BioMedia Meltdown 2017 – Official Rules

No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this competition. Please note this is a creative science competition and not a prize draw. The BioMedia Meltdown competition is a skill contest where eligible students will be invited to submit their piece of creative science media to the Linnean Society of London. By entering the BioMedia Meltdown competition you accept, personally, the conditions stated in these official competition rules and agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges. 

The competition will comprise an open submission phase, judging phase and selection of winners, who will be joined by friends, family and other entrants at celebration event at The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly on March 22nd 2018.

Competition dates and times:

• The competition will open to receive entries on the 1st of September 2017.

• Entries will close on the 26th of January 2018.

• Judging will take place over the month of February 2018.

• A celebration event at The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House will take place on March 22nd 2018.

Eligibility:

To be eligible to enter the BioMedia Meltdown Competition the following terms must be met:

Entrants must attend a school in the borough of: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and the Cities of London and Westminster. Entrants must currently be in KS3 or equivalent in schools that work with students that have moderate to severe learning difficulties. All entries must be submitted with a completed Bmm Competition Entry Form 2017. Entries must be a piece of creative media that is in line with the official rules of the BioMedia Meltdown Competition. It is the entrant’s responsibility to comply with these official rules.

How to enter the competition:

All entries must be submitted with the Bmm Competition Entry Form 2017. If possible, creative media should be physically submitted via post to the following address:

BioMedia Meltdown Competition, The Linnean Society of London, Toynbee House, Toynbee Road, Wimbledon, London, SW20 8SL

For media that cannot be submitted physically, photographs or links to videos and audio files can be submitted instead. If a piece of creative media is being submitted physically the submission form must be attached to the entry. For entrants who are unable physically to send in their entries, the completed Bmm Competition Entry Form 2017 should be emailed to Elisa Jones <elisa@linnean.org> with a link to the video or an attachment of the creative media to be assessed. Collection can be arranged on request for large volumes of work at a school or other organisation. 

The copyright for each piece of media remains with the entrant but the Linnean Society of London reserves the right to have all media displayed in an exhibition and/or publish images/videos in connection with the competition as it deems appropriate.

Students may enter the BioMedia Meltdown Competition as either an individual or a group.

Entering the competition as an individual:

• Only one piece of media can be entered per applicant.

• All media must be originally produced by the individual entrant and not be a product of further collaboration.

• Submitted media must be in line with the terms and conditions of the BioMedia Meltdown Competition Official Rules.

Entering the competition as a group:

• Only one piece of media can be entered per group.

• A group cannot exceed more than three members.

• All media must be originally produced by only the members of the group and not a product of further collaboration.

• All team members must meet the eligibility requirements of the competition.

• All team members must be from the same school or organisation.

• Submitted media must be in line with the terms and conditions of the BioMedia Meltdown Competition Official Rules.

Competition details:

All media entered into the BioMedia Meltdown Competition must be original, and therefore have no copyrighted material that does not belong to the entrant (this includes company names, music, photographs, works of art, television, movies, or other media).

The following media may (but not exclusively) be used:

•Painting and drawing (any medium/mixed media, e.g. watercolour, oil, acrylic, charcoal, pen & ink) •Printmaking (e.g. (linocut, screen-print, collagraph) •Photography •Sculpture •Film •Theatre (performance filmed and must have a dialogue) •Music •Dance (performance filmed and must have a dialogue) •Textiles/sewing (e.g. weaving, appliqué) •Story Writing

Judging:

All submitted media will be assessed by independent volunteer judges. The judges will be comprised of academics, education professionals and artists. 

Prizes and Celebration Event

The prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash. Each individual and group member that is a first place prize winner will receive a Keeper for a Day Experience at ZSL London Zoo. Each individual and group member that is a third and second place prize winner will receive an award, to the value of £50. The school with the most entries will receive a £500 cash prize.

The celebration event will showcase as many of the entries as possible and will take place on March 22nd 2018, at the Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly. Prizes will be awarded to the winners at this celebration event. The celebration event will be attended by entrants, their teachers, and friends and family, indeed anyone connected with the BioMedia Meltdown Competition.