I have always thought it would be awesome to design a mission patch for NASA, knowing that your creation would be plastered on items that will go to space!! Short of that pipe dream, designing the winning crest for a new submarine would be pretty cool, too!
The USS Colorado is a new submarine in the US Navy and the ship’s commissioning committee is holding a contest for the crest’s creation. The crest—akin to a logo—will appear on uniform patches, plaques on the ship, and other places throughout the Virginia class submarine. The contest is already open, with the deadline being March 1, 2015. There is a $10 entry fee and you grant a transfer of copyright upon submission. In addition to knowing your work is swiftly cruising through the world’s oceans, the senior division winner gets a $1500 scholarship or cash prize, as well as a trip to the commissioning ceremony in Connecticut. There is a junior division for children middle school-aged and younger.
The commissioning committee reminds entrants that the crest should include certain elements, such as what makes the sub’s namesake state special—in this case, Colorado—and includes links to other state-named ships’ crests. Being from Colorado, I am enjoying the irony of naming a submarine after a landlocked state. I also look forward to the prominent use of mountains—what most people think the Centennial State is all about—in the final design. Like many contests of this nature, the final product might not even come from contest submissions, as the final decision lies with the ship’s commanding officer.Tags