Design Contest Update- March 7, 2021

The T-Shirt Design Contest closed for new entries on Feb 26th. The IAR judges selected six designs as finalists and we received over 400 votes to decide the winner! The winning design is by Zoe Schulze! Our six finalists were Zoe Schulze, Amishi Goel, Rick Gardner, Caitlin Alexander, Brian Chiarizia, and Haenah Kim. Congratualtions to Zoe and to all our finalists!

All entries submitted for consideration can be seen a the end of the page. Thank you to everyone who entered a design!

The Fast and Furriest 5K T-Shirt Design Contest

Independent Animal Rescue is holding a T-shirt design contest for the Fast and Furriest Virtual 5K. The winner of the design contest will have their design printed on the front of our event T-shirts, which all event registrants will receive. The design may also be used in the event logo and/or promotional materials. The contest rules and details on how to enter are below.

Submission Criteria

1.  Your design must include the name of the event "Fast and Furriest 5K", "2021", and "Independent Animal Rescue" OR "Independent Animal Rescue's".

2.  The design must be original. By submitting a design, you guarantee that you hold original rights to it and that it does not contain any copyright material. You also give IAR permission to reproduce and print the design.

3.  File Type: Vector files with text set to outlines is preferred. If vector is not an option, please send your design in at a minimum of 8" x 8" with a resolution of 300dpi. EPS, PDF, JPG, TIFF and PNG file formats are welcome. Both RGB and CMYK color profiles are acceptable.

4.      Design must be against a white or transparent background.

5.      Design will be printed with no more than 4 colors. Solid colors are preferred.

6.      Independent Animal Rescue reserves the right to adjust entries as needed but will make every effort to preserve the integrity of the artist’s work when printing the design. Color and detail may alter in printing.

Eligibility and How to Submit a Design

1.      The contest is open to anyone 18 years or older. Entrants under 18 years of age must have permission from a parent or guardian to participate. By submitting a design, you confirm that you meet these requirements.

2.      Entries must be emailed to by February 26, 2021 to be considered.

3.      All entry emails should have the subject line “’2021 T-Shirt Design Contest’ + 'Designer’s Name'”. Include the designer’s name, email address, and telephone number in the body of the email.

4.      Have fun! We look forward to seeing your designs!

How The Winner Will Be Selected

1.      There will be two rounds of voting.

  • Round 1: Entries will be judged by IAR event organizers and up to 3 finalists will be selected.
  • Round 2: The finalists will be presented to the public for a vote on the final design. Voting will take place on Facebook but you do not need to be a Facebook member to vote.

2.      Designs will be judged on the following criteria.

  • Represents Independent Animal Rescue.
  • Incorporates the essence of the Fast and Furriest 5K event.
  • Clarity and completeness of the design.
  • Concept and originality.
  • Feasibility of printing/reproduction.
  • Adherence to the contest rules and guidelines above.

Contest Deadlines and Dates

February 8, 2021- Contest opens for entries.

February 26, 2021- SUBMISSION DEADLINE.

March 1-6, 2021- Community voting for contest winner.

March 7, 2021- Winner announced.

March 27, 2021- Fast and Furriest 5K event begins! T-Shirts will be released on or before this date.

Design Contest Entries