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Children's Christmas Card Competition

Children's Christmas Card Competition

At Christmas time, friends and families come together to celebrate the end of another year while sharing hopes and dreams for the year to come. It is an important time to reflect on the year gone by and to strengthen and renew relationships and friendships. This year we may not be able to come together in the ways we have before, so connecting with our loved ones is even more important. Christmas cards have been shared in Ireland and across the world for over a 100 years. Each year, at the Consulate General of Ireland in Edinburgh, we send Christmas cards to friends and colleagues, old and new, in Ireland, Scotland and across the world.

Christmas cards are especially important this year, to share best wishes for the year ahead and to let the significant people in our lives know that we are thinking of them. 2020 has been a difficult year for us all. We have not been able to see our friends and colleagues for a long time, but we are thinking of them more than ever. So, this year, we need our Consulate Christmas card to be extra special.

That’s why we are asking the children of Scotland to help us to create our Christmas card. Thinking of the environment, we will be sending e-cards instead of paper cards. What we need is beautiful artwork that captures the significance of this very special Christmas which we can then make into an e-card. Email us a photo of your painting or drawing and we will choose one to use in the Christmas e-card we send. We have special prizes for the best artwork we receive from enthusiastic young artists.

For full details please read the information below carefully, and then ask your kids to get creative!


The competition will be split into three age groups (4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 -13), with a winner in each group, as well as an overall winner.

The artwork will be judged by the team at the Consulate General of Ireland, along with the Director of the Edinburgh Art Festival, Sorcha Carey.

The prize for each category will be a selection of books written and/ or illustrated by Irish children’s authors.

The winners in each category will have their entries published on the Consulate’s social media pages and website. The overall winner will have their card used as the Consulate’s e-Christmas card with their name, age and town noted.

How to enter

1)      Ask your kids to create a picture that encapsulates what is so special about this Christmas. Entrants can use any artistic medium or combination of mediums (e.g. paint, coloured pencils, felt-tip pens, crayons) with the exception of glitter due to its negative effect on the environment and the fact that it doesn’t photograph well.

2)      Take a photo of the completed artwork.

  • This photo should be saved in the form of a JPEG or PNG.
  • Dimensions: Landscape or widescreen ratio (16:9) will work best but we can also accept square images. Please do not send portrait orientation.
  •  Size: Images should be approximately 72-150 ppi/dpi (pixel per inch/ dot per inch). You can check the quality of an image by right click > properties > details.

3)      Send entries by email to EdinburghConGen@dfa.ie no later than midday on 14 December 2020. Please include your telephone number and full postal address so that we can contact winning entrants. Please also include the child’s first and surname and date of birth. Entries must come from the email account of the entrant’s parent or guardian. More details on entry in T&Cs below.

Terms and Conditions

The opening date of the competition is Friday 13 November.

The closing date of the competition has been extended to midday on Monday 14 December 2020.

The winner(s) will be notified within 14 days of the closing date of the competition.

Entrants must be aged between 4 and 13.

Entries must be made by an email sent from the parent/ guardian of the entrant.

By entering the competition the parent/ guardian agrees to the terms and conditions and the consent conditions noted below.

Only one entry per person will be accepted. No joint entries will be accepted.

Entries not in the correct format will not be accepted.

The entrant agrees that no payment will be made to them or their parent/ guardian.

It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that their entry is submitted with parent/ guardian consent.

The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

There will be no cash alternative. The competition prize is non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Parent/Guardian Consent

  • I, the parent/ guardian, hereby grant the Consulate General of Ireland in Scotland permission to use the child’s artwork from the submission made to the Consulate General of Ireland in Scotland’s 2020 Christmas Card Competition for the purpose of illustration, publication and promotional use.  
  • I, the parent/ guardian, understand that, subject to the discretion of the Consulate General of Ireland in Scotland, the artwork may be used on the web, internet, intranet, social media and as an e-card which will be sent to the Consulate’s contacts for Christmas and will be accompanied by a message of the Consulate General of Ireland’s choosing.
  • I, the parent/ guardian, understand that the child’s name, age and postal town may also be used for this purpose. No other identifying information will be used publicly.
  • I, the parent/ guardian, assure the Consulate General of Ireland in Scotland that the artwork is original on the child’s part.
  • I, the parent/ guardian, will not hold the Consulate General of Ireland in Scotland liable for any infringement of copyright by third parties regarding the artwork.


The Consulate General of Ireland in Scotland is committed to ensuring the security and protection of the personal information that we process, and to provide a compliant and consistent approach to data protection and will only store contact information for the duration of the competition.

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