North American International Auto Show Announces Launch Of 2016 High School Poster Contest

TROY, Mich. The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) announced today the launch of its annual poster contest. The poster contest was established to engage the creative minds of Michigan’s high school students and encourage careers in automotive design. For the 2015 contest, NAIAS received 781 entries from 58 high schools across the state.

“I’m continually amazed by the talent and creativity participating students exhibit in their designs,” said Paul Sabatini, chairman NAIAS 2016. “The judging panel really enjoys viewing all the unique submissions to see how these students view the auto show.”

The 28th annual NAIAS poster contest is open to all Michigan students enrolled in grades 10 through 12.  An independent panel of judges, including College for Creative Studies instructors, automaker designers and State Farm representatives, will review the submissions and select the winning posters.

This year, the judges will choose winners in the following 16 categories:

  1. Chairmen’s Award – $1,000
  2. State Farm Award – $1,000
  3. Designer’s Best of Show: Digital – $500
  4. Designer’s Best of Show: Traditional – $500
  5. Best Theme – $250
  6. Best Use of Color – $250
  7. Most Creative – $250
  8. 1st Place: 10th Grade – $500
  9. 1st Place: 11th Grade – $500
  10. 1st Place: 12th Grade – $500
  11. 2nd Place: 10th Grade – $250
  12. 2nd Place: 11th Grade – $250
  13. 2nd Place: 12th Grade – $250
  14. 3rd Place: 10th Grade – $100
  15. 3rd Place: 11th Grade – $100
  16. 3rd Place: 12th Grade – $100
Posters from previous NAIAS shows (

Winning posters will be displayed at NAIAS 2016 and reproduced in the official NAIAS program, which is available to all auto show attendees. Winning posters will also be displayed on the official NAIAS website.

Posters must be original artwork, 18″x24″ in size, two-dimensional and camera ready. The poster theme must be automotive related, and any mixed media suitable for reproduction as a poster is allowed, including computer-generated graphics. Posters must contain all of the following copy: “NAIAS 2016,” “Detroit” and “Cobo Center.”

To view official rules, please visit the Poster Contest page on the NAIAS website. Additional questions may be directed to Sandy Herp at 248.283.5138 or

The entry deadline is November 24, 2015.

About the North American International Auto Show

Now in its 28th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter most – up close and in one place. Administered by Executive Director Rod Alberts, the NAIAS is one of the largest media events in North America, and the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for highlights and updates.

2016 NAIAS Dates:
The Gallery – Saturday, January 9, 2016
Press Preview – Monday-Tuesday, January 11-12, 2016
Industry Preview – Wednesday-Thursday, January 13-14, 2016
Charity Preview – Friday, January 15, 2016
Public Show – Saturday-Sunday, January 16-24, 2016

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