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You are here: HomeFestivals1st International Biennial Illustration of Solidarity Ajudaris/ Portugal 2017

1st International Biennial Illustration of Solidarity Ajudaris/ Portugal 2017

1st International Biennial Illustration of Solidarity Ajudaris

AJUDARIS is a renowned Portuguese non-profit private association, public utility since 2008 that develops several social intervention projects that combat social exclusion through education.

One of its greatest initiatives is the "Histórias da Ajudaris" (Ajudaris Stories) who creates bridges between reading, literature and illustration. This is an example of the educational work that is carried out every year in schools throughout the country, with teachers and students writing stories that later will be illustrated by professional illustrators who volunteer for the job. Finally, the works are collected in various volumes and published to be sold, and the illustrations are displayed at the traveling exhibition across Portugal.

With the foundations already built on a very solid structure, and with the know-how acquired over the last few years, Ajudaris now intends to create in close partnership with the Municipality of Amarante and the Manuel António da Mota Foundation, an even bigger and stronger bridge to project its work in a new and ambitious challenge: the organization of the 1st International Biennial Illustration of Solidarity Ajudaris to be held from 04 to 10 September 2017.

It is an organization of Ajudaris and counts with the support and sponsorship of several public and private entities.

Within the framework of the 1st Biennial of Illustration Solidarity Ajudaris is launched an ILLUSTRATION COMPETITION with the theme Heritage.

This charity initiative intends to help a group of 10 Institutions chosen by the Partners. In this way, all the candidates for the prizes will be able to donate from 50% of the value of the work to Social Solidarity Institutions, to announce in a timely manner.


The entry in the contest of the 1st Biennial of Solidarity Illustration Ajudaris is free and not conditioned.

a) The registrations are officially opened from March 1, 2017 to May 19, 2017 (the last day of receipt of work or postage stamp) through the link b) Participation in the contest is open to all illustrators who wish to submit original works; c) The works submitted to the competition must follow the theme of the 1st Meeting - Heritage; d) Each illustrator must submit two original works. The technique and supports to be used are free;

e) The works in digital format must be delivered to the address indicated in This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Section 2.A, or sent by mail printed on quality paper, respecting the measures described below; f) Each work must scrupulously respect the dimensions of 25 cm x 25 cm. In the case of the use of mixed techniques in the works to be sent, the maximum thickness of the illustration, including the support, is 2 cm; g) All works sent must be identified on the back with the name of the illustrator;


a) The two original works may be hand-delivered at the headquarters of Ajudaris until 7:00 pm on May 19, if it is not possible, they can be send by the same date (evidenced in the postmark), to the following address:

Ajudaris - Association of Social Solidarity

1st International Solidarity Biennial Ajudaris

Praça da Alegria nº 10

4000-027 Porto

b) In addition to the delivery or sending of the original illustrations, it is mandatory to comply with the illustrator's registration process. Thus, the participation only becomes effective once the illustrators have sent to the official email of Bienal- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - an email with the subject "Participation in the 1st Solidarity Illustration Biennial Ajudaris", containing the following documents:  The registration form, made available on the website and on the Facebook page duly completed;  Photograph of the illustrator in JPEG format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi;  Scanning of the two submitted works, in JPEG format with minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

NOTE: The organization will confirm the correct reception of the sent emails. The organization will not make any photographic records of the works submitted, so the author is responsible for the quality of the images provided, that will be used in the catalog and agenda of the event.


a) The composition of the jury of the Biennial is the responsibility of Ajudaris and the Organization of the event, which designates 7 personalities that will select the works of the finalist illustrators and award the prizes; b) The work of the jury will probably take place between 25 and 26 May 2017; c) In a first phase, the Jury will select 30 finalists among the various competitors, among which will award 3 illustrators. d) The Organizing Committee of the event will only have the function of providing the space and organizing all the art works for the jury perform is evaluation, with no other conditioning or interference in their work; e) Of the total of the works registered, the jury reserves the right to select the finalist works that cannot excide a maximum number pre-established by the organization; f) The jury reserves the right not to award any or all of the prizes of the competition; g) The decisions of the jury, both those related to the selection and the award of works, will be divulged only by the organization, being the jury forced to secrecy; h) None of the members of the jury can submit or enter works in the competition or, also, be associated with the production/execution of the same. In situations where there may be any other conflict or if there is any doubt on the part of any member of the jury, the jury may use the right to refrain from any decision. i) The jury's decision is final and not subject to appeal.


The works of the 30 Finalists selected by the Jury will constitute the Exhibition of Finalists, to be held during the 1st Biennial. To the 30 Finalists, the Organizing Committee provide:

a) Stay for 3 nights in Hotel in Amarante in BB Bed and Breakfast regime; b) Meals (lunch and dinner) during the 3 days of participation in the Meeting, in the City Hall of Amarante mess room; c) Transportation between the various places where the Meeting is held; d) Participation in guided tours by Amarante; e) Participation in one of the workshops guided by the invited illustrators; f) Free participation in other activities of the Meeting program (conferences and workshops); g) Catalog and other promotional offers of the Contest.

NOTE: The registration in the workshops and other programmed activities are Conditioned by a maximum number of subscribers, selected by the order of arrival.

5. Grand Prize "Fundação Manuel António da Mota"

a) The jury will select three works, to which the following "Fundação Manuel António da Mota" prizes will be awarded:

1st prize – 3000 euros, will guide a Workshop and whose work will be present in an individual exhibition;

2nd prize – 1500 euros, participation in a free workshop by one of the invited illustrators;

3rd prize – 500 euros.

b) The announcement and delivery of the prize will take place at the closing session of the Meeting, on September 9, 2017.


a) The illustrations sent to the contest (works selected by the jury as finalists and works not selected) will not be returned, becoming the collection of Ajudaris; b) The finalist works will be part of the traveling exhibitions to be held at national and international level, and in 2019 they will be auctioned; c) Illustrations submitted to the competition and not selected by the jury as finalists will be auctioned during the Biennial Meeting in September 2017. At the time of registration the illustrator defines the amount that he/she wishes to donate, being equal to or greater than 50% in favor of social causes Announce in a timely manner; d) If the illustrator wishes to keep part of the value of the work, it will be delivered on a date to be announced, after the Biennial; e) The previous point is valid only if the work is actually auctioned; f) The amount resulting from the solidarity auction will be donated to a set of 10 institutions chosen by the partners, to be delivered on a date to be defined after the Biennial. In no case will be returned works, constituting the estate of Ajudaris; g) The organization is not responsible for any damages caused by the poor packaging of the works or their transport if the illustrators choose to send by mail. h) The Finalists authorize the publication of a Catalog that includes their photograph, image of the selected works and biographic and bibliographical note;

i) The Finalists authorize the use of images of their works, with reference to the authors, for the purpose of publicizing and advertising the Meeting on their Internet portal, social network Facebook, media, press and others; j) All doubts and omissions in this Regulation will be resolved by the Organizing Committee of the Meeting, according to rules of fairness and common sense; k) The registration of works for the competition at the 1st International Biennial Illustration of Solidarity Aid translates into full and unreserved acceptance by the illustrators of the terms of this Regulation.

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