• It is imperative that all materials used in your artwork are safe for use on the body and are non-toxic.
  • Your creation must allow the model to move safely. Models’ eyes must not be fully covered by any element of the design. A perforated screen is acceptable.
  • Any electrical materials used in the artwork must be self contained and managed safely.
  • No perishable items may be used in any designs.


  • ManneqART cannot accept submissions featuring company logos or any other form of corporate branding.
  • Submissions must fall under the “PG” category and should be suitable for an audience of all ages.
  • That is to say that artworks can be scary, but not harmful, frightening, or violent.
  • They can be sexy, but not perverse or pornographic.
  • Costumes should cover at least as much of a woman as would a bikini, and at least as much of a man as would swim trunks.
  • We discourage the inclusion of realistic weapons but allow fantasy weapons.
  • Designs must be labeled with the designer’s name, phone number, email address and title of the piece.


Photographs of your ManneqART submission(s) must accompany your application(s). Applicants need to prepare and upload these materials by April 30th.

ManneqART (jury and staff) will use your photographs for the following purposes:

  • Populate the ManneqART Calendar
  • Choose Award Winners to participate in the ManneqART Awards Gala
  • Select works to display on mannequins in various locations inside and outside of Howard County, MD.
  • Follow these photography guidelines to document your work in the best possible “light”:
  • Use a quality camera (not your phone’s camera)
  • Set clean, simple lighting
  • Shoot over a plain white background
  • 3-8 images, with one (1) or more front shot and at least two (2) detail images

File Formatting

ManneqART applicants must submit high resolution digital photographs (documentation) either by email or on digital media (CD, DVD, USB flash drive, etc.) sent through the mail.

Image formatting requirements:

  • Required Format: JPEG (.jpg) in “Baseline” format
  • DPI (dots per inch): 300
  • Maximum Dimensions: 3000 pixels on the longest side


  • Not sure where to begin? Visit our Inspirational Links page to browse spectacular galleries of winning WOW, NAHA, and IMATS submissions. Check out the ManneqART Gallery for artworks submitted to previous competitions.  Remember, this kind of research is an exercise to foster inspiration for your work. Please do not plagiarize or blatantly misappropriate another artist’s work as your own – this is dishonorable and a direct violation of ManneqART’s Rules and Terms.
  • You can always contact ManneqART with any questions or concerns. You are also welcome to request a one-on-one discussion about your work or your portfolio. Take advantage of our knowledgeable jury early in the creative process to help guide you to an enthusiastic “yes!”
  • Spend time brainstorming ideas and developing concepts that complement your creative vision. Research intriguing artists, collect relevant imagery, and explore personal interests to build or strengthen ideas for your work. Try to incorporate compelling design cues and strong visual motifs that will make your submission stand out.
  • Plan ahead to avoid problems in the construction phase. Sketch your designs from multiple angles to account for various perspectives that viewers will see your work. You wouldn’t want to create a final piece that looks stunning from a head-on view, but dull and uninspired from the side.
  • Likewise, be sure to practice with any new fabrication techniques before making commitments with unfamiliar media. Craftsmanship is extremely important and is taken into account by the jury during the selection process.
  • Be sure to build quality and durability into your entry.  Artworks must be durable and able to withstand shipping as well as being placed both on a human model and on a mannequin for public display.