Rules & Regulations

RULES OF ENTRY APPLICABLE TO THE
JUNK KOUTURE 2021 COMPETITION

*Current competition cycle runs from Sept 2020 – June 2021 with competition application entry open from Jan 25th – Apr 19th*  

**Update as of 15/03 – competition registration extended until April 30 2021** 

The following rules are designed to ensure that Junk Kouture is conducted as fairly and as efficiently as possible and are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of Junk Kouture. Infringement of any of the rules listed below may lead to exclusion, at any time, of individuals or schools from present and/or future participation in Junk Kouture. 

Junk Kouture will and requires that participants will always comply with Government Guidelines as may be issued from time to time during the Covid-19 pandemic and reserves the right to make changes at any time to the below rules as may be necessary to ensure such compliance. Junk Kouture is a digital competition for 2021.  

1. GENERAL RULES

1.1 The Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition is organised by Junk Kouture Operations Ireland Ltd. by whose decision on all matters relating to the Competition will be final. 

1.2 There is no fee for participating in Junk Kouture. Entries and all associated documentation must be submitted via the Junk Kouture app which is available to download from January 25th, 2021 on both Apple and Android devices. Please access the app store on your device to access this.  

1.3 An application will not be considered for judging unless all parts of the application process are completed on the app.  

1.4 The competition opens on 25th January 2021 and the closing date for receipt of entries is 6pm (GMT+1) on 19th April 2021 for all participants in the 2021 competitionUnder no circumstances will late entries be accepted. Please note that Junk Kouture Operations Ireland Ltd. Reserves the right to extend the competition window if it deems a requirement. Should this occur, Junk Kouture will provide information across key channels – website, social channels and email communications with subscribers.  

1.5 Participants must be in post-primary education and aged between 13-18 on 30 June 2021.  

1.6 Participants can win the title of Junk Kouture Designer of the Year (also known as Overall Winner) on more than one occasion. Previous winners of the title are eligible to re–enter the competition in subsequent years if they remain in post-primary education.  

1.7 Designs that have been entered in other competitions can be accepted as entries to the Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition, provided that this information is stated in the application entry and provided there is no thirdparty restriction on entry. If you wish to declare additional information about this, please contact. support@junkkouture.com  

1.8 Submission of an entry will not ensure the acceptance of a design as a finalist for the digital grand final event. In the first stage, a panel of screening judges will select the designs to go forward to the regional finals (5 regions, up to 50 finalists per region), followed by those entrants that are announced as grand finalists (10 from each of the 5 regions) and the judges’ decisions are final. 

1.Students taking part will be entered into one overall competition, from which various award winners are selected.  

1.1 Students attending Primary Schools or Third Level Colleges are NOT eligible to enter. 

1.11 There will be no live events in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.  

2. TEACHER REGISTRATION

2.1  Educators are invited to register as a Junk Kouture member on our app from January 25th, 2021 when the competition opens. Once a team is ready to submit an application, they will be required to assign a registered educator to their team via the app.  

2.2  Should a design be selected as a granfinalist; we will require additional information/documentation from the educator to confirm status. The assigned educator is responsible for the design team when it comes to grand final filming days. Or any in person engagementsFurther information around the requirements will be supplied to educators in advance of the digital grand final. Junk Kouture will communicate with the assigned educators. This is done so in the form of the Junk Kouture app/text/email.  

2.3  Any adult can be an educator, if they have undergone the appropriate training to allow them to work with minors. If a design team is successful the educator will be requested to submit relevant documentation i.e., teaching council ID, garda vetting etc.  

2.4  It is the responsibility of the educator to communicate any information relating to the competition to their students. Junk Kouture communicates directly with educators and does not communicate directly with the design teams.  

2.5 It is the responsibility of the educator to communicate any changes relating to the design team to Junk Kouture. This can be done by contacting support@junkkouture.com  

3. STUDENT REGISTRATION

Current competition participant registration opens on 25 January 2021 and closes on 19 April 2021. Registration will be done on the Junk Kouture app.  

