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Cape Bretoner’s condom wrapper designs make national contest finals

ONE Condoms’ ‘Do it for Canada’ contest wraps up on July 12


Published on July 3, 2017

Julie Martin.

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SYDNEY, N.S. — In honour of Canada's 150th anniversary, ONE Condoms is making Canada the first country to have its own condom collection and a Cape Breton artist is a finalist in the competition.

Julie Martin, who now lives in Ottawa, spotted the contest last month on Facebook. Since she has knowledge in graphic design she decided to enter three designs into the contest. All three of her designs have made it to the final round of ONE Condoms’ “Do it for Canada” contest.

Martin said she entered the contest on a whim because she had free time after finishing school and it suited her talents.

“I thought it was funny, for one, and I just finished school and I was in a period of looking for work and doing odd jobs so I thought, I have some time on my hands and I do a bit of freelance design stuff anyway.”

Currently, Martin has three designs in the top 50 of the national contest. Her designs are called “Tap One”, “Sweet One, Eh?” and “One Tall Toque.” She said she wanted her designs to be original but Canadian.

“I was trying to think of something that was a bit different, but also I could make kind of a cheeky joke with,” said Martin.

ONE Condoms will pick 10 winning designs. They’ll include the top five most popular, as well as five regional winners. After the submission period, a combination of voting by a panel of guest judges and the public will help pick the winners.

As well as a cash prize, the winner will be given up to 10,000 condoms to donate to the charity of their choice. Martin has contacted the Ally Centre in Sydney and has chosen to give the condoms to them if she wins.

“They (Ally Centre) support safe measures and LGBT — really, anyone in the community, and they’re in Sydney so I thought a hub would be a good place to donate.”

The 10 winners will also receive a cash prize and a year’s supply of condoms featuring their winning artwork. Martin said if she won she would like to spend some of the prize money on graphic design software to enter future competitions. Martin said her roommate also had an idea for the year’s supply of the product.

“When I told my roommate, her response was ‘think of all the balloon animals we could make.’”

ONE Condoms will also donate a total of 150,000 condoms to various Canadian organizations dedicated to promoting sexual health education and outreach. Votes can be cast for the winners at onecondoms.com/contest. The contest wraps up on July 12.

 

christian.roach@cbpost.com