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Intl. Visual Competition Deadline Today

The Best in Show winner will receive a FREE registration to IRDC 2022




Superette, a first place winner in last year’s competition | Photography: Kayla Rocca Photography, Toronto

The deadline for VMSD‘s annual International Visual Competition is today, March 4.


Highlighting displays of limited shelf-life like pop-up stores/temporary retail, storewide campaigns and window displays (and now in its 28th year), the Best in Show winner of this competition will win a FREE registration to the 2022 International Retail Design Conference (IRDC), taking place in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 26-27, 2022. All winners will be featured in our 2022 July/August “Visual” issue.

Independent designers, design firms, visual merchandisers, retailers, manufacturers and distributors are all welcome to enter. Visual projects must have been completed between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021.

Entrants may submit more than one entry in as many of the following categories as they wish. No entry, however, may be submitted in more than one category:

Category A: In-Store Apparel Presentation – In-store single apparel presentations include women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and intimate apparel.

Category B: In-Store Accessories/Beauty and Shoes Presentation – Single presentations include women’s, men’s and children’s accessories, beauty products, shoes and jewelry.


Category C: In-Store Home Goods Presentation – Single presentations include furniture, tabletop, toys, electronics, books, music, stationery, sporting goods, gourmet foods and gifts that do not fall into the other categories listed.

Category D: In-Store Storewide Promotions – A series of images that illustrate the continuation of a single theme (such as a storewide product launch promotion). Entries must include store interior and window displays, otherwise they will be moved to another category.

Category E: In-Store Seasonal Promotions – A series of images (including store interior and window displays) that illustrate a seasonal promotion like Christmas or Back to School.

Category F: Non-holiday Window Displays (includes seasonal windows like Back to School, Fall, Bridal, Events or Cause-related.)

Category G: Holiday Window Displays

Category H: Temporary/Pop-up Retail Space


Category I: Food and Beverage/Consumables – Grocery and/or specialty food store displays/in-store promotions or product/food merchandising. Cannabis dispensaries, candy shops, quick-service restaurants and bakeries are also covered in this category.

Category J: Student Project – Includes temporary student-created merchandising and visual display projects, whether part of a school assignment (high school or college) or from a freelancing, internship opportunity. Entrants must be full-time students enrolled in a visual design program.

Winners will receive…


  • A FREE registration to the 2022 International Retail Design Conference (IRDC; valued at up to $1900+)
  • Featured coverage in  VMSD ’s July/August 2022 issue
  • A commemorative award and certificate


  • A discounted rate (savings of up to $400+) to attend IRDC 2022
  • Coverage in  VMSD ’s July/August 2022 issue
  • A commemorative certificate


  • A discounted rate to attend IRDC 2022
  • A mention in  VMSD ’s July/August 2022 issue
  • A commemorative certificate

Please note: Only retailers and those who work for design firms are eligible for a free IRDC registration. Manufacturers, suppliers and distributers MUST purchase an IRDC sponsorship to attend the conference. In the event a manufacturer, supplier or distributer wins, they will be allowed to gift their free registration to a preferred retail or design firm client. For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact Linda D’Adamo at or Murray Kasmenn at

Questions? Contact Managing Editor Carly Hagedon at



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