3.2 All creators are required to create an account on the Junk Kouture app by providing the details below. 

  • Full name 
  • Username 
  • DOB 
  • Country (this will indicate the competition you wish to participate in)  
  • Gender  
  • Mobile Number (verification code will be sent to mobile to verify user)  
  • Password  

3.3 Once the creator accounts have been created, and the design is complete, the team leader can proceed with the competition submission, details of which are outlined below:  

  • Design name  
  • Design description: this should include the idea and inspiration behind the creation, listing materials, how it was made, how it promotes sustainability, key messages. Up to 600 characters)  
  • Design materials: All materials used in the design are included here. Up to 450 characters. 
  • Video link:  
  • Design name, team member names (maximum of three team members – invite will be sent to users via app to join your team)contact number and school information (name of school and location in country). 
  • Team video: Attach a link to a video you have created and uploaded to YouTube or TikTok – max of 60 seconds long. Clip should show the fine detail of the design, show the materials used, tell us about the inspiration, show your performance – please ensure video is in portrait orientation. Should you reach the regional finals, clips of this video will be used for any digital regional shows. 
  • Music link: Add a link to the song of choice. This will complement the finished design and finalists will be requested to supply JK with the correct section starting/ending point within the link provided. The link should be from Spotify or Apple music.  
  • Photographs: clear images of the design must be included. One image must display the design in its entirety.  Can upload up to 10 images. The first image uploaded will be displayed during any voting process.  

Please do not start an application process until your design and accompanying content is fully ready.  

 

3.3 All sections of the participant registration must be completed for your application to be successfully submitted and to be included in the initial judging stages.  

3.4 Junk Kouture designs must be submitted as either an individual or team application via the Junk Kouture app. Junk Kouture will not accept any other form of applications.  

3.5 student can only enter one design into the competition, whether they are entering as an individual or as part of a team. If a designer has entered a design that does not qualify for the international grand finale, they cannot be added to a qualified design team. 

3.6 Teams can consist of a maximum of 3 people. (this includes the person who is modelling the design)  

3.7 Individual designs may be submitted in the competition and once submitted cannot be re–classified as a team submission (i.e., no further team members can be added).  

3.8  To enter the competition all team members must be registered on the JK app. One member of each team will be responsible for submitting all the relevant information required for competition entry. The final application should reflect the co-ordinated efforts of all registered team members.    

3.9 In exceptional circumstances, teams may wish to decrease or increase the number of people participating in their accepted design team (max 3 students). Any such proposed changes need to be requested to Junk Kouture before the 01 April 2021 via the Junk Kouture platform by emailing. support@junkkouture.com detailing the proposed change(s) and the exceptional circumstances necessitating them. Failure to do so will lead to the proposed changes being rejected and the design being judged in the original grouping in which it was entered. Junk Kouture’s decision as to whether such changes are acceptable will be final. 

3.10 It is expected that most of the work for a design will be conducted in school, home, or the outside environment (i.e., afterschool club)Students should seek guidance and advice when creating their entry, however the final design must be created and completed only by the team members involved. 

3.11  It is not a requirement for all team members to be from the same school. The school’s name is included in the application process. 

3.12  Should a design team be selected as a grand finalist; we will require that the educator assigned to the team submit any requested documentation confirming their status – Further information around this to follow in advance of the event. 

3.13  Participants are responsible for the promotion of their design. 

3.14  Participants must refrain from making statements and claims in person or online that may bring Junk Kouture, the competition and relevant stakeholders, into disrepute. Failure to do so, will result in expulsion from the competition. If you wish to make a complaint, please refer to the complaints policy so this can be dealt with in an appropriate manner.  

3.15  Junk Kouture will use participants personal information only as set out in its’ privacy notice which can be found here http://www.junkkouture.com/privacy.  If a designer wishes to access their personal data, delete, or update information, they can do so by contacting Junk Kouture. 

