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An exciting new creative competition has been launched today, giving both new and established illustrators, graphic designers and artists the chance to have their work featured alongside some of the UK’s top llustrators in a special range of charity Christmas cards for the Cornwall-based charity ShelterBox.
The cards will be sold in packs of 10, featuring two sets of five designs. Competition entrants across the UK will be vying for their design to be featured as the fifth card alongside the four other high‐profile illustrators contributing work. All profits from the cards will go direct to ShelterBox, the international disaster relief charity based in Helston, Cornwall.
Jon Burgerman, one of the UK’s most revered illustrators and cartoonists, is designing the first card in the set: “In this iAge of digital everything, a nicely designed card is a great little goodie to give,” he said. “It can be like a mini artwork, beaming from a mantel piece.”
Exhibiting across the world from LA to Shanghai, Barcelona to Melbourne, Jon’s distinctive style has gained a cult following in recent years and won him a Cannes Lions Advertising Award. He’s designed everything from tees, trainers, toys and video games to a popular iPhone app launched earlier this year. The second card in the set will be designed by Jenny Bowers – whose recent projects include illustrations for Channel 4, The New York Times, Creative Review and Samsung – with two more names being announced at the official launch in November.
The Christmas cards and competition are the idea of Penryn‐based creative communications agency, Stranger Collective – the team behind the former award‐winning creative lifestyle magazine. Helen Gilchrist, director of Stranger Collective, said: “We wanted to create an alternative range of Christmas cards this year – cards that are original, colourful and fun, which we would want to send our friends. After publishing the magazine, we’re lucky to be in touch with a fantastic network of illustrators like Jon and Jenny – but wanted to use this as an opportunity to show off fresh talent too.”
Helen has recently become a ShelterBox Response Team member, trained to accompany ShelterBox’s aid into the disaster zone to ensure it reaches those who need it most. She adds: “ShelterBox was our natural choice of charity – they’re highly respected on the international stage, they were the leading provider of emergency shelter in Haiti, and are based just up the road from us!”
Each ShelterBox provides an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and essential survival equipment to use while they rebuild their homes.
A special event to launch the cards will be held on the evening Thursday 11 November at The Poly, Falmouth, where the final five designs will be unveiled. The cards will then be available to buy in shops and online up until Christmas.
This rare opportunity to contribute a design is open to everyone. The competition closes at midnight on Wednesday 20 October and the winner will be announced on Friday 22 October.

How to enter:
• Email your designs to christmascards@stranger‐collective.com
• Designs should be 300dpi, 105 x 150mm JPGs in portrait aspect ratio.
• Illustrations should focus around a seasonal theme of Christmas, contain no specific religious content and
appeal to a wide audience.