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Cafozone Art Contest 2021

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Event History

This contest was first launched in 2020 and we received more than 25 entries from 4 continents. The judges are art lovers who while they may be professional artists, are also activists in the area of sustainable agriculture, with a deep understanding of the strategies of industrialized corporations to take over markets and put small farms out of business. By "CAFO" we mean "Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation," which is a system that houses animals inside giant buildings, with waste going into pits open to the environment. In 2021, we are hopeful that the winning presentations will create an emotional response in the viewer. An art piece might wake people up to the health, environmental, and cruelty problems or it might present the positive, like a pile of cheap bacon. The only firm requirement is that artists do not break laws known as ag-gag laws that have been created to keep people out of CAFOs. Each state has different laws passed to protect CAFOs.

What Makes this event different?

This is the only competition that focuses on animal agriculture. There is a lot of news about disease and especially Covid 19 in workers in CAFOs, which might be something to portray. You can learn a lot more by cruising through our website, cafozone.com.

Copyright Policy

Prize money represents sale of the piece to CC's Farm-O-Sphere, LLC. The pieces that win this contest will become part of the public domain, meaning “the state of belonging or being available to the public as a whole, and therefore not subject to copyright.” We will make every effort to publicize the winners and to be sure that the artist’s name is included when the winning work is displayed. If you wish your work to be anonymous, we will keep your name unknown.

Image Usage Rights

At present, since there has been a shutdown of conferences due to Covid-19, the 2020 pieces are on display in an office but have not been seen by the general public except on our website cafozone.com. We are creating an exhibit that will travel to conferences involved in sustainability and we are looking for art that can inspire others. We hope that the contest engenders art that will be shared and used to illustrate publications like newsletters by non-profits. The pieces that win this contest, therefore, becomes part of the public domain, meaning “the state of belonging or being available to the public as a whole, and therefore not subject to copyright.” We will make every effort to publicize the winners and to be sure that the artist’s name is included when the winning work is displayed. If you wish your work to be anonymous, we will keep your name unknown.

Artists must be over age 18. Artists must not break laws regarding agricultural security. For inspiration, images may be found on the internet. Look for sites that cover factory farming, concentrated animal feeding operations, cafos, food security, slaughterhouses and similar key words.

To enter, 

1. E-mail a picture of your piece as part of the body of the e-mail, not an attachment, with description of the medium, size of the piece and an artist’s statement. E-mail to cafozone.art@gmail.com. Pictures should be .jpg or .jpeg and at least 300 dpi. Save the files at “high” or “maximum” quality. Each artist may enter a maximum of two pieces. By entering, you give cafozone.com permission to display your images for promotion of this contest.

2. Entries will be screened by a panel of non-professional art lovers. Top ten entries may be displayed with artist statements and contact information on cafozone.com as promotion for contests in future years.

3. Entrant acknowledges that all work entered may be distributed to judges who will be selecting the winners, and Entrant agrees to release, indemnify, and hold CC’s Farm-O-Sphere, LLC, cafozone, its sponsors, and judges harmless for liability, damages, or claims for injury or loss to any person or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation.

4. By entering, entrant agrees to accept and be bound by the decisions of CC’s Farm-O-Sphere, LLC and its judges which are final and binding in all matters. Entrant agrees to be bound by all terms of these official rules as established herein.

5. Deadline is May 30, 2021.

6. Winners will be notified by e-mail and will send actual pieces to the official contest frame shop. Upon receipt at the framer, a check will be sent to the winner to cover the prize money plus shipping expenses. 

For more information about this opportunity for artists, please visit the Event Website.

 

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