Frequently asked questions

1How does a team receive their unique Teamcode code?

All the participants will only receive the unique teamcode on completion of the registration process.

2Where all do the participants need to use their unique team code?

All the participants would be using their team code on the top right corner of their sheets, as the name of their submission and wherever requested by the organizer. This code will be their only identification for the process related with this competition.

3What is the limit or cap on the number of team members and can anyone participate individually?

A team can have up to 3 members and cannot exceed this number. The participants who desire to participate individually can do so by filling and submitting the details for the team leader.

4Can I change team members after I register?

Teams are welcome to add any new members as long as their total members do not exceed 3. However they are prohibited from swapping or removing any existing member of the team. To do this please send us your request on with the details of the new team member along with the team Unique Teamcode.

5Are the teams allowed to share their work for the competition before the winners are announced by the organizer?

The participants are only permitted to share their proposal for the competition on social media or any other platform once the winners are revealed officially. Archdais will also publish each submission at this date and will be working with many design platforms to attract publication opportunities.

6What file name should be given to submission material?

The participants are requested to submit the files with their unique team code as its name. Follow the submission guidelines given in the brief carefully.

7What should the participants do in case the payments are not available in our country?

We request the participants to send us the queries on to get an alternate payment method. We would send you all the possible payment methods.

8What does the participant do when they don’t get a unique identification code after the payment is made?

In case of such a problem we request you to send us screenshot of your payment receipt to with the “unique identification code” as subject matter within two working days of the transaction.

9Are multiple entries allowed for submission? or can we submit multiple projects in one entry only?

Participants are free to submit multiple entries or projects, but each entry must be registered by a separate email ID. One sheet will have a One project only.

10Are hand-drawn sheets allowed for submission?

Yes, they are allowed, participants can scan and mail them to us on Follow all the submission guidelines carefully.

11What is a promocode? & How to get one? Is it mandatory for registration?

Through Promocode participants can avail discount on the competition fee. You can get it from an archdais influencer, or by tagging 5 friends in any recent post of the competition shared on social media handles of @archdais & @archdais.competitions . It is not mandatory for registration.

12Minimum number of teams eligible for Group Discount? & How to avail?

Minimum 5 Teams or more are eligible for group discount. Write us on with number of teams willing to participate in the Competition. Archdais Team will guide you with the procedure.

13What are the modes of submissions?

The participants are requested to submit their work through mail on in A2 size sheet in 150 DPI resolution formats. All the submissions will be taken digitally only.

14What should be the submission file size?

The file size should not exceed more than 8MB.

15What would the size of the sheet be?

The participants are required to use an A2 sheet i.e. (594 mm X 420MM), (23.4 X 16.5 inch). The sheets must be composed in Landscape orientation, with the Unique Team Code on the top right corner.

16What is the nature of the competition and is it open for all?

Mars Calling is an International Art Competition and this competition is open for all the Students, Artists, Graphic Designers, Illustrators, Architects, Painters, Teachers, Designers, firms and professionals from all corners of the Earth. Archdais do not reserve any rights on the submitted design proposals.

17What is the judging criteria for this Art Competition?

The sketch or illustration would be judged on: 1. Emotive and experiential feel of illustration. 2. Creative ways of exploring and illustrating the walk 3. Imaginative and unique exploration of the environment 4. Sense of rhythm, scale and proportion in the built form

18Entry fee for the competition & timeline?

Fees & Timeline (All the deadlines are 11:59pm IST) 1. Early Registrations (1st November - 19th December , 2020) - Indian Nationals: INR 600 - Foreign Nationals: USD 15 2. Standard Registrations (20th December 2020 - 25th January 2021) - Indian Nationals: INR 1200 - Foreign Nationals: USD 30 3. Late Registrations (26th January - 15th Feb , 2021) - Indian Nationals: INR 1800 - Foreign Nationals: USD 45

19What is the level of details expected while sketching the habitations?

Participants are expected to detail out those aspects of habitations, which will help viewers experience the space they are sketching. For example, the idea of openings, textures of materials, or height of built forms are important aspects to evoke one's experience. On the other hand, details of joinery, details of how doors or windows might exactly work or how pavement or roadblocks are fixed to the ground, are not expected from the participants.

20Can I sketch for this competition, without worrying about the atmosphere or physiology of the planet?

Although the competition asks participants to be imaginative and explore their own ideas of the street, it is imperative to keep in mind the basic characteristics of how the Martian climate, atmosphere and physiology might allow us to build. As we do not want participants to go into a detailed research on this, we have given a few pointers in the brief which will need to be kept in mind.

21Will high-end graphic renders, which are often used to express realistic experience, be the ideal solution for this competition?

A sketch, even a basic sketch, has the power to move audiences, and temporarily transport one to another planet. We are looking for evocative ideas and expressions of creativity, rather than high-end graphic renders. While imagining a sense of experience in space, participants need to conceive certain aspects of scale, proportion, colours, form, solids, voids, street relationships and so on. A pencil sketch is as much welcome, as a 3D Lumion render in this competition.

22Can the presentation be done in a comic format?

Yes, any format that might help evoke an experience on the Red Planet is welcome. Participants may even write a poem to help us imagine what it might feel like to be there.