Behind the Scenes, an initiative of The ESTA Foundation, announces its second annual 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 2011 card.

The winner will be chosen by an all-star panel of previous holiday card designers including Bob Bonniol, Beowulf Borrit, Ed Coco, Christine Jones, 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 seriously ill or injured.

The winner will also receive a free pass to a Live Design Master Class in lighting, sound, or projection (winner's choice) 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.

The deadline for entries is March 30, 2011. Design guidelines and cards from previous years can be viewed here. For questions, email us here.

For additional information visit the Behind The Scenes site or call 212-244-1421.