UNIQLO announces the upcoming launch of the UT GRAND PRIX 2019 T-shirt design contest on Tuesday, October 23, and calls for entries from around the world. On its 13th year, the competition will celebrate Pokémon, whose game series debuted two decades ago. Design inspirations can cover everything from Pokémon animated movies to Pokémon GO, an augmented reality mobile game that became a worldwide sensation in 2016.
The Grand Prize winner will receive US$10,000. Winning designs from the competition will be featured in UNIQLO’s Spring/Summer 2019 Collection, which will be available for men, women, and kids in UNIQLO stores around the world and the UNIQLO.com online store.
The top three prize recipients will get invitations to attend a special awards ceremony in Tokyo and watch the 2019 Pokémon World Championships in Washington, DC, in summer 2019.
This year’s competition will also accept entries via smartphones and tablets to enable as many as possible to take part. The UT GRAND PRIX 2019 contest site will announce entry details at a later date.
Pokémon, one of the world’s most popular entertainment franchises, began with the launch of the Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue video games in Japan in 1996. Pokémon gameplay, which features collecting, training, and trading unique creatures, rapidly gained tremendous popularity around the globe. The video games were soon followed by the introduction of the Pokémon Trading Card Came and beloved animated series. With total games sold in excess of 300 million and the Pokémon GO mobile game released in 2016 reaching over 850 million downloads worldwide, Pokémon has been loved by people of all ages for over 20 years.
About the UT GRAND PRIX
UNIQLO has conducted its UT GRAND PRIX design competition since 2005 to foster creativity and talent around the world. The contest is open to anyone regardless of age, gender, or nationality. Previous contest themes have included Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel and have attracting numerous entries, with winning designs being been sold around the globe.
UT GRAND PRIX 2019 T-shirt design contest poster
©2018 Pokémon. ©1995 – 2018 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc. TM, R, and character names are trademarks of Nintendo.
|Entry period||Tuesday, October 23, through 11:59 p.m., Japan time, on Sunday, December 2, 2018|
|Prizes||Grand Prize: US$10,000, a special commemorative award, and invitations to an award ceremony in Tokyo and to the 2019 Pokémon World Championships in Washington, DC.
Second Prize: US$2,000 and invitations to an award ceremony in Tokyo and to the 2019 Pokémon World Championships in Washington, DC.
Third Prize US$1,000 and invitations to an award ceremony in Tokyo and to the 2019 Pokémon World Championships in Washington, DC.
Finalist Prizes US$500 each
|・Tsunekazu Ishihara, President of The Pokémon Company
・Ken Sugimori, Managing Director of Game Freak Inc.
・NIGO® （UT Creative Director）
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