“¡Buenos dias, Argentina!”

Computer graphics and animation competition rules

«¡Buenos dias, Argentina!»


The competition «¡Buenos dias, Argentina!» is being held in 2015 to celebrate Argentina Year in Russia.

Aim of the contest:To familiarize children and young people with the culture and traditions of Argentina, to contribute to the development of the creative abilities of the children, and to establish international and inter-museum cooperation at the level of youth volunteering and educational programmes.

Tasks of the contest:

  • Exhibiting and supporting creatively gifted children
  • Developing in the next generation an interest for the history and culture of Argentina
  • Cultivating an ability to use different sources of information in their work
  • Involving children and young people in the celebration of Argentina Year in Russia.

Duration of the contest:

31st March 2015 to end of January 2016

Entries are accepted in the following categories:

  • Digital artworks and graphics
  • Multimedia presentations(PowerPoint and others)
  • Flash and Gif animations
  • Videos

Requirements of entries:

  • Graphics works must be in the format of: .jpg, .gif, .bmp. The size of files cannot be more than 1MB.
  • Multimedia presentations cannot have more than 10 slides
  • The length of an animation or video cannot be more than 1 minute

You must provide the source code (for .psd, .fla, .ppt, .pptx, .pdn etc. files).

Each work should be provided in electronic form in a separate folder (.rar or .zip archive). The name of this folder must be your surname and name.

In the folder with your work, include a text file named ‘annotation.txt’: in it you must list your school, class, your email, telephone number, and your name and surname.

The file name of your entry should include your surname, first name, age, city and the name of your work. For example, Johnson Charlie – 13 – Manchester – hermitage.bmp

At the bottom of your work you must show the name and surname of the participant.

Deadline for entries:

15 January 2016

Entries should be sent by email to: pobeda@znaem.org, hermitage.competition@gmail.com


The jury will decide the winners of the competition on the 25 January 2016.

The best entries will be exhibited on displays in the halls of the State Hermitage Museum, and the winners will be awarded.

Themes of the competition:

1. My Virtual Journey, or The Seven Wonders of Argentina

What surprising and unique places in Argentina would you like to visit and recommend to your friends? What marvels of nature and culture are exclusive to Argentina? And what is Argentina like in the eyes of your own country? Participants should present their unforgettable ‘calling card’ of Argentina, which will invite people to make a trip there.

2. Adventures in Patagonia, or Amazing Animals and Plants in Argentina

Who has not wanted to go on an incredible adventure like the one in Jules Verne’s book ‘In Search of the Castaways’? Who hasn’t dreamed of making great geographical discoveries with the all-knowing Paganel? Participants, you are invited to submit your own discoveries in the field of the animal and plant world of Patagonia (in Argentina): for example, an entertaining atlas of animals and plants.

3. Small discoveries which have changed the world

There are also discoveries which are not just “great geographical” ones. For example, one Argentinian of Hungarian origin, Laszlo Biro, first opened the way to mass production of the modern ballpoint pen. Domingo Liotta developed the first artificial heart, successfully transplanted into a human in 1969. René Favaloro designed the technology and performed the first coronary bypass operation. in the world. Dr Luis Agote developed the first safe method of blood transfusions. Participants are invited to discuss these great Argentinians and their great discoveries in an exciting format.

4. Famous Argentinians: the Secrets of Success

Maria Eva Duarte de Peron was the first lady of Argentina from 1946, when her husband Juan Peron became president, until her death in 1952. Even today, many years later, the image of this woman generates controversy. The truth, however, is that, despite the controversy, the life and fate of Eva Peron have had an impact on the growing role of women in the social and political life of Latin America.

Ernesto “Che” Guevara is a national hero of Argentina. Not by chance is he known as the Don Quixote of the 20th century! He specially added the Argentinian interjection “Che” to his name in order to underline his Argentinian origins. The image of Ernesto has gathered a vast following in pop culture. The famous black and white portrait of Che Guevara has become a symbol of the romantic image of the revolutionary.

The great modern composer Ariel Ramirez wrote the famous ‘Misa Criolla’ and also ‘The Pilgrimage’, a melody that became popular when played by the orchestra of Paul Mauriat.

Carlos Gardel was the most famous figure in the history of tango, an idol for millions of Latin Americans, who was called the “Songbird of Argentina”.

Argentinians are mad about football; it’s the main theme of discussion for the male population there. Any school pupil of the youngest classes, or even in pre-school, is as well-versed in football as a professional sports commentator, and from childhood you have to be a fan of the local football club. For us, Argentinian footballers are first of all Diego Maradona and Ezequiel Garay. Diego Armando Maradona is one of the outstanding footballers of the 20th century, an exemplar of skill and professionalism. And Ezequiel Garay was invited to Zenit St. Petersburg as a master of penalties and free kicks.

5. The History and Glory of Argentinian Tango

Love of tango is in the blood of Argentinians. The recognition of this is in National Tango Day (11th December), established by a special decree of the Argentinian government. It’s time to shake up the grey weather of Petersburg and add a bit of passionate colour to it! It’s time to charge up with the fiery heat of a faraway country! Participants in the contest are invited to share their own knowledge about the history of Argentinian tango, and maybe even ignite viewers of their digital dancing masterclass.

6. The Colours of Argentina: everyday life, culture, tradition, creation

What colours and ornaments convey the essence of Argentina, the soul of its people, the emotions of tango dancers and football fans? Participants are invited to explore the artistic traditions of the inhabitants of Argentina from ancient times to today, and present their findings in their own work of art.

 Competition Organisers:

State Hermitage Volunteer Service (www.benevole-hermitage.ru)

Autonomous non-profit educational organization “The Academy of additional professional education” (www.znaem.org)