‘Say it with pictures’ -competition seeks the best representation of regional development – Grand Prize 1 000 €

The competition will be re-launched in autumn 2020. Read more.

The ‘Say It With Pictures’ competition is an open and general competition seeking the best and most inspirational depictions and visualisations of regional development. The competition is organised by MDI (MDI Public Oy), a regional development consultancy firm. The aim of the competition is to promote illustrative visualisation methods describing Finnish regional development while at the same time stimulating a broader discussion on regional development.

Categories and evaluation criteria

There are three categories in the competition:

• Infographics (e.g. graphs, maps, charts)
• photographs
• Other visual or recorded presentations (videos, Instagram Stories, GIFs, audio works, or other similar)

Contributions will be evaluated for their innovativeness, interpretation of the topic, artistry and implementation skills.

The work must deal with Finnish regional development or development issues.

How to participate?

The competition will be relaunched in autumn 2020.


The competition will be relaunched in autumn 2020.

The awards

The competition will be relaunched in autumn 2020.


The jury will select the finalists to be voted on. The jury will be chaired by leading specialist Timo Aro. In addition to Timo, the panel will also include Anssi Kumpula (Graphic Designer), Janne Antikainen (Development Director) and Kaisa Lähteenmäki-Smith (leading specialist).


The prizes are as follows;

1st place 1000 €
2nd place 300 €
3rd place 100 €


Competitors must hold the rights to the work they enter. The same person can participate in the competition with up to three entries in total. The participant grants the organiser the right to freely present the entry in connection with the competition. The prize winners grant the organiser the unrestricted right to use and distribute the competition work freely in all commercial uses. Paternity and source rights to the entries remain.

The competition organiser has the right to save the pictures for the purposes of judging the competition and for purposes otherwise stipulated in the competition rules.

The organiser and the media have the right to publish the finalists entries without compensation in MDI communication channels in connection with the competition. Any other use will be agreed with the author. The organiser of the competition has the right to submit non-award-winning works in electronic and printed form without additional compensation in connection with the competition. The Organiser has the right to make reasoned changes to the rules.

Q & A

Is there a winner in each category?
No. Only one winner (and 2nd and 3rd place) will be selected from across all entries irrespective of the format of the entry.