Each year, HIGH TIMES commissions a different artist to create the official art for our flagship event, the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. This art, which typically reflects that year’s Cup theme, then becomes the centerpiece of the entire event – gracing every poster, tee shirt, judge’s pass and guidebook.

For our milestone 25th Anniversary this November, that theme will be the Founders Cup: we’ll be honoring the founders of the Dutch cannabis movement, as well as the founder of the Cup itself – HIGH TIMES creative director Steven Hager, who we’ll be inducting into the very Counterculture Hall of Fame that he himself created over a decade ago. But this time, instead of finding an artist, we had a better idea: why not let the artist find us?

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If you’re a graphic or fine artist and would like the chance to have your creation become the official art of the 25th Annual Cannabis Cup, just follow the directions below. Finalists’ artwork will be featured in next year’s Cannabis Cup collector’s issue, and one lucky winner will win a free trip for them and a guest to Amsterdam this November to be a celebrity judge at the 25th Cannabis Cup.

Rules and regulations below.

Final digital artwork should be large enough and high enough resolution to be reproduced at poster size (18 x 24”, 300 dpi). Preferred formats include: layered Photoshop or Illustrator doc, QuarkXpress or Adobe InDesign doc. Vector art (EPS) is preferred. Please be prepared to supply all fonts and images used in the file. If you draw the art by hand, please submit a hi-res scan of it.

The theme for this year is the Founders Cup – honoring the founders of the Dutch cannabis industry and the founder of the Cannabis Cup, Steve Hager. Entries are not required to directly reflect that theme, but must be reasonably compatible with it. Artwork must feature the following text:


25th Cannabis Cup™

November 18-22, 2012

For tickets and info go to cannabiscup.com

THE “HIGH TIMES” must be the official HIGH TIMES logo art. (Click here to download it). Artwork should also include enough open space along the sides/bottom for us to add in the names of performers and other details later.

Winning artwork will be used to create all of the promotional and commercial products for the event, including posters, t-shirts, guidebooks, ads, stash jars, banners and more.

Digital entries should be submitted via our website at:

If art file is too large to process, you may submit a smaller web version of art for viewing purposes only.

All entries must be received no later than 4:20 pm on July 20, 2012. Winner will be revealed in our Cannabis Cup Preview (Nov 2012 Issue).


Entries for High Times 25th Cannabis Cup Art contest (the “Contest”) may be received for a period beginning March 1, 2012, and ending July 20, 2012, at 4:20 p.m. EST (the “Contest Period”). Valid entry to be made via email and hightimes.com only. Entrants must provide their name, address, city, state, ZIP code, email address, and telephone number to enter. One entry per person. To be eligible to win, entrants must submit digital artwork that conform to the guidelines provided. Entries may be submitted to hightimes.com/cupartcontest or emailed to [email protected]  “High Times” is a registered trademark owned exclusively by the Trans-High Corporation (the “Sponsor”). Use of the High Times name or logo for contest purposes is not permission by Trans-High Corp. to use trademarks for any other purpose or for any other contest. Winner will be determined by the staff of High Times Magazine based on appraisal of which artwork best captures the spirit/theme of the event and is most marketable. By entering this Contest, entrants give their express permission to be contacted by Sponsor by telephone, email and/or postal mail for Contest purposes only. Winning entrant further expressly permits the release of his or her name and/or photo to be used for publicity purposes by Sponsor.

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Trans-High Corporation, or its subsidiaries, employees, agents or associates, including High Times Magazine, are not responsible for lost, incomplete, illegible, late, misdirected, stolen or mutilated entries, account information, mail or email or postage-due mail; failures or malfunctions of phones, phone lines or telephone systems; lost entries or transmissions; any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in transmission, transaction processing or communication; interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections; miscommunications, failed computer hardware or software or technical failures; garbled, misrouted or scrambled transmissions; printing errors appearing within these Official Rules in any Contest-related advertisements or other materials; or other errors or problems of any kind, whether mechanical, human, telephone, electronic, mail or otherwise and acts of God. Contest will officially cease at July 20, 2012, at 4:20 p.m. EST where one (1) winning entrant will be selected. Winning artwork will become the official artwork of the 25th Annual Cannabis Cup for the production of any and all associated merchandise, promotional and commercial. Artist represents that the submitted Work is an original rendering created by Artist.  Artist further represents that Artist is the exclusive owner of all rights, title and interests in The Work and able to give all rights, title and interest in such work to High Times Magazine and Trans High Corporation. High Times Magazine/Trans High Corporation will at all times credit Artist as the Creator of the Work hereby given to High Times Magazine/Trans High Corporation.  Artist agrees that he/she will indemnify High Times Magazine/Trans High Corporation against any claims brought by third parties (known or unknown) for copyright infringement or other claims that The Work was not an original creation of Artist or that Artist was somehow not permitted to convey all such rights in the Work to High Times Magazine/Trans High Corporation. By submitting Work, Artist grants High Times permission to reproduce and exploit Work as it deems fit, both in the magazine and online, for promotional and commercial purposes, and Artist relinquishes claim for any payment for said Work.

The selected entrant will win: two VIP passes to the High Times Cannabis Cup in November 2012, accommodations for two (2) for three (3) nights at a location in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to be solely determined by Trans-High Corporation; round-trip airfare for one from New York to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, plus round-trip ground transportation from the airport to the hotel in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Actual value of prize will vary depending on winner’s city of departure and final flight itinerary. Certain restrictions and blackout dates may apply. Winning entrant (the “Winner”) is responsible for his or her own local transportation to and from the airport in his or her departure city to New York, New York, in addition to transportation to John F. Kennedy International Airport or surrounding area airports from which the flight to Amsterdam commences. Prize will be redeemable in cash for 1/5,000th of the retail value of the prize.

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Trans-High Corporation, its employees, agents, successors, and assignees of the Sponsor, its advertising agencies and participating companies involved in the Contest, and employees of and family members of each of the foregoing, shall be ineligible to participate in the Contest.

* By entering this Contest, each entrant agrees to be bound by each and every term of these Official Rules. By entering this Contest, the entrant agrees that any and all claims against Sponsor, its affiliates, employees, officers, directors, judges and agents arising out of this drawing shall be settled by final and binding arbitration before the American Arbitration Association pursuant to the United States Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §1-16, or before the American Arbitration Association under its International Arbitration Rules if the claim arises from conduct outside of the United States. Any such claim must be filed in New York, New York, with the American Arbitration Association by December 23, 2011, or no claim or action may be sustained against Trans-High Corporation, its affiliates, employees, officers, directors, judges and agents arising out of this Contest.