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VISUAL STORYTELLING CONTEST: solidarity, care and compassion in the age of social distancing


The COVID-19 pandemic has been reshaping how we think, act, live, work, interact, share, socialise, travel, and stay healthy. We invite you to share your hopes, visions and possibilities for a post-COVID world through short illustrated stories that imagine a future where people can:

PARTICIPATE in a changing society without feeling out-of-place, intimidated or overwhelmed
IMAGINE new social realities without compromising liberty, equality, dignity, and empathy for all
NURTURE critical thinking to prevent us from walking into a dystopian future where we are duped into reactionary or reductive choices
CREATE a safe, sensitive, robust world where health and economy can meet the unforeseen with grace and collective wisdom

Behaviour I Habit
Health I Hygiene
Urban I Rural
Public I Private
Fear I Information
Mobility | Access
Productivity I Growth
Environment I Planet
Compassion I Courage

Entry is free and open to all Indians residing in India and abroad. Teams or individuals may enter. Terms and conditions apply.

Submit your entry as a visual narrative. Choose between 1 and 10 panels to illustrate your story. If you have text, it may be in English or Hindi. Entries accepted as a single file (JPEG or PDF format) on this website.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 23.00h (11 pm) IST. Winners will be announced on our website on Friday, August 8, 2020.

1st Prize: INR 50,000 • 2nd Prize: INR 30,000 • 3rd Prize: INR 20,000
Once selected, winners will have the opportunity to interact with accomplished professionals from relevant disciplines to develop a body of work comprising three (3) different stories. Winners will be free to choose their formats based on their interactions and design evolution. 50 per cent of the prize money will be given after the winners are announced. Remaining 50 per cent will be disbursed after the winners have submitted the complete body of work post-interaction with mentor/s.


The Olive Ridley Collective:

Association of Designers of India:
National Institute of Design:
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