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- Can I use other art mediums in my entry besides Copic products?
- Yes. You can use any other art mediums, such as acrylic, watercolors, colored pencils or ink), but the majority of your artwork must be created with Copic products (e.g. markers, Multiliner pens, etc.).
- What is the maximum size my artwork can be?
- The size of actual works should be within L420mm x W297mm x D300mm, with the weight of 5kg or less, or within L17" x W12" x D12", with the weight of 11 pounds or less.
L420mm x W297mm is equivalent to the international paper size A3. For A size, A3 (297 x 420mm), A4 (210 x 297mm), A5 (148 x 210mm), and A6 (105 x 148mm) are acceptable. For B size, B4 (250 x 353mm), B5 (176 x 250mm), and B6 (125 x 176mm) are also acceptable. As long as it is within L420mm x W297mm, any paper size is acceptable.
*If your work is selected as one of the finalists, we will ask you to send the original work to us for judging, so we have set the above size limit.
*Please do not use ceramic, glass, or other materials that can be damaged during transportation as base material.
- What format should I submit my entry in and what is the maximum file size?
- Three still image files of the same artwork can be submitted (no videos). Images must be uploaded as .jpg format. Maximum size of each file must be no larger than 5MB.
- I don't have a scanner. Can I use my camera instead?
- Yes, you can use a camera. However, we need a good quality photo for judging your artwork, so please be sure to use a high-quality camera.
- Can I send my work by mail or via email?
- No. You can only submit your entry through the COPIC AWARD official website. No other method of application will be accepted. Please do not send actual artwork.
- Can I submit artwork that I have already entered in other competitions or awards in the past?
- No. Your entry must not have been submitted to other competitions, awards or publicly sponsored exhibitions previously (however, your own personal exhibition is allowed).
- When I tried to register, the message "The email address you entered is already in use" appeared. What does this mean?
- This message will appear if you were registered for the past COPIC AWARD. You can login through the PERSONAL PROFILE page with the same email address and password already registered. If you've forgotten your password, visit the Forgot Password page to reset your password.
- Can I use characters from anime, manga or games I like in my entry?
- No. You must create and use your own original characters in your entry. Any entries infringing on the intellectual property rights or copyright of others (e.g. plagiarism, imitation) will be disqualified.
- Can I portray a real life person without his/her knowledge or consent?
- There is no problem as long as the portrait has permission from the model themselves. If you cannot obtain the model's approval, please refrain from submitting it.
- I submitted my entry, but it is not published on the AWARD website.
- t may take some time for us to check the appropriateness of your entry after you submit it. If your work is not published within a week of submission, please contact us. The results of the appropriateness check will be sent to your registered email address, so please check your email.
- Can I submit a work that depicts a specific product?
- There is no problem if a specific product is included in your entry, but works that clearly show a trademark of the company or brand may be rejected to ensure the smooth running of the AWARD.
- Can I submit a work that I drew using a photograph as a reference?
- It is possible to create a work using a photo as a reference.
However, we don't accept works created by tracing a photograph taken by someone other than yourself without permission (or the existence of the original photo is obvious and identifiable). If there is a complaint from the copyright holder, we may have to revoke the entry.
- What is "NFTization" as part of the additional prize?
- It is an optional prize that allows the "NFTized" digital file of the Grand Prize and Second Place winning entries to be sold in the COPIC AWARD NFT STORE only if the artist wishes to do so.
The COPIC AWARD NFT STORE will pay for the NFTing of the work and any other costs associated with the process.
We will never NFTize/sell any work submitted to COPIC AWARD 2023 without the permission of the winner. All proceeds, excluding commissions, are returned to winners.
For more information, please visit the COPIC AWARD NFT STORE
About PERSONAL PROFILE page
- Is it possible to change the uploaded images and/or edit "APPLICANT INFORMATION" after my entry is published?
- Once your entry is published, the uploaded images cannot be changed/edited at your end. If you want to change the images of your entry, we will remove your entry from the competition, then you need to proceed with the SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY or REQUEST FOR PUBLIC DISPLAY process again. Please contact us via Contact Form if you want to change the images of your entry.
*PERSONAL PROFILE (your real name, address, email address, etc.) can be edited even after the entry is published.
- Can I delete my uploaded images?
- You can delete the uploaded images of your entry at any time before you request a public display. Go to the Personal Profile page and click "Edit Entry Info". You will see the DELETE button on the upper right side of the images. After sending a REQUEST FOR PUBLIC DISPLAY, you are not able to delete the uploaded images by yourself.
- I am having trouble logging in to the website to submit my entry. What can I do?
- Double-check that your email address and password are correct. Or try using a different browser or a different device and see if you can login and submit your entry. If you still can't login, go to "FORGOT YOUR PASSWORD" page from the Login screen and reset your password by entering your registered email address.
If you still have issues and would like to request assistance, please send a message to: email@example.com
- I didn't receive a confirmation email after I registered.
- Please leave at least an hour to receive your confirmation email. Check all mailboxes, especially junk and spam. If nothing arrives, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow the instructions provided.
- Does the number of "Likes" on SUBMITTED ENTRIES page affects the judging for the AWARD?
- No. The judges have their own judging criteria and the number of "Likes" your entry gains will not influence the outcome.
- What is the "Favorite" function?
- The "Favorite" function is available only to those who have registered for the AWARD, and unlike the "LIKE" function, you can view your favorite entries at any time on your PERSONAL PROFILE page. There are currently no plans to establish a new prize that determines the winning entries based on the number of "Favorites".
Website Functions, Other
- What does "Like" on SUBMITTED ENTRIES page mean?
- The "Like" feature is simple in nature. Viewers click "Like" to communicate what they think about the entry. Click "Like" when you want to show your support for an entry, or when you think the entry is good.
- What does "Key Colors" on the SUBMITTED ENTRIES page mean?
- "Key Colors" refers to the colors being used most frequently, or the colors that represent a significant aspect of the entry. By clicking the image, the color numbers of 3 "Key Colors" of the entry selected by the applicant themselves will appear. You can find the details of each color by clicking the color number. Check out and see how Copic artists are seriously committed to their choice of color.
- What is the Social Media Award?
- The Social Media Award is an award that is selected from among the COPIC AWARD 2021 entries posted on Instagram.An image of entry must be posted by an AWARD participant by him/herself, with the following hashtags included in the caption: #copicaward2021 and/or #copicaward_insta
The judging of the Social Media Award will proceed during the entry period of the COPIC AWARD 2021 (May 10 - June 30). Instagram posts posted after June 30 (the entry deadline for the COPIC AWARD 2021) will not be eligible for the Social Media Award.
*If the entry does not fulfill the requirements for Application Rules, it may be excluded from being a subject of judging.
*Please note that the artworks won't be judged just by the number of likes on instagram.
- What are the Regional Awards?
- The Regional Awards is a special prize that is selected from the entries submitted from each of the following regions: APAC (Asia-Pacific), EME (Europe and the Middle East), NA (North America), LATAM (Latin America: South America and the Caribbean), and Africa (African continent).
Copic distributors in each region will nominate entries, and the COPIC AWARD team will determine the winning works based on the results of the nominations.
If you still have issues and would like to request assistance, please send a message from the contact form.