22 May 2008

World No-Tobacco Day!

In celebration of World No Tobacco Day, the Department of Health and the World Health Organization, in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila is holding a digital art poster-making competition that will culminate in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum on May 30, 2008, when the Philippines celebrates World No-Tobacco Day.

The theme of the competition and the exhibition is: TOBACCO-FREE YOUTH: Break the Tobacco Marketing Net.

Theme Background:

Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death in the world. It is the only legal consumer product that kills one third to one half of those who use it as intended by its manufacturers, with its victims dying on average 15 years prematurely.

Approximately 1.8 billion young people (aged 10-24) live in our world today with more than 85% found in developing countries. Having survived the vulnerable childhood period, these young people are generally healthy.

However, as the tobacco industry intensifies its efforts to hook new, young and potentially life-long tobacco users, the health of a significant percentage of the world's youth is seriously threatened by their deadly products.

Nicotine is a highly addictive substance and child and adolescent experimentation can easily lead to a lifetime of tobacco dependence.

One of the most effective ways countries can protect young people from experimenting and becoming regular tobacco users is to ban all forms of direct and indirect tobacco advertising, including promotion of tobacco products and sponsorship, by the tobacco industry, of any events or activities.

Contest Guidelines and Mechanics

  1. The contest is open to all Filipino citizens, 13-35 years old.
  1. All entries must incorporate the slogan: “The Tobacco Industry Catches You Young: Break the Tobacco Marketing Net.”
  1. Entries should be submitted in JPEG digital format, 300 dpi.
  1. Participants may submit a maximum of two entries.
  1. Entry forms are available at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. A downloadable application form may be requested at tobaccofreeyouth@gmail.com.
  1. The entry form must be accompanied by a duly signed waiver, which is provided with the application form.
  1. Contest entries with duly accomplished entry forms and waivers may be submitted personally or via mail to the Metropolitan Museum of Manila until May 27, 5:00pm.
  1. All entries must be original. They must have not been previously exhibited or awarded a prize in another contest.
  1. Awards given to works which are subsequently proven to be non-original, with plagiarized compositions, will be revoked/reclaimed without prejudice to other legal actions.
  1. The decision of the Board of Judges shall be final and is not subject to appeal.
  1. Judging of entries will be on May 28.
  1. Fifteen (15) finalists will be chosen from among the entries. The winning entries will receive the following prizes:

First Prize – PhP 20, 000

Second Prize – PhP 15,000

Third Prize – PhP 10,000

The non-winning finalists will each receive P2,000.00

13. Select entries will be printed in large-format and exhibited at the Museum from May 30 until July 2008.

14. Announcement of winners and awarding of prizes will be made during the exhibit opening on May 30.

15. Failure to comply with the rules and regulations shall automatically disqualify the participant.

16. The DOH reserves the right to use the winning entries in its Tobacco-Free Youth Campaign.

Guideline definition of a Still Digital Image

A digital image may be created directly from a physical scene by a camera or similar devices. Alternatively, it may be obtained from another image in an analog medium, such as photographs, photographic film, or printed paper, by a scanner or similar device. Digital images may also be created from non-image data such as mathematical functions. A digital image is a representation of a two-dimensional image as a finite set of digital values called picture elements or pixels.

Digital imaging or digital image acquisition is the creation of digital images, typically from a physical object. The term is often assumed to imply or include the processing, compression, storage, printing, and display of such images.

For more information, please contact:
May Lyn Cruz / Gari Apolonio / Noni Dono
Exhibition & Education Programs Department
Metropolitan Museum of Manila
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex
Roxas Boulevard, Manila
Tel. (02) 523-7855, 536-1566
Email: tobaccofreeyouth@gmail.com

For more information, please visit: http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd