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The Fairchild Challenge/BGCI Global Option 2009/2010

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BGCI teamed up for the second year running with The Fairchild Challenge to offer an exciting Global Option for students. 

The Option was open not only to Fairchild Challenge sites but also to all sites participating in Plant Conservation Day


This Challenge is now closed - see the winner!

To see the top 10 finalists - click here

To see the top 5 finalists - click here

Pre-order Storey CD single with winning cover sleeve here.

The Challenge!  CD cover design for single 'Footprints' by Storey

storey band pictureLondon-based band Storey, an exciting new talent on the UK music scene, are releasing their latest single ‘Footprints’ in honour of The Fairchild Challenge/BGCI Global Option.

Taken from Storey’s new album "Streets Will Fold", 'Footprints' is a vivid, youthful call-to-arms to tackle climate change. Take the challenge and go global with your genius by designing a front cover and attention-grabbing text for the ‘Footprints’ CD single.

The winning design will be featured on the cover of the CD single.  When the single is released, complete with front cover designed by the winning student,  it will be available as a CD and as a download from the following websites:  Storey,  iTunes, The Fairchild Challenge and BGCI.

There will also be one Fairchild Challenge site winner who will receive a framed copy of their design alongside a signed copy of the CD single ‘Footprints.'

Watch the band introduce the Challenge on YouTube

How does my site get involved? (For Guidelines for Schools click here)

A) If you already host the Fairchild Challenge (FC)  you can select this Global Option as one of your options (to do this contact Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for more information

B) If you plan to run a Plant Conservation Day (PCD) event in 2010 then:

  1. Contact BGCI and tell us that you intend to participate in the Global Option (GO).  This will give us an idea of how many entries to expect, plus we can send you updates!
  2. Contact your local schools and invite them to participate in the Global Option (described below).  The Option is open to students between the ages of 14 -19. 
  3. Set a date for schools to submit their entries.  Depending on how many schools you contact, we suggest you limit the number of final entries submitted by each school to two.  Certificate templates will be available to download from BGCI’s website, for sites to present to winners.  Participating sites may also like to offer other prizes as incentives.
  4. Participating sites select their top two entries and forward them to BGCI not later than 1st February 2010.  The winner of the Global Option (chosen from both FC and PCD participating sites) will be announced in May 2010, in time for Plant Conservation Day.
  5. The winning design will be used on the CD cover of the single ‘Footprints (see below).  All profits from the sale of ‘Footprints’ will be shared between The Fairchild Challenge and BGCI.

How to participate:

• Read the lyrics (click here to download) for the song. Think about the words and carry out some research on the topic of footprints from an environmental/ecological perspective. 

• On 8 ½” x 11” (20cm x 29.5cm) white, unlined paper create a 5” x 5” (13cm x 13cm) colour design for the front cover of the soon-to-be released ‘Footprints’ CD single. The design should convey a clear message related to the theme of an ecological footprint.

• Entries must reflect the mission of The Fairchild Challenge and BGCI and include both the Fairchild Challenge sunburst logo and BGCI logo (both available on respective websites).

• Original, hand-rendered or computer-generated work is acceptable. Note: If selected, students may be asked to provide computer-generated designs in electronic format.

• On a separate 8 ½” x 11” (20cm x 29.5cm) sheet of paper, provide a typed or neatly handwritten paragraph of no more than 100 words explaining how individuals can reduce their footprint.

• Designs will be judged on artistry, originality, creativity, technical ability, appeal, and relevance to theme.

How to submit your entry:

1) Fairchild Challenge participants
Follow the specific guidelines outlined by your local Fairchild Challenge programme.  Email: for more information.

2) Plant Conservation Day participants
Schools submit: Up to two designs, with a one-paragraph narrative for each design.  Contact your local participating PCD site for further information on entry dates and other details.

Just email or phone us if you have any questions about The Fairchild Challenge/BGCI Global Option.

Download these details as a Word document

Have a look at last year's brilliant Fairchild Challenge BGCI Climate Change Cartoons!