We are pleased to announce that Živilė Čepulytė, a student at the Vilnius Art Academy in Lithuania, is the winner of our 150th anniversary poster competition. Among the more than 400 entries, her simple, elegant design stood out from the pack, catching the jury's eye immediately.
The jury, which consisted of Finn Nygaard from Denmark, Kari Piippo from Finland and Uwe Loesch from Germany, as well as our own Director of Marketing Rikke Gransøe Lange and CEO Niels Smedegaard enthused, "This poster is simple, though simply the best. The composition is good, it has an optimistic feeling, provides a link to the future. You get the sense that business will continue for another 150 years." They further cited the work's playful attitude, "It's playful and spontaneous, but it still has a story. It's beautiful, but not too serious. Furthermore, it fuels the imagination, you have to dig into the layers to find all of the details. You get the feeling that you can continue building."
Neringa Sinkeviciene, General Manager Sales & Marketing in Lithuania and her colleague Irina Matuliene, Marketing Specialist, surprised Živilė at school, presenting her with a lithographic print of her poster, as well as a certificate for €3,500.
Runners-up, in no particular order, were Paulius Petrauskas (Vilnius, Lithuania), Agne Mackeviciute (London), Jekaterina Aleksejeva (Vilnius), Andres Muñoz Claros (Hamburg, Germany) and Mirjam Siim (Portugal). They will each receive a prize of €650 and their works will be featured in a postcard series.
The rest of the top 20 finalists were Vytis Vasilunas (Lithuania), Akvile Mikalauskaite-Kalugina (Lithuania), Jakob Hillebrandt (Denmark), Lotte Lund (Denmark), Monika Gustaityte (Lithuania), Maido Hollo (Estonia), Jesper D. Svendsen (Denmark), Santino Calvo (Estonia), Igor Pashchenko (Russia), Jonathan Hoffboll (Germany), Jörgen Alunurm (Estonia), Sune Christensen (Denmark), Ugnė Glinskytė (Lithuania) and David Christensen (Denmark). All 20 posters can be seen in the DFDS Terminal in Copenhagen and will travel to France and the Netherlands as well.
Check the DFDS Group Facebook page to see a video of us surprising her with the news of her win.
A very big and heartfelt thank you to everyone who entered, we were overwhelmed by your creativity!