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About the Contest
What is the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum Mascot Design Contest Presented by Olympus Group?
The Mascot Design Contest is a competition open to K-12 students of U.S. schools to create a Mascot for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.
Why is the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and Olympus Group doing this Contest?
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum needs a mascot to greet visitors and appear in the community. Who better to create the mascot than creative young artists! The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum would not exist today if it weren’t for creativity, passion, and imagination, so we love to celebrate and promote these values.
How can I submit a Mascot Design?
Visit to for the steps on submitting a Mascot design.
Entry information
Who is allowed to submit artwork on behalf of the student?
We welcome submissions from parents, teachers, and after school programs. Teacher and after school programs are welcome to submit a Mascot Design on behalf of their students as long as the entry form is signed by the student’s parent or guardian. All entrants must be enrolled in a U.S. based school (including homeschool) that is serving grades K-12.
Are students enrolled in homeschools eligible?
Yes, students enrolled in homeschools are eligible to participate in the contest.
Is there a limit to how many Mascots Designs a school, after school program or parent can submit?
There is no limit to how many Mascot Designs each school, after school program or parent can submit. However, we only accept one original Mascot Design per student.
What happens if two Mascot Designs are submitted from the same student?
We can only accept one Mascot Design per student. If we receive two entries from the same student, we will accept the Mascot Design that was received first. Any other entries from the same student will be disqualified. We ask that all parents check in with their child’s school before submitting to avoid duplicative efforts.
Do students have to be U.S. citizens to participate?
Yes, at the time of submitting the Mascot Design, the student must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. legal resident (e.g., must be able to show proof of legal permanent residence, for example, a “green card”), be enrolled in a U.S. based school and be living in the U.S. He or she must also obtain their parents’ or legal guardians’ prior permission to compete in the contest via a signed entry form.
How long do I have to submit my student’s Mascot Design?
Mascot Design submissions – signed by a parent or guardian – are due by 11:59pm central time on December 31st, 2015.
Do I have to use plain white paper to print out the entry form and draw the Mascot Design?
While white paper is best, you can utilize other light-colored papers. Papers with light patterns are ok too – just be sure your Mascot Design is clear and the pattern doesn’t interfere. You can also use a thicker paper stock if you like, but it must be paper, not cardboard or foam board.
Can I just create the Mascot Design on and submit a blank 8.5×11 sheet of paper?
Unfortunately, no. The Mascot Design must be a completed on the official entry form.
Can I tape my Mascot Design to the entry form?
Yes. If you draw the Mascot Design on another sheet of paper, you can tape it to the official entry form. Just be sure that the tape is clear, that the Mascot Design fits above the information at the bottom and that the information on the bottom of the entry form is visible.
Is preregistration required?
Nope! All that is needed is a completed entry form signed by the child’s parent or guardian and the Mascot Design.
Can I use Photoshop for my entry?
Yes, you can use Photoshop. Create your Mascot Design in a new document 1894 pixels high by 2960 pixels wide at 300 dpi. When you are finished, simply open the official entry form in Photoshop to use it as the background layer for a new document and paste your digital Mascot Design in as a second layer. If necessary, move and resize your Mascot Design to fit on the entry page. Don’t change the size of the document from the original official form size, and you should be able to print it, and fill the few fields on that page by hand. Hand written entries will be accepted.
FOR TEACHERS: If you’d like to have your class participate using Photoshop, you can create a document with the background pasted in for your students to use as their canvas.
What materials are acceptable to be used on the Mascot Design?
Eligible Mascot Designs must be two-dimensional and able to be scanned. Acceptable materials include any artistic material that will remain flat on the page which could include: paint, pencils, crayons, markers, chalk, pastels, charcoal, or cray-pas. Computer-generated images are also accepted. This means that any materials that may cause the image to be three-dimensional will not be accepted. This may include, but is not limited to, materials such as stickers, macaroni, popsicle sticks, sequins, glitter, beads, tissue paper, cotton balls, pipe cleaners, puff paint, and pom-poms.
Judging & Selection Process
How is the contest judged?
For complete judging rules and procedures, visit
What criteria will be used to select the winning Mascot Design?
To narrow the entries down to the top 50 Finalists, eligible Mascot Designs are judged by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and Olympus Group employees against the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Uniqueness
  • Feasibility: Ability to create a physical mascot based off the drawing

Is the public involved in the voting process?
Olympus Group will create renderings of the physical mascot based on the drawings of the Final 3. The U.S. public will vote for their favorite Mascot from the Final Three to determine the Winner. Online voting will take place from September 30, 2016 9:00 a.m. Central Time (CT) to October 31, 2016 11:59 p.m. Central Time. The highest ranking entry will be named the Winner.

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