Open to everyone

Launching our new logo – ‘Welcoming Newcomers’

Win one of three $300 gift cards and be featured across our offices in BC!

Entry Dates: 1- 29 February, 2024.

Calling artists, graphic designers, poets, writers, videographers and photographers to celebrate newcomers.

Would you like to feature your creative work in and outside our offices and through all our channels (website, social media, newsletters, brochures, signage etc)?

To take part, please enter your details below. Entries will be judged by a panel of ISSofBC staff, and the creators of the top three entries will receive a $300 gift card.

There is also a chance that your work could become a mural at one of our offices and feature in future Vancouver Mural festivals for everyone to enjoy!

(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.

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,

ISSofBC Art Contest – Submission Form

Please enter your details to tell us about your submission to the ISSofBC’s ‘Welcoming Newcomers’ art competition. Thank you!

If you have a porfolio of your previous work that you would like to share, please add a link here.
Please tell us where in British Columbia you live
Please share a clear photo or copy of your submission in either PDF, JPEG or PNG formats. If you are unable to submit the full image, please contact
Accepted file types: jpg, pdf, png, jpeg, Max. file size: 256 MB.
Please tell us about yourself and your story:
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