Convention Pin Contest

For each convention, a pin is selected and given to each participant. Convention pins illustrate the convention year and a bird species appropriate to the convention site. Pin designs are selected by competition and are highly treasured convention souvenirs. Many convention attendees proudly display their colorful collection of pins going back many years.


RULES FOR THE 2022 MOS CONVENTION PIN DESIGN CONTEST

(Click here to download the rules)

  • Entrants must be members of MOS.
  • Designs shall include a bird and the phrases “MOS” and the year of the convention in four-digit format (i.e., 2022). No other wording can appear on the front of the entry (species, entrant’s name, etc.).
  • The bird must be a representative bird for the area for that time of year for the convention site – in 2022 the convention will be held in May in Solomons Island, Calvert County. Here is an eBird generated bar chart for Calvert County, MD: https://ebird.org/barchart?r=US-MD-009&yr=all&m=
  • The border or overall shape of the proposed pin shall be clearly indicated.
  • Submission shall be rendered in color as finished artwork and not framed or matted. Submission shall be submitted in “hard copy” (i.e., not submitted electronically)
  • The entrant’s name, address, chapter affiliation, phone number and e-mail address and the species of bird shall be written on the back of each entry.
  • Entrants may not use others’ work or material copyrighted by others.
  • An Entrant may submit more than one design.
  • All entries will be returned to the entrants. By entering the contest, the entrants agree that if their design wins it becomes the property of MOS, which has the right to use the design to promote the convention and for other MOS promotional and historical uses.
  • The winner will receive several of the finished pins for a personal portfolio.
  • The winner will not announce or mention the results of the contest until he/she is officially announced in the MD Yellowthroat, at the convention, or on the convention website.

The contest coordinator works closely with the pin company to ensure that the final pin is an accurate representation of the winning entry and of the species depicted. Decisions regarding the company’s draft design are made by the pin coordinator. On rare occasions the company may want us to ask the winning entrant for permission to make minor changes in the design, in order to accommodate the manufacturing process. If the entrant is unwilling to make these minor accommodations, we will select another design.

The deadline for entries will be announced in the Yellowthroat, and for the 2022 Convention in Solomons Island the deadline is March 1, 2022. 

The contest coordinator is not one of the judges. The names of the judges are not revealed publicly, and a judge does not know the identities of the other judges.

The 2022 pin contest is now closed to new entries. If you have questions contact the coordinator at kari.mcp.10@gmail.com.

Additional information regarding the pins in general that may help you with your pin design but is not required:  The final design will be made in the cloisonné process. The pins are stamped in metal and then given a shiny gold finish. The colors, in the form of liquid enamel, are injected into pockets in the design and the pins are then baked to harden the enamel. As each pocket (and therefore each color) is separated from surrounding pockets by a metal ridge, it is difficult to have tiny details and tiny areas of color in the pin. Also, shading within areas of color will be accomplished by color blocks, as you can see below how the red shading in the cardinal was implemented in the final design using two shades of red. The final size of the pin will be 1 1/8th inch in the largest dimension. Pins can be made in any shape so the final shape will be the shape of the winning design. Generally, the pins will be printed in 6 colors. See below for side-by-side photos of the winning design from the 2021 virtual convention contest and the resulting pin!

MOS Annual Convention Pins 1987 to Date

Sue Probst

General pin for MOS

Rob Brownlee-Tamasso

Winning artwork entry for Cumberland Convention that was cancelled due to novel corona virus pandemic in 2020. Pin was not produced.

Ikumi Kayama

Ikumi Kayama

Gail Regester

Ellen Lawler

Diane Ford

Diane Ford

Ikumi Kayama

Diane Ford

Diane Ford

Marsha Hunt

Donald G. Jewell

Gemma Radko

Diane Ford

Gail Regester

Teri Christensen

Janet Millenson

Teri Christensen

Ellen Lawler

Suzanne Hasenpusch

Gladys Lambert

Ron Kelczewski

Gladys Lambert

Donald Culbertson

Gemma Radko

Margaret Blair

Margaret Blair

Donald Culbertson

Connie Bockstie

Connie Bockstie

Patricia Moore

Suzanne Probst

Connie Bockstie

Roy Brown

Patricia Moore

Patricia Moore