3.16 Junk Kouture communicates directly with the assigned educator. This is done so through the Junk Kouture app/text message/email. Should a student have any queries relating to the competition we request that they bring these to the attention of the educator, who then is responsible for contacting Junk KouturePlease note that no response is guaranteed should you decided to contact us through one of our social media platforms.  

3.17  By submitting and application into the competition, participants give consent to Junk Kouture to use the images and video content uploaded on to the app for any promotional activity relating to the current competition. Video/images may also be used on digital platforms for any event related activity for example, regional finalist selection. 

4. MATERIALS

All materials used by design teams must be recycled or repurposed. New materials are prohibited. 

4.2  All materials used must be safe to model and exhibit, and must not contain any pyro, toxic  or dangerous materials. Should a design team be unsure about the nature of their materials  having initially consulted their assigned educator, they should consult Junk Kouture by email support@junkkoutrue.com  

4.3  Participants are prohibited from using any alcohol, tobacco or drugs branding or packaging  unless these are being used to promote the harmful effects of misuse.  

4.4  Participants that have been entered into Junk Kouture in previous years will not be accepted  unless the design has undergone significant further development and enhancement.  

4.5  Models must wear appropriate undergarments under designs when modelling their design  for the competition submission and performing at the filming day. 

5. Grand Finalists – Junk Kouture Digital 2021

The below, are applicable only to designs qualifying for the digital grand final. Please note that due to the digital nature of the 2021 event, additional ‘Digital Event Rules’ must be accepted by qualifying designers before they can take part in the event.  These will be provided on notification of qualification. 

 

5.1  Upon being selected as a grand finalist, the assigned educator will be required to confirm acceptance of having their design team included in the digital event with Junk Kouture 

5.2  Design teams will be responsible for providing additional content to Junk Kouture about their design in advance of the show (where required)There will be specific guidelines to adhere to for show production 

5.3  Design teams will be responsible for their own hair and make-up and any design requirements in advance of the show i.e., alterations and fixings 

5.4  Junk Kouture will not accept responsibility for damage to, or loss of, design materials or personal belongings. Design teams are advised to remove all valuable items from the backstage area in advance of the filming shoot. 

5.5  Design teams may be required to travel to a filming location/venue within their region in advance of the digital grand final. Details of this requirement will be provided to the assigned educator in advance of any arrangements 

5.6 It is the responsibility of the educator and team to facilitate and fund own travel to the filming location/venue. 

5.7  Should a design team be unable to travel to the allocated filming on the day set out by Junk Kouture they forfeit their place in the grand final. 

6. judging process

6.1 The judges are responsible for the selection of winners. These decisions are final. 

6.2 The judges reserve the right to withhold awards in the event of designs not reaching satisfactory design standard and live performance.  

6.3 The judges reserve the right to withhold awards and exclude designs if designers have not adhered to the rules and regulations of the Junk Kouture competition. 

7. voting

7.1 During the week of the grand final, voting takes place for the Audience Choice Award. This will be done so via the Junk Kouture app.  

7.2 You must be registered on the app to vote. Further Information around this to follow in advance of the virtual grand finale. 

8. AWARD WINNERS

8.1 Junk Kouture award winners will be announced at the end of the digital grand final and a list of these will be available via Junk Kouture platforms. 

8.2 The Junk Kouture Designer of the Year (overall winner) may not represent any other organisation until the following year’s winners are announcedIt is the responsibility of the winner to contact Junk Kouture via support@junkkouture.com should they need any clarification. 

8.3 Award winners must consent for Junk Kouture to access their design for company purposes where required for up to 12 months post competition. 

