Rules & Terms and Conditions 2018-05-15T11:19:10+00:00

By submitting your competition entry you are agreeing to the rules and terms and conditions below and that you are giving permission to have your entry considered for publication, and if it is selected, to have it modelled in order to be broadcast in any media associated with the competition, and at the discretion of the organisers.    Competitors with shortlisted entry/entries will also need to send or bring their hat/s to the festival for display.


Entries must include:

  • Up to 100 words about yourself (outlining your millinery/hat-making background).
  • Up to 3 photographs of your finished hat.
  • Up to 250 words outlining the processes involved in the making, thought and inspiration behind your design.
  • Competitors may submit more than one entry, but each entry must be submitted separately.
  • This competition is open to both residents of the UK mainland and to overseas entrants.
  •  All competitors are responsible for carriage/postage BOTH ways.
  • There is no age limit.
  • Maximum of one prize per person.
  • £6 entry fee for each entry – non-refundable.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Closing date for all entries is midnight on Wednesday 2nd August 2017.
  • Shortlisted entries will be contacted and invited to display the finished hat at the Bridport Hat Festival. These shortlisted finalists’ entries if posted, should be received by us on or before 30th August 2017.
  • Final judging will be on 2nd September 2017 by a panel of professionals from the hatting world.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Should a finalist be unable to attend final judging, it is the finalist’s responsibility to send a cheque to cover current postage rates for the return of their hat in its original packaging.
  • Any hat(s) that have not been collected or postage costs sent for their return, by the end of September 2017, will be donated to the Bridport Hat Festival’s next Hat Amnesty in order to raise money for its chosen charities.


Points will be awarded for each of the following criteria:

  • Creativity & originality
  • Workmanship & degree of difficulty.
  • Proportion, balance & colour.
  • Quality of the skills shown.
  • Visual appeal & impact.

The marks awarded to an entry for each criterion will be added together and the top three of the totalled scores will determine the first, second and third prize winners. All finalists will receive verbal feedback from the judges.

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