Conditions for participation

  • The competition is open to every hat maker worldwide.
  • You must register for 1 February 2019 via the registration form on the NHV website.
  • Once you have paid the participation fee, it is no longer possible to withdraw from the competition.

  • If for any reason you decide afterwards not to take part in the competition, an additional amount of 25 euro has to be paid on top of the participation fee.
  • The (cocktail) hat or fascinator must be original, made by yourself by hand and to meet our assignment. The hat must not have been shown before or have a great resemblance to earlier entries.
  • The hat must be qualitatively and expertly in order (hat craftsmanship).
  • The hat must be portable, comfortable and in balance. In the case of a ladies model suitable for size 57 - 58 cm and in the case of a men's model for size 58 - 59.
  • The entries are judged blindly. (Name) labels in, on or on the hat are therefore not allowed and can be a reason to disqualify the entry.
  • The seam of the (entrance) band is mid back. If this is not possible due to the design, indicate with a cross in a contrasting color what is mid back.
  • Work can be refused without giving reasons.
  • Each participant is allowed to submit a maximum of 1 hat.
  • Registration is only valid after receipt of the registration fee on the NL 31 INGB 0009 4386 29 account of the Dutch Hats Association - The Hague (BIC: INGBNL2A).
  • Send the following information by e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) as printed on an A4 with your mail package to us:
    1. A description of your source of inspiration (eg description idea, symbolism) - this text may be up to 50 words long
    2. Indication of the materials used
    3. Sales price (including VAT and sales commission)
    4. Title of the work
    5. Picture of a person with hat on which you can see how the hat is best worn, as a reference in description and preparations (photos digital, free of rights, in jpg format)
  • The hat should be delivered to 1 March 15 April 2019 at the Dutch Hats Association, Jozef Israelsplein 8, 2596 AS The Hague. If the hat is not delivered on time, no photograph can be taken and the hat will not be included in the photo book attached to the competition.
  • For publication in the competition photobook and on the website your hat is photographed on a model. The female model carries her hair in a bun during the photo shoot and is photographed from the front, or possibly from the side.
  • The entire hat must fit into a sturdy box of maximum 50 x 50 x 30 cm; wrap and ship your hat in the smallest possible box! Hats without being refused, in too large or unsound boxes.
  • Take the outside of the box in which you send the hat NOT one more time with wrapping paper etc., but use a box that can be closed with packaging tape.
  • For the return of the hat to your package always add:
    - a package stamp (postage costs for returning your hat)
    - a label or label with the address on which you wish to return the hat
  • Of course we will pay utmost care to your hat, but for the sake of good order we will inform you that participation is at your own risk.


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