Behind The Scenes, an initiative of The ESTA Foundation, announces its first-ever holiday card student design contest, open to any lighting, set, video or costume full-time design student interested in creating an original design for a 2010 card.

The winner will be chosen by an all-star panel of previous holiday card designers including Bob Bonniol, Beowulf Borrit, Scott Pask, Bruce Rodgers, Douglas Schmidt, and Tim Hunter Design. The winner's design will be among the cards offered for sale to raise money for Behind the Scenes, which provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals who are ill or injured.

The winner will also receive a free pass to the Live Design Master Classes (winner's choice of lighting, sound, or projection) to be held in May in New York City.

“This is an incredible opportunity for student designers to have their work seen by top-notch designers in our industry, including several Tony Award winners,” says Rick Rudolph, chair of the Behind the Scenes Committee. “We anxiously await the submissions and hope this will become an annual event to benefit Behind The Scenes.”

The deadline for entries is March 15, 2010. Design guidelines and cards from previous years can be viewed here. For questions email us here.