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

The ‘Say it with pictures’ competition is an open and general competition asking participants to depict and visualise regional development. The competition is organised by MDI (MDI Public Oy), a regional development consultancy firm. The aim of the competition is to find 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?

Submit your entry by 12.00, Friday 3rd April, by email to viestinta@mdi.fi as a .pdf, .png, .jpeg or video file, as a link to a webpage, or otherwise as appropriate.


Public voting for finalists begins Monday 6th April at 12.00 and ends on Tuesday 14th April at 23.59 The voting link opens here at the start of the vote and is also available on our social media channels.

The awards

The winners will be announced at the Helsinki branch of our office, situated at Fredrikinkatu 55, on Wednesday 15th April at 16.00.


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 own the rights to the work they enter. The same person can participate in the competition with up to, but no more than, 3 entries. 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 finalist’s photos without compensation in MDI communication channels in connection with the competition. Any other use of the entries 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?
Only one winner will be selected from any category.