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Tartan Design Competition

19th April - 19th May 2017

How to enter
You may enter only one design per person.
Please register on this web site, using a reliable email address so we can contact winners. Please also register a screen name in the Identity & Interests area of the members' area.
When you save your design, please name it KRAKOWCONTEST - NAME - PHONE NUMBER e.g. "KRAKOWCONTEST - Jane Smith - 07777 111111". (The judges will not see these details.)
DO NOT 'publish' your entry in the online Gallery.
DO add a Description under the Details tab of the online Designer. Please use ONLY the 'Brief Description' field, explaining your inspirations, and why you chose particular colours etc. (Maximum 100 words.)
That's it. All designs meeting these guidelines will be considered as competition entries.
How to design your tartan
Create your design on Scotweb's online Tartan Designer. You will find design advice and help if you need it at
Tartan designs often draw on colours (and possibly significant numbers) associated with the client. You may wish to review the Krakow and Traditions pages above for ideas.
Here are some ideas for colours you might use:
  • Krakow's coat of arms (brick, gold, white, blue);
  • The banner of the city (white, blue);
  • Wyspiański Stainglass (blue, yellow, green, red);
  • Cracow costume (green, sapphire / blue, white, black, red)
  • Wawel Dragon and its fire (green and orange)
Terms & Conditions
Originality: the winning design must be unique and original (this is surprisingly easy, despite the thousands of existing designs). Entries closely resembling existing tartans in the eyes of the judges will be disqualified.
Ownership: by clicking the checkbox to accept the terms & conditions while saving your design on this web site to enter this competition, the designer thereby assigns, conveys, and otherwise transfers all rights, title, interest, and copyright ownership in this Work to the City of Krakow.
Judging: all entries will be judged anonymously, and assessed both on the attractiveness of the design and the inspirations and characteristics given in its description. They will choose a short-list of five designs, which will be voted on by the people of Krakow in June 2017. The judges' decisions will be final. The winner will be notified by the end of June, and must respond within seven days of being emailed.
Prizes: the main prize of a trip to Krakow for two over the weekend of 30/9/17-1/10/17, which may be extended at the prizewinner's own expense. The prize will be for the designer plus one companion (who must be a parent or appropriate carer for prizewinners under 18). It will cover flights, hotel accommodation, main meals, and a tourist pass for major sights. The prizewinner will also be invited to participate as a guest of honour at civic events celebrating this competition. This prize is non-transferable, and there is no cash equivalent.