win up to Dhs5,000, a limited t-shirt print edition AND a place in the  Watani Design Exhibition on November 28th, 2012 in Dubai. We’re also giving 20 lucky contestants the chance to have their designs included in the Watani 2012 Exhibition. The full details are available here on our Facebook page.

RULES of ENTRY: Participants must be based in the UAE. All designs must be original and must be in JPEG or PNG format no bigger than 1MB. Participation is online & very simple. Login to Facebook , search for the Zaman Branding page,  click ‘Like’ to enter the contest and start uploading your designs. Be sure to add an engaging caption for your design to garner public votes. The last date for submission is November 10th (Saturday 11.59pm). Don’t miss out!