Submissions are now closed

‘Welcoming Newcomers’ art contest

Entry Dates: 1- 29 February, 2024.

Thank you to all those that entered the recent ‘Welcoming Newcomers’ art contest as part of the launch of our new logo.

We have received some amazing art, songs, photography and other creative content.

A panel of ISSofBC staff are now busy judging their the winning three contributions and will announce them before the end of March 2024.

The winning three contributors will win a $300 gift card each but all contributors will have their creation displayed at our offices across Metro Vancouver.

If you have any questions, please contact:

(This artwork was created by Hala Helmy, former ISSofBC staff member and now Stakeholder Relations Manager at the Immigrant Employment Council of BC.)

Artwork by Hala Helmy

Contest Theme and Guidelines

The theme of the contest is ‘Welcoming Newcomers’.

This is an open theme, so you can interpret it how you wish, taking into account the following guidelines:

  • ISSofBC supports immigrants and refugees living in British Columbia so that they can thrive in their new communities.
  • We focus on celebrating and championing diversity, equity and inclusion. If you would like to refer to our values, vision and our mission to inspire you, please refer to
  • Individuals or groups can enter.
  • Anyone can enter – you do not have to be a professional artist, photographer or videographer, or necessarily a newcomer to Canada.
  • This can be a pre-existing artwork within your portfolio.
  • You cannot copy or plagiarize anyone else’s work.
Submissions now closed

Deadlines, Timeline and Formats

The contest will be open for submissions from: Thursday 1 February to Thursday 29th February, 2024

Winners announced: early March 2024

Formats for entries

Photography: must be in HD and in JPG or PNG formats.  Send through both digital and print options.

Mural, art and banner designs: Design sketches can be shared in PNG or JPG formats. Please send through higher resolution files for print purposes.

Videos: No longer than 1.5 minutes in length

This artwork shows the shoes of refugee children, created by refugee artist, Harem Tahir,
Skip to content