Student Design Contest

Design Contest

Entries are now closed.

The BJ Ball Student Design Contest is an opportunity for Graphic Design students to showcase their talents to the industry. This is an exceptional opportunity to practice your design skills in real life – following a job from brief through to print.

This year’s theme is ‘Back to the Future’ – whether it be from typewriter to computer, from mechanical to electric car, from fossil fuel to solar power or from landline to mobile, take us from yesterday to today.

All 12 winners will feature in the BJ Ball 2022 calendar as well as walk away with a $100 prezzie card. Artist profiles will also be showcased on various social media channels and in our GSM magazine.

This year’s Judges are:

  • Mike Tisdall – Strategic Planner & Founding Director, Insight Creative
  • Stephen McCarthy – Director, McCarthy Design, Christchurch
  • Annie Dow – Managing Director, Dow Goodfolk & Brother Design

Enter Here

    File Requirements:

    High Res print ready pdf in CMYK to a size of 380mm x 260mm (landscape)
    Artwork can be illustration, photography, graphic design, or a mix of all three.
    Please check the T&Cs to ensure your design does not breach copyright rules.

    BJ Ball is a paper company, so we want you to tell us what paper type will match your design. Chat with your tutor to see samples. The options are:

    Advance Laser 240gsm
    Silk Matt 256gsm
    Magno Plus Gloss 250gsm
    Eco100 Natural 250gsm
    Evergreen Environment Tortilla 216gsm

    Entries close: 1pm Monday 13th September 2021

    *If you have any issues with uploading, please send your pdf and details to