9. PRIZES

9.1 Junk Kouture will award prizes for the following categories: 

  • Junk Kouture Overall Winner  
  • Junk Kouture Regional Winners x 5 
  • Junk Kouture Best Performance  
  • Junk Kouture Glamour x2 
  • Junk Kouture Finishing Touches  
  • Junk Kouture Most Unusual Material  
  • Junk Kouture Enterprise  
  • Junk Kouture Creative for a Cause  
  • Junk Kouture Junior  
  • College Bursaries  

Overall Winner 

€ 1000 Euro prize 

Glamour Winner 2020 

€ 300 prize 

Overall Winning School 

€ 2500 Euro prize 

Junior Winner 2020 

€ 300 prize 

Teacher Hall of Fame Winner 

5* Hotel Break  

Enterprise Award 

€ 300 prize 

Best Performance Winner 

€ 300 prize 

Creative For a Cause Award 

€ 300 prize 

North Region Winner 

€ 600 prize 

JK Junior Award 

€ 300 prize 

East Region Winner 

€ 600 prize 

Glamour Winner 

€ 300 prize 

South East Region Winner 

€ 600 prize 

Junior Winner 

€ 300 prize 

West Region Winner 

€ 600 prize 

Most Unusual Material Winner 

€ 300 prize 

South Region Winner 

€ 600 prize 

Finishing Touches Winner 

€ 300 prize 

The full list of prizes is available on the Junk Kouture website.

All awards (trophies) will be sent to the winning design teams after the grand final event – these will be sent directly to the school for the attention of the assigned educator 

9.2 The prize fund for the Junk Kouture Designer of the Year (Overall Winner) and School of the Year will be paid by bank transfer to the individual account supplied. This will be done so within 90 days of announcement.  

9.3  Junk Kouture will hold a presentation with the Designer of the Year – details to be confirmed post virtual grand final and subject to any current travel restrictions due to COVID-19.  

9.4  Junk Kouture shall endeavour to send all prizes and pay all prize monies in accordance with and subject to these rules within 90 days of announcementJunk Kouture shall have no liability for failure to pay monies on or before such time.  

9.5 Please note that due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and travel restrictions, there will be no prizes that require any travel (outside of Ireland) for the 2021 competition. Prizes will be in the form of vouchers to the value identified above.  

9.6 Should opportunity arise later in the year for Junk Kouture to attend/host an event, we will make sure to contact prize winners.  

10. PHOTOGRAPHS / VIDEOS

10.1  Junk Kouture requires that participants give consent at time of application for use of design images. Junk Kouture retains the right to use any design photographs uploaded by participants on the app in the Junk Kouture competition in accordance with our privacy notice. Should designers wish to opt out of this, they should notify Junk Kouture by email by contacting support@junkkouture.com  

10.2  Junk Kouture reserves the right to use images/videos from any Junk Kouture events for promotional and marketing purposes, both online and in print, in accordance with its’ privacy notice.  Junk Kouture is under no obligation to make use of any photos taken at the events. 

10.3 Junk Kouture retains the right to publish information regarding all designs entered the Junk Kouture competition in accordance with our privacy policy.  

11. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

11.1 Design content and materials remains the property of the designers but must be made available for Junk Kouture for publication or exhibition purposes for up to 12 months post competition. 

11.2  Design content and materials must be made available for use of Junk Kouture partners and sponsors, when required for up to 12 months post competition. In these cases, design teams will be issued no fewer than 14 days’ notice prior to the event. All partners must hold relevant insurances for use of designs.  

12. PARTNERS / SPONSORS

12.1 Participants may be invited to take part in promotional activity from partners / sponsors. This activity must be approved by Junk Kouture beforehand, with designers and educators being informed of this prior. 

12.2 Participants will not be subject to any unlawful promotions, or indeed, be required to partake in promotional activity deemed unsuitable by Junk Kouture. These cases will be examined on a case-by-case basis by Junk Kouture. 

13. RESPECT FOR JUNK KOUTURE VALUES

13. 1 Junk Kouture expects all relevant stakeholders to respect the values and standards of Junk Kouture, as listed in the Junk Kouture Values. 

13.2 Junk Kouture respects the right to privacy. Full details are included in the Junk Kouture Privacy Policy. 

14. COMPLAINTS Procedure

Junk Kouture Operations Ireland Ltd. is committed to dealing effectively with any complaints you may have about our company. If we got something wrong, we will apologise and where possible we will try to put things right. We also aim to learn from our mistakes and use the information we gain to improve our services. 

