The American Marketing Association (AMA) invites its members to display their creative design skills in honor of the AMA’s upcoming 75th anniversary by hosting a competition between chapters around the country for a new AMA anniversary logo. This special logo will be used in conjunction with the AMA logo throughout the anniversary year. The winning chapter will receive public recognition in selected AMA communications and a cash award of $1,500.

As one of the nation’s leading AMA chapters, in the nation’s most unique city, this contest will only be open to active members, both professional and student, here in the New Orleans area.  There is no fee to enter, but you must be an active member.  Submissions are due to the New Orleans AMA by September 1st, 2011.  Individuals can submit their entries via email to

Members are encouraged to vote on their favorite designs via the New Orleans AMA’s Facebook page after September 1.  The members of the New Orleans AMA board will incorporate these votes into their final decision. The local board will vote on one winner from the professional level and one winner from the student level and those winners will receive a free membership. An overall winning design will be chosen which will serve as our chapter logo. The winning artist must relinquish all rights to the logo and give AMA permission to own and use as they see fit.  For further information, please contact current chapter president, Kim Ritter,

(Note that some details below are for the Chapter Contest and some for the National Contest. We’ve designed the Chapter Contest to mirror the National Contest.)

How to Enter
1. Entries must include the following:

  • Entry in both JPG and scalable vector graphic
  • Entrant Chapter name
  • Entrant primary contact name, phone number and e-mail address
  • Name of the designer of the logo and their company affiliation, if desired

2. Entries must be submitted by e-mail to
3. The deadline for entries is 11:59pm CT on September 1, 2011.
4. There is no fee to enter the Contest.

Design Guidelines
The AMA 75th Anniversary logo is a separate piece of graphic design that can be used alone or in conjunction (locked in) with the current AMA logo. The logo must contain the numbers “75” or the words “seventy-five.”

The logo may be used online, in print, and on merchandise. The logo will be made available for use to other chapters as well as International Headquarters. Flexibility is a key requirement, including the need to resize easily and to look good in black and white as well as color. The final version of the logo will need to be suitable for high quality printing. No use of clipart is allowed; original art only. No Publisher or Corel files can be accepted. The preferred file types are EPS or Adobe Illustrator, version CS5 or lower.

Because the logo or emblem maybe registered by AMA as a Service Mark, Entrants should take care that their entries are not similar to existing logos/emblems or other copyrighted images and be reasonably assured that AMA will be able to freely use the logo/emblem and that it is eligible to be registered as a Service Mark.

Judging, Selection and Notification of Winner
Chapter Contest:

  • Two winning entries will be selected. One, from a professional chapter member and the other from a student chapter member. Winners will be chosen through a mix of social media voting and the AMA New Orleans Chapter Board. Their decision will be final.
  • The Board will choose the overall winner from those two, which will become the AMA New Orleans chapter logo and give the winner the option of revising, if necessary to submit to the National Contest by the deadline for entries at 11:59pm CT on September 15, 2011.

National Contest:

  • The winning entry will be selected by a panel of judges chosen from the four Volunteer Councils and/or the AMA Board of Directors. Their decision will be final.
  • Accepting the prize constitutes permission for the AMA to make public and otherwise use the winning Entrant’s chapter name, and the individual designer and company affiliation, if desired.

Chapter Contest:

A free one-year chapter membership

National Contest:

The winning Chapter, and the individual designer and company affiliation, if desired, of the entrant will receive public recognition in selected AMA communications.

A $1,500 cash award will be made to the winning Chapter Entrant.

National Contest Terms and Conditions
The AMA assumes no responsibility for submissions. Participation in the competition does not create a bailment. The AMA is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of Entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by the AMA on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof.

By submitting an entry, Entrant represents and warrants that: (a) the work is original and has not been published in whole or part elsewhere; (b) Entrant is the sole and exclusive owner of the work; (c) the work does not infringe on any third-party proprietary, intellectual property, industrial property, personal rights or other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or confidentiality obligation; and (d) no state or federal laws were violated in creating the work or transmitting the work to AMA. Any intellectual property infringement, misuse or plagiarism of another person’s work in any form or state will result in immediate disqualification and forfeiture of eligibility to receive all awards, recognition and prizes, and AMA shall be permitted to make public statements regarding any disqualifications and any grounds for disqualification.

Entrant further acknowledges and agrees that, upon submission, the work becomes the sole and exclusive property of the AMA who shall have the right to edit, modify, publish, broadcast, publicize, market and/or distribute the submitted work(s) at their discretion at any time or otherwise use in any way the entry, Entrant’s name and likeness, without further compensation to Entrant, whether or not judged a winner and Entrant will provide written consent upon request.
Potential prize winners may be required to sign, notarize, and return an Affidavit or Declaration of Eligibility, a Liability/Publicity Release, an I.R.S. Form W-9, and provide any additional information that may be required by the AMA. Prizes will not be issued to the winner until all the appropriate paperwork has been submitted.