Contest: Design the City Vehicle Decal

The Office of the Treasurer of the City of Falls Church is proud to announce the second annual Vehicle Decal Design Competition—a cash-prize contest for high school students. The winners will have a truly unique accomplishment to highlight on their college applications and resumes.

The first-place design will have a City of Falls Church theme and will be displayed on the windshields of more than 13,000 vehicles registered in the City of Falls Church. All designs must be original and new. The winning design will also become part of our decal exhibit located at City Hall. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners at a City Council meeting.

Click here to download the letter to students.
Vehicle Decal Mock-Up 2017-2018

Design Guidelines

  1. The theme for the contest is the City of Falls Church. Submit a creative, artistic and memorable design that highlights our community. All designs must be original and new. Submissions from previous years cannot be accepted. Scroll to the bottom on this webpage to see last year's top four submissions.
  2. Designs should be JPEGs, no less than 300 DPI.
  3. The design will measure approximately 1.5” high by 2.25” wide. Designs should be appealing at this small size.
  4. Take into consideration that the background of the 2017-2018 decals will be green, as in the sample above.

Submission Instructions


Submit the following pieces to treasurer@fallschurchva.gov or via CD to Treasurer, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church, VA 22046 (submissions will not be returned). All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2017.

  1. Your design (see guidelines above)

  2. The application (either complete, save/scan and email, or print and mail) which includes
    • Design title
    • 100 words or less on how your design represents the City of Falls Church
  3. The artwork release form

Eligibility


This contest is open to high schools students who either reside in the City of Falls Church or who go to school in the City of Falls Church. Only one entry per student, please. Submission from previous years will not be considered.

Prizes


Cash prizes will be awarded to the top entries.

Voting


Voting opens the week of January 9 and closes February 9. Check back here for a link.

Timeline

Thursday, January 5 at 5 p.m.

Deadline to enter contest
Saturday, January 7
Citizen panel chooses top four finalists
Monday, January 9
Final four designs appear on this webpage and in the "Gallery Without Walls" exhibit in City Hall
Thursday, February 9 at 11:45 p.m.
Voting ends for top design
Monday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Winning design announced at City Council meeting (date subject to change)

Previous Winners

Winners of Decal Contest
  • 1st Place: "Cardinal Directions" by Akihira Maher, 11th Grade (far right)
  • 2nd Place: "The Heart of Falls Church" by Annie Castillo, 9th Grade (center right)
  • 3rd Place: "Carved Climbing Tree" by Maeve Keating, 9th Grade (center left)
  • 4th Place: "The Center of Falls Church" by Alice Castillo, 11th Grade (far left)