When you complain to us, we will usually respond in the way we explain below.  

 

INFORMAL RESOLUTION  

If possible, we believe it is best to deal with things as soon as possible and in the easiest and most direct way.  

For participants: 

If you have a complaint relating to the Junk Kouture competition, you can make an informal complaint to us and we will investigate.  If you are not satisfied, then you can approach your school and discuss with the assigned educator. He or she will then contact us formally to try to resolve it for you there and then. We will only accept form complaints from the school on your behalf. However, we may need time to investigate it (please allow up to 5 working days for this). 

 

How to complain formally – applicable to schools (educators)  

You can make a complaint in any of the ways below:  

You can fill in our complaint form here. 

You can email support@junkkouture.com 

You can write a letter to us at the following address 102 Roadside, Buncrana, Co. Donegal.  

 

WHAT SHOULD YOU INCLUDE IN YOUR COMPLAINT?  

Remember to state your name, address, and telephone number (and email, if applicable) and whether you are acting on behalf of someone else. 

Briefly describe what your complaint is about stating relevant dates and times, if applicable  

List your specific concerns starting with the most important concern.  

Be clear about what you are hoping to achieve (for example an apology, explanation, etc.)  

State your preferred method of communication 

 

DEALING WITH YOUR COMPLAINT  

We will formally acknowledge your complaint within 5 working days and let you know how we intend to deal with it. We will ask you to tell us how you would like us to communicate with you and establish whether you have any requirements for example, if you have language difficulties. We will deal with your complaint in an open and honest way. We will make sure that your interactions with us in the future do not suffer just because you have made a complaint. If you are making a complaint on behalf of somebody else, we will need their agreement to you acting on their behalf. 

INVESTIGATION  

We will tell you who we have asked to investigate your complaint. If your complaint is straightforward, we will usually ask somebody from the service to look into it and get back to you. In some cases, if the complaint is serious, we may ask someone from outside the organisation to investigate. We will set out to you our understanding of your complaint and ask you to confirm that we have got it right. We will also ask you to tell us what outcome you are hoping for. The person looking at your complaint will usually need to see the files we hold relevant to your complaint. If you don’t want this to happen, it is important that you tell us. If there is a simple solution to your problem, we may ask you if you are happy to accept this. We will aim to resolve concerns as quickly as possible and expect to deal with the vast majority within 30 working days. 

When investigating your complaint, we will look at relevant evidence. This could include files, notes of conversations, letters, emails or whatever may be relevant to your complaint. If necessary, we will talk to the staff or others involved and look at our policies and any guidance. 

OUTCOME 

If we formally investigate your complaint, we will let you know what we have found in keeping with your preferred form of communication. This could be by letter or email, for example. If necessary, we will produce a longer report. We will explain how and why we came to our conclusions. If we find that we got it wrong, we will tell you what and why it happened. If we find there is a fault in our systems or the way we do things, we will tell you what it is and how we plan to change things to stop it happening again. If we got it wrong, we would always apologise.  

PUTTING THINGS RIGHT  

If we did not do something well, we will aim to put it right. If you have lost out as a result of a mistake on our part, we will try to put you back in the position you would have been in if we had got it right. 

LEARNING LESSONS  

We take your complaints seriously and try to learn from any mistakes we have made. Our senior management team considers a summary of all complaints on a regular basis as well as details of any serious complaints. Where there is a need for change, we will develop an action plan setting out what we will do, who will do it and when we plan to do it by. We will let you know when changes we have promised to have been made. 

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM YOU  

In times of trouble or distress, some people may act out of character. There may have been upsetting or distressing circumstances leading up to a complaint. We do not view behaviour as unacceptable just because someone is forceful or determined. We believe that all complainants have the right to be heard, understood, and respected. However, we also consider that our staff have the same rights. We, therefore, expect you to be polite and courteous in your dealings with us. We will not tolerate aggressive or abusive behaviour, unreasonable demands, or unreasonable persistence.  

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