The Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Orani João Tempesta, launched a contest to help pick the official logo for WYD2013.
Every WYD has a logo that ends up on website, letterhead, backpacks, and official merchandise. Some WYDs simply hire a grahpic designer to create the logo. Rio is taking a different approach, calling on youth to submit their designs for the logo.
The entries will be made public on the rio2013.com website where the public will be able to vote for their favorite.
The top 20 entries will then be submitted to a committee made of members of the Rio2013 organizing committee. That committee will select five logos which will then be sent to the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Laity (PCL).
Every WYD logo, whether designed by a hired designer or chosen in a contest, has to be approved by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the Vatican dicastery responsible for WYD.
Out of the five finalist logos, the PCL will chose the winning logo, the one that will be use to promote WYD around the world.
Results will be announced December 3rd, 2011 in the Sanctuary Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro.
Among the entry requirements: the logo must be an original and never exhibited in public before; it must include JMJ2013 acronym and reflect the Catholic identity of the event. It must contein a cross or a clear and undoubtiful reference to one; represent Rio de Janeiro and have as inspiration the theme of the WYD 2013: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations“ from the evangelic of Mathew 28,9.
Entries can be submitted from September 27th until October 31st, 2011. Contest rules are posted on rio2013.com, the official website for the event.