Under the motto “Do It Yourself”, this year’s contest leave a lot of imagination, without restrictions on techniques or materials, but with a single duty: originality!
Thousands of proposals have arrived, from 60 countries (from Afghanistan to Burma, with stops in Canada and in Singapore). Joana Stichini Vilela, José Mendes and Fernando Alvim joined Jorge Silva, the “sardine father”, and a representative of EGEAC for the arduous task of electing the five sardines that won this year’s competition. Check the result in the following pages!
The fanfare went out in an imposing way making such a fuzz that woke everyone up.
Diver in Love
There are legends of divers enchanted by mermaids. But our diver was felt in love with a sardine in the coast of Lisbon. In the dark nigths of the sea, you will see a silver light far away. Is there where they live forever.
Can in sardine
Can in sardine is the inversion of “Canned Sardine “. When we think of references to sardines, canned sardines are one of the most iconic images. Playing with the common sense, instead of putting the sardines in the can, I decided to give the cans so characteristic of the Portuguese preserves the form of the sardine.
Miguel Angel Camprubi
The concept of the illustration comes from the Fados, which origin is attributed to the lower classes and marginal neighborhoods. It was associated with the songs that prostitutes used to sing in dark corners between alleys, as a way to make pleasant the waiting of their clients. I wanted to give to this “taboo” topic a bright and colorful face, as colorful as Lisbon is. So this sardine unites the most cheerful and dark part of the city.
A sardine that illustrates the good mood, the conviviality and the gossip between the neighbours, who never miss the opportunity to chat a little bit. The diversity of clothing and accessories symbolizes Portugal and it’s culture inserted in a Lisbon environment. The colors represent the nationality.