The contest held by “The CITY Academy” and supported by “America for Bulgaria” Foundation has the goal of creating projects and vision of commercial products, which will be offered for sale as souvenirs to the visitors of the shop at The Bishop's Basilica in Plovdiv and to contribute for the popularization of this unique newly discovered site.

For this goal to be achieved, the participants of the contest are expected to create and present attractive projects/visualizations/models of commercial goods.

Each participant can take part with unlimited number of real models, objects, souvenirs, clothes, drawings, 3D models, prototypes, which represent his/her idea. It is necessary for the mentioned models and etc., to be photographed and arranged in a panel file (see the requirements below) for the jury of the contest to decide. In case that real models and etc. are not created, but 3D visualizations, they should be strictly integrated into the participation panel.

You could download additional visual materials - logos, photos, additional information, which could be used for the development of the projects HERE (1.82 GB):

Photos from the unique mosaics for the site, you can also view and download from HERE

Exemplary list for merchandise goods, suitable for the contest:

Hats, Scarfs, T-shirts, Textile bags, Magnets, Puzzles, Cups/mugs, Fans, Jewelry, Keychains, Pens, Pencils, Models of the Basilica, Thematic children’s toys.

Who can participate:

  • Bulgarian students and young professionals, graduates of Bulgarian and foreign institutions of higher education, in the following fields of study:
    • Graphic and product design
    • Visual, applied and digital arts
    • Communication and photography
  • Professional teams in the sphere of product design


  • Applications for participation in the contest – until Мау 14th 2019. To apply for participation send filled FORM to email


  • Sending of projects – until June 18th 2019 in an online format to email gvyanev@thecitymedia.bg
  • Exhibition and awarding – July 11th 2019 – The Small Basilica in Plovdiv.

The participants of the contest receive:

  • Participation in the exhibition, which is part of the awarding ceremony of the contest
  • Access to the awarding ceremony and the exhibition
  • Invitation to the events connected with the opening of The Bishop's Basilica of Philippopolis and the souvenirs shop on September 26th 2019.
  • Certification of participation (it is sent by email, however the awarded ones will received it in person at the ceremony)
  • The awarded projects will be featured in The CITY magazine issue 4/2019

Requirements for the project:

You should send a panel that is representing the project (collage that includes visualizations, text, etc.) to the email gvyanev@thecitymedia.bg in the following formats:

  1. Format A2 (420 x 594mm), PDF file or tiff, CMYK, 300 dpi (print file).
  2. Format up to 2500 px for the longest side (JPEG) preview of the project
  3. Text, describing the project, between 300 and 500 words.
  4. Three visualizations of the project, 72 dpi, for publication on the webside/Facebook.
  5. Portrait picture of yourself, which will be used as a business card for the website of the contest.
  6. Short information about the author: university, workplace, etc. (short summary).

Please, send all files in zip format, named with your “name_surname”. Separated files will be automatically disqualified. Candidatures that do not follow the requirements listed above will not be reviewed.

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