General Terms and Conditions for the 2017 National Design Award of Latvia Competition

 

1. The Goal of the Competition

The National Design Award of Latvia is an annual national design industry competition, whose goals are to identify, judge and promote the best accomplishments of Latvian designers, thus facilitating the long-term development and growth of the Latvian design sector.

2. Competition Organisers

The competition is being organised by the H2E Design Studio (hereinafter referred to in the text as - the Organiser) in collaboration with the Republic of Latvia’s Ministry of Culture, the Latvian National Museum of Art’s Decorative Art and Design Department, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, and the Art Academy of Latvia.

3. Competition Participants

Works may be submitted for the competition by any designer or any other person connected with the work, i.e. a private individual or legal entity, municipality, or non-governmental organisation, etc. If one and the same work is submitted more than once, the copy that was submitted first will be approved. Works made in Latvia may be submitted for the competition, along with those made elsewhere in the world, provided that they have been designed by a Latvian citizen. One submitter may submit no more than twoworks to the competition. All works must be available for inspection by the jury. Participants may take part in the competition with several works. Study works may be submitted to the competition in collaboration with the respective student (-s), specifying all persons involved in the creation of the work and their role in the process. The competition is open to participants, who have paid the taxes stipulated by the State for their professional operations (the competition organisers are entitled to verify payment of taxes by consulting a database published by the State Revenue Service).

4. Copyright

In submitting works for the competition and/or giving permission for their works to be submitted, the designers of works are giving the Organiser and the Ministry of Culture irrevocable, territorially unlimited, non-exclusive rights (a simple licence) to be awarded to third persons for the purposes of providing information about the competition and advertising it to an extent corresponding to these goals. A simple licence for the Organiser and the Ministry of Culture will be issued for a period, while the relevant works are protected, in accordance with the Copyright Law. The designer certifies and guarantees that he owns all rights awarded to the Organiser and the Ministry of Culture, and that no restrictions exist in relation to their use. The designer certifies and guarantees that the work is his original work, and that, in creating the work, he or she has not violated the intellectual property rights of any other persons. The designer of the work is liable to any third party in the event that his or her work violates this person’s intellectual property rights. The Organiser is not liable for any harm caused to third parties that could arise from publishing a work submitted for the competition, in accordance with the competition’s requirements. The person submitting the application shall certify that properly licensed computer software was used in the creation of the work submitted for the competition, and that the designer has acted in a manner, whereby his conduct supports, promotes and reflects the highest standards of design and professionalism, in accordance with equal competition rights, and without violating the copyrights of any other persons.

5. Criteria for Judging Works

All works submitted for the competition will be judged according to the same equally important criteria, without dividing them into individual categories:
• originality of the idea,
• compatibility with its purpose,
• aesthetic quality,
• functionality and technological solution,
• appropriate choice and use of materials,
• innovation,
• market potential,
• economic or social value,
• ecological (environmentally friendly) solution and sustainability,
• accessibility.

6. Submission of Works

The timeframe for the submission of works is one month: from 1 January to 1 February 2017. Works must be submitted by completing an application form on the homepage: www.dizainabalva.lv. On the last date for the submission of works, i.e. at 24.00 on 1 February, the work submission form on the Internet will be closed. Submitted works must have been created during the two years prior to the submission of the application, i.e. from 1 January 2015 to 1 January 2017. The application form will specify precisely what written and visual information must be submitted about the work and what technical parameters for visual materials must be complied with. All information on the application form must be specified in two languages, i.e. in Latvian and English. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the submitted work not being judged. The person submitting the work is responsible for the information specified in the application. Small-scale submitted works that can be transported (e.g. products, print works and solutions, etc.) must be delivered to the Organiser at the specified time and place, which will be specified and announced on the competition’s Internet homepage: www.dizainabalva.lv. In the event that these requirements are not complied with, the relevant submitted work will not be judged. Once judging of works has ended, applicants, whose works have not been included among the finalists, must collect their works at a time that will be specified and announced on the competition’s Internet homepage: www.dizainabalva.lv. The Organiser will not store works after the expiry of the set term.

7. The Jury

The works submitted for the competition will be judged by a jury comprised of both Latvian and international experts. The composition of the jury for the 2017 competition will be announced publicly before the submission of works for the competition. The jury will make its decision on the basis of a simple majority of votes. In the event that the votes of those present are divided equally, the vote of the jury chairman will be decisive. Jury members must not in any way be connected to the submitted works (i.e. they must not be the designers, clients or owners of such works, and nor may they be the professional colleagues of a designer from the same firm, or his or her family members, etc.).

8. Procedures for Judging Works

Judging of the competition’s works will take place in two stages. During the first stage, the competition jury will judge all submitted works electronically, as well as in person, and select the finalists, i.e. the works that represent the goal of the competition, in accordance with the judging criteria. Works nominated for the final (second stage) will be publicly announced on the competition’s Internet homepage: www.dizainabalva.lv and in other publicity materials, as well as being exhibited in an exhibition of works nominated for the final. After judging the finalists’ works, the jury will decide on the winners of the competition’s highest awards at the competition’s concluding awards ceremony, which will take place on 3 March 2017. The jury will prepare a brief appraisal of each work nominated for the final. This appraisal will be publicly available on the competition’s Internet homepage: www.dizainabalva.lv

9. Announcement of the Results and the Exhibition of the Finalists’ Works

At the competition’s closing awards ceremony, which will be held on 3 March 2017, the most outstanding creators of Latvian design products and services will be honoured. Works nominated for the final will be exhibited and publicly on view in an exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design from 3-31 March 2017, as well as in other exhibitions in Latvia and overseas.

10. The Awards

Three levels of awards will be awarded under the auspices of the competition:
• a finalist's diploma will be awarded to all final works nominated by the jury, but which have not been awarded awards in either of the two highest awards categories,
• the 2017 National Design Award of Latvia will be awarded to the best works in the final, in accordance with a decision made by the jury,
• the 2017 Grand National Design Award of Latvia will be awarded to one work in the final, in accordance with a decision made by the jury. 

The jury may decide on the number of awards to be awarded, as well as not to award one or more of the awards. At the competition awards ceremony on 3 March 2017, the competition’s winners will be publicly announced and the designers of the competition’s final works will receive awards, with finalist’s diplomas and the awards of the 2017 National Design Award of Latvia and the 2017 Grand National Design Award of Latvia being awarded to the designers of the best works. The awards will be awarded to the designers of the works specified on the work submission form.