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CATS Charlotte Area Transit System

600 E. 4th St., Charlotte, NC, 28202

2022 CATS Transit Pass Design Contest Application Form

DEADLINE: Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2022. Entries may be submitted online, emailed to or mailed to Charlotte Area Transit System, Attn: Larina Green 600 E. 4th St., Charlotte, NC 28202

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I certify that the art I have created and submitted to the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is my original work. I understand that, upon submitting my design, I authorize CATS to freely use, edit, reproduce and distribute my design for any purpose. I agree that CATS may use my name or art with any necessary changes or alterations in current and future promotions. I further agree to abide by the full contest rules and guidelines.

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Technical Guidelines for Producing your Art


Drawings, paintings, and 2-dimensional media should be completed on a smooth, white substrate showing adequate contrast for printed reproduction in vinyl (i.e., bold outlines and colors). To avoid contrast issues, DO NOT USE COLORED PENCILS OR CRAYONS. The art must fill the entire template enclosed. Art should be scanned or photographed to at least 600 dpi in JPEG or TIFF format. CMYK color format.


Photographs must be in digital format and taken at the highest resolution possible with a resolution of at least 300 dpi and in JPEG or TIFF format. Photographs must be cropped to fit the entire template enclosed. CMYK color format.


All files must be in vector format as a layered AI or EPS file. The art must fill the entire template enclosed. CMYK color format.


  • A design with large focal points will be more eye catching than a design with a lot of small elements.

  • Bright, bold colors will stand out better than softer, low contrasting colors.

  • Please do not sign your artwork.

  • Do not use any copyrighted material.

Designs containing sexually explicit, obscene, violent or other inappropriate content, as determined by CATS in its sole discretion, are ineligible for this contest. Please refer to full contest rules and guidelines for further information.

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