Global Spa and Wellness Summit Competition

Global Spa & Wellness Summit Launches its first Infographic Competition

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In exciting news out this week, The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) has launched its first infographic competition, a global challenge to communicate information about spa and wellness through the format of an infographic.

Ok before I lose you I must admit I had to google infographic as I had never heard of it before and for those of you that are in the dark like I was here is the definition:

 Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilising graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends. The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualisation, information design, or information architecture.

So now we are all on the same page we can get really excited about this great opportunity.

Registration for the contests is now open and entries will be accepted until 31 August 2013. The contest is open to anyone over the age of 18, from anywhere in the world.

The winners will be announced and showcased at the annual Summit being held at The Oberoi, Gurgaon in New Delhi, India from 5-7 October, 2013 and three winners will share cash prizes totalling US$5,000.

The contest requires participants to create infographics that blend visuals with data and content to allow information to be presented in an engaging, easy-to-grasp way.

Marc Cohen, GSWS Board Member and professor at RMIT University, Australia, and the director of the competition said: ‘Infographics can be a powerful educational vehicle because they distil complex ideas and data in a simple, eye-catching format.’

‘We believe the submissions will help consumers, the business world and the media understand the depth, breadth and benefits of our industry more clearly.’

Contestants are challenged with using this design medium to present an informed, inspired vision of any aspect of spa or wellness they choose.

The contest purposely leaves the interpretation of spa and wellness open-ended to encourage diverse, creative submissions. Entries can be business facing or designed to inspire and inform consumers by presenting facts about the benefits of spa and wellness.

The 2013 GSWS Infographic Competition expands on the organisation’s yearly Student Challenge, where university student finalists from around the world travel to the Summit to present their concepts for a spa of the future.

Cohen added: ‘The contest was created by popular demand to get more people contributing their vision of how spa and wellness impact the world – but in a fresh, new format.’

Contest Details: 

Eligibility: The contest is open to both individuals and teams, and students and professionals over the age of 18, from anywhere in the world. Partnerships between those with industry expertise/insight and those with design fluency are encouraged. There is no entry fee. 

Registration Requested: The GSWS requests that anyone who plans to compete register as soon as possible at the Global Spa and Wellness Summit website. Registrants will receive additional and updated information about the contest via email. 

Important Dates: Registration opens today, and submissions will be accepted until August 31, 2013 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Winners will be announced on October 6, 2013 at the Summit. 

Prizes: First prize is $2500USD, second prize is $1,500USD, and third prize is $1000USD. 

Judging Criteria: Infographics can explore any aspect of or trend in, spa and wellness that the submitter chooses. Because successful infographics marry data to both visuals and personal insight, the judges will seek submissions that: 

  • Are informed, fact-driven and contextual – as well as innovative, inspiring and thought-provoking.
  • Educate about critical information or concepts that are important to the global spa and wellness industries. 
  • Are visually appealing, using data and visual components in a creative, fun and clear way.

Judging Process: A panel of spa, wellness and design experts will judge all eligible entries.

Technical Details: Submissions can contain any form of visual media, including digital art, graphs, charts, histograms, diagrams, photographs, illustrations, drawings or paintings. The infographic should only contain new, original work created specifically for this contest and not be subject to any copyright restrictions. Entries are limited to a single, designed image in JPG format. 

To register for the contest, or for more information, visit: http://www.globalspaandwellnesssummit.org/index.php/summit-2013/infographic-competition

After registering, submissions (and questions) should be sent via email to: infographic@gsws.org

About the Summit: 

The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) is an annual event that attracts executives and leaders from around the world with an interest in the spa and wellness industries. Delegates from diverse sectors, including the hospitality, tourism, finance, medical, real estate, manufacturing, technology, consulting and product industries attend this invitation-only gathering. The Summit has been responsible for some of the most important spa industry research, including the tool SpaEvidence.com, the world’s first online portal to the medical evidence for common spa and wellness therapies. The GSWS was honored as ‘Spa Event of the Year’ for the last four years by AsiaSpa magazine’s awards program.

 

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