Vintage Travel Poster Contest

Design a vintage travel of Stamford poster,

and win CASH!


Your Challenge

Create your interpretation of a vintage travel poster that promotes a Stamford travel destination, highlighting history, culture, landscape, or attractions. The jurors will look for a design that displays the colorful history, heritage or scenic environment of the Stamford, think eye-catching, iconic images that also showcase your original style.


Contest Details & How to Apply


Entries due: October 30, 2016

Winners Announced: Early December 2016


Reception at Gallery for all entrants: Mid-Spring 2016

Participants must be undergraduate students enrolled in a New England-area graphic design or photography program, or a professional arts, graphic designer or work in a related field.

Each work must be a standardized size of 13″ wide x 19″ high.

All works must be original.

You may submit more than one entry.

Original digital submissions are accepted (digital submissions must be in the form of JPEG at 300 dpi).

The title appearing on the poster must be the name of the destination (e.g. Nature of Stamford), as listed below.


Inspired by deco art, travel posters – (see samples)


We are looking for simple, iconic elements that you see in the samples, we want ours to look similar. We are calling for interpretations of our poster art to be “inspired by” the illustrative style of these travel posters, be they French Art, WPA, National Parks, SF Parks etc.

Image enhancement should take on a “painterly” quality. The art can be photographic, enhanced, filtered and/or illustrated – but work with imagery you have created and own the copyright of.

Buy any stock if it enhances your piece. But only purchase stock that you’re willing to pay for.

Your vintage travel poster must promote something located in the City of Stamford.



  • Create a 300 dpi 13″ x 19″ poster • Work in either .psd/.ai/.ind. We will need layered files with assets easily editable. Outline the headline is ok.
  • Design a strong headline with a deco motif. Use deco-era font and make the headline classy. 3D or shadows effects – ok. Make it pop and have personality relevant to the period.
  • Head (Mandatory): Stamford, Conn.
  • Sub (Optional): Discover New Adventures
  • Call To Action: your can create a call to action if needed


You file name must be your last name, followed by your poster’s destination (e.g. “Smith, Nature of Stamford“).

Send a digital version of your poster along with your name, school, and contact information to

A jury panel will select the winning poster designs. Winning posters will be on display at the Fernando Alvarez Gallery.




1st Prize: $1,000

2nd Prize: $500

3rd Prize: $350


Design Tips


Before you start, think about …

  1. How would you want to travel to Stamford?
  2. What would you see, do, experience, eat, and smell there?



Please note: By submitting an entry, all entrants (i) represent and warrant that the entry is such entrant’s original work created solely by such entrant and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any party; (ii) grant to Stamford Partnership and its affiliates a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, transferable, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sublicensable right and license to use the entry, in any and all media, in perpetuity, anywhere in the world, with the right to make any and all commercial or other uses thereof, including without limitation, reproducing, editing, modifying, adapting, publishing, displaying publicly, creating derivative works from, incorporating into other works or modifying the entry and (iii) hereby release and discharge Stamford Partnership and its affiliates, officers and employees from and against any and all claims, liabilities, costs, damages and expenses of any kind arising out of or relating to the entrant’s participation in this contest and the use by Stamford Partnership of any entry submitted. Subject to the rights granted to Stamford Partnership, entrants shall maintain ownership of the entry and be credited by name for any use by Stamford Partnership of the entry.