The competition is divided into two categories: Professional and Student Awards. In addition to the Professional and Student Awards, all eligible professional entries may qualify for Distinction Awards, which include:
Enamel Distinction, sponsored by Rio Grande
Laser Distinction, sponsored by Crafford–LaserStar Technologies Corp.
Mokumé-gane Distinction, co-sponsored by Shining Wave Metals and Reactive Metals Studio
Palladium Distinction, sponsored by Hoover & Strong
Platinum Distinction, sponsored by Platinum Guild International
The 2009 awards will also feature “The Reactive Metals Challenge,” which will honor professional designs that incorporate niobium, tantalum, and/or titanium. The first 10 entrants will have their $50 competition entry fees waived, courtesy of Reactive Metals Studio, if their design submissions meet the challenge’s criteria. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize.
Other award winners will receive up to $1,000 and will be honored at MJSA Expo New York on March 8, 2009.
The submission deadline is Jan. 15, 2009. The competition entry fee for professional designers is $50 (for up to 3 entries maximum); free for students. For more submission guidelines and further information, or to download an entry form, visit www.mjsa.org.