Heritage Pictogram | Visual Storytelling Competition

Event Details

  • Date:

Organizer: CONTEXT (www.contextbd.com) in association with Bangladeshi Architects in Australia

Bangladesh is the land of Heritage inhibition. From the Sultanate period to Colonial regime till contemporary Bangladesh we have a significant number of heritage architectures. We have temples, mosques, forts, Moth (Hindu Burial), Jamindar House, and many modern heritages and landmarks. What do the city’s heritage and landmark buildings actually mean to people who live there? Borrowing from Kevin Lynch, we’d like to explore this question through illustrations in the context of Bangladesh.

In this year CONTEXT inviting you to showcase your graphic art skill by creating a PICTOGRAM of your favorite Architectural Heritage with simple 2D vector illustration. We are expecting well-known as well as least known heritages of our country and encouraging you to uphold the hidden gem in the town or city you live in. Your work will be published online and in printed format. So, get on with all your skill-set to present your heritage architecture with a graphical emblem.

Poster designed by Amit Imtiaz © CONTEXT


Who can participate? 

The competition is intended for all professionals, students, artists, graphic designer who has an empathetic urge towards the heritage of Bangladesh, regardless of their age or nationality.

Media: Digital (Colour)


How to Participate:

Step 1 :

Register your interest (No registration fee!). You will receive a registration Id and a declaration form by email.

Registration is closed.

Step 2 :

Email your work before the deadline ( March 1, 2021, until midnight)

Email: contextbd.event@gmail.com


Submission Format:

-One can submit maximum 2 Projects

-File Format:

1. JPEG/ PNG ( min resolution 500 pixel/inch)

2. Ai/ EPS/ PDF

-Canvas size: 15″x15″ (Square)

-Max File Size: 20 mb

Submitted artwork must not contain any identification of the participant like name, institution, etc.

Submission email must contain:

Email subject: Registration ID


ii. Image file(s)

The file name should be your Registration ID _ 01_ Name of the heritage building_location and Registration ID _ 02 Name of the heritage building_location  (for multiple submissions)

ii. Completed Declaration Form


Competition Timeline:

Registration Opens: 11 February 2021

Registration deadline: 21 February 2021

Submission Deadline: 1 March 2021

Winner Announcement (online) : 9 March 2021


Evaluation Criteria:

 Visual Style | Story Telling | Originality of Idea | Historical Significance |  Detail



Iftekhar Abdullah 

Principal, Ideas Architects and President, Bangladeshi Architects in Australia

David Holm

Director, COX Architecture, Australia

Rafiq Azam

Principal ArchitectShatotto

Dr. Sajid Bin Doza

Head & Assoc. Professor, State University-Bangladesh and AGS, Institute of Architects Bangladesh

Sheikh Lana

Architect and former President of BaA and Bangladesh Association Canberra


Special Guest:

H.E. Mohammad Sufiur Rahman

Hon High Commissioner for Bangladesh in Australia



Winner (01)

– 3 Architecture Books


 First Runner -Up (01)

– 2 Architecture Books


SECOND Runner UP (01)

– 1 Architecture Book


Honorable Mention (02)


(Awards will be announced online, and the winners will receive the awards by post at later date)


Competition Curator:

Amit Imtiaz and Asad Hossen


Terms & Conditions:

Please read these terms of use carefully before participating in the competition.

All of the submitted illustrations should be of original artwork created by the participant. Content should be unique and fit the competition theme. Please make sure you do not submit any content that might be considered abusive, obscene, illegal, libelous, defamatory, racist or factually inaccurate. By accepting the Terms and Conditions you certify that the provided information is true and correct, and the Organizer or Jury are not responsible or liable for any false information submitted by you or anyone else on your behalf.

In nominating Winners, Jury decision will be regarded as the final one. The Organizer reserves the right to cancel or suspend or alter the rules and/or date at any stage if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.

By entering the Contest, all participants grant an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to the Organizer (CONTEXT and BAA), to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works (publication) of the entries (along with a name credit) in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including, but not limited to: Display at a potential exhibition of winners or online highlighting entries or winners of the Contest.