“Protect Seals” is this year’s theme for Design Against Fur (DAF), the fourth annual international art poster design competition presented by the Fur Free Alliance (FFA), which includes the Animal Protection Institute (API), The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).

Students of fashion, design, fine arts, advertising, marketing, graphic design and multimedia from around the world are invited to submit designs for a poster that represents the perils of the fur industry and the commitment to protection of animals. Their work will be judged by a group of celebrated individuals in their respective fields and who are animal lovers. This year’s judges for the United States are: Todd Oldham, Milton Glaser, David Carson, Karim Rashid, Mickey Boardman, David Swajeski & Erik Vaughn and Conway Williamson & Michael Haje.

The theme of this year's DAF competition is “Protect Seals”, which aims to raise awareness of the annual Canadian seal hunt. The seal hunt, which takes place throughout March and April in Newfoundland, Canada targets pups as soon as they have begun to molt – as young as 12 days old, who are shot or clubbed to death in their thousands.

The DAF deadline for submission is April 3, 2006 and the finalists will be determined by April 9, 2006. The competition will take place in two phases. The North American contest will culminate with a reception and awards ceremony held on May 1, 2006. The first prize-winner will receive US$1,000, second prize US$500, third prize US$250, and 25 honorable mentions. Todd Oldham will present a special prize Todd Oldham Award for Creativity and David Carson will present an Award for Original Design Approach.

The finalists will also be automatically entered in the International Competition where the Grand Prize Winner will be announced and receive US$5,000 plus an all expense paid trip to Stella McCartney’s Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week 2006 and their poster will be considered for campaign use by any of the members of the Fur Free Alliance. Oldham will also be presented with FFA’s Design Guru Award for his creativity in multi-disciplines, and Carson will be presented with FFA’s Design Pioneer Award for his originality in his approach to design.

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