Logo Contest: New Look for Merged Society

AOU and COS are merging, forming the new American Ornithological Society (AOS) to serve ornithologists and advance ornithology in the 21st century. To go with our new name, we are developing a new image to reflect who we are and what we are about—and we would love to have input from the ornithology community.

How do you think our new logo should look?  We invite you to submit original AOS logo designs or concepts, whether they are polished graphics files or hand-drawn sketches. The winning design will receive a $500 prize.

Deadline:  Saturday, 15 October, at midnight EASTERN

Submission:

  • Please email your entry to Dr. Mark Hauber at markehauber@gmail.com
  • Please submit an electronic file in jpg, png, gif, ai, or indd file format
  • Submissions must include your name and email address
  • Please include a short description of how the design represents AOS

Guidelines: We are looking for a logo or logo concept that captures the essence of AOS as a new organization. Entries will be judged for the style, creativity, and impact of a design that can be used in the web, email, and print materials of AOS. Entries may optionally include the name American Ornithological Society and tagline Advancing Scientific Knowledge and Conservation of Birds.

More about AOS: The mission of AOS will not depart from the complementary missions of AOU and COS: to advance the scientific understanding of birds and disseminate ornithological knowledge, to enrich ornithology as a profession and mentor young professionals , and to promote a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds.

AOS’s vision is to provide an inclusive and stimulating professional home for ornithologists that supports members at every career stage, from students through retirement; to produce scientific publications of the highest quality and make them available to the widest audiences possible; to host intellectually engaging and professionally vital meetings; to pursue a global perspective; and to inform public policy on all issues important to ornithology and ornithological collections.

AOS’s long range goals are to:

  1. Sustain scientific impact through financial support for ornithological research
  2. Publish openly accessible ornithological research of the highest quality
  3. Pursue excellence in organizing and hosting annual conferences that meet the ever-changing needs of ornithology and ornithologists
  4. Excel in professional development for members at all stages of their careers
  5. Recognize and promote significant accomplishments in ornithology
  6. Create and connect a vibrant community of ornithologists throughout the Americas

Individuals serving on the panel of appointed judges are not eligible to submit entries. The contest winner must relinquish all rights to the design to AOS, which will be the sole owner of rights to the design. AOS may employ a graphic designer to finalize the winning design submission into an official logo. Decisions of the judges will be final.

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