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Rules of the CEMACH competition

This is an abbreviated summary of contest rules. Up-to-date information can be found here.

Who can participate in the contest?

The contest is open to pupils and students aged 15-99 years, of Czech, Slovak, Hungarian and Polish schools. To enter the contest, you need to complete the application form on this website.


What are the contest category disciplines?

The contestants’ task will be to complete a project from the selected disciplines - art, literature, and the internet. Contestants may complete the project in more than one discipline, but they can only win one of them. Your assignment is to create a literary or artistic work or a website related to modern Israel. Projects dealing with World War II and history are not desirable. We really want CEMACH to be about today's Israeli science, tourism, economy, nature, and culture.

Guarantors of the discipline can help you with the selection of a topic, and for those of you who need some help, you can find a list of prepared topics here: seznam zajímavých témat


What is the format of the contest disciplines?

The aim of the contest is NOT to limit your creativity: If you choose to convey your message about Israel using sci-fi stories, contributions to Wikipedia, a 3D model of an interesting building, or using pictures of Israel, it is entirely up to you, but for each discipline, we have created the following instructions, which serve as the minimum required for your project if you want it to be included in the contest:

Literary Discipline

Open to high school students of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Israel and Poland between the ages of 15-99.

Minimum amount of text: 2 500-5 000 characters
Suggested Topics:
Due date of the project: 15 April 2017
Project format: Word, txt, or PDF
Note: The text will be published under a Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0 license and must include citations and links to the original sources of information. (More about a Creative Commons license, and why it is imperative to cite documents here).
Evaluation criteria: original idea and interesting concept ⅓, use of language and style ⅓, quality use of relevant sources of information about Israel and careful citations ⅓


Information for participants:

●31st March 2018 - deadline for applications through on-line form published on the contest website .

●January-April 2018- Contestants consult the topic and project supervisor of the literary discipline at e-mail address: Jakub.Szanto; contestants develop their projects and projects and send them to


Art Discipline

Project format: Artwork or other artistic models, or something similar
The deadline for completion of the project: 15 April 2018

A) Rules

contest disciplines are open to high school students between the ages of 15-99 years from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Israel, Hungary and Poland.

Participants log on to the contest via on-line form published on the website.

Maximum size of a 2D piece is B2 (70×50 cm).

Maximum size of a 3D piece is 20×20×20 cm.

A single author can send in 1-3 pieces of artwork to the contest.

Authors must follow a set theme - Exploring Modern Israel.

Each piece must be clearly labeled.

Each piece or project must be accompanied by a text from 30-50 words in length.

Actual artwork should be sent by post to PP Partners Prague addressed as:

PP Partners Prague
Palace Broadway
Celetná 38
Praha 1
110 00

Alternatively, for graphics, these can be scanned and sent electronically to:

pieces accepted into this contest will not be altered..


B)Acceptable Techniques and dimensions

● drawing

● painting

● collage

● freestyle graphics

● applied graphics (eg, poster, calendar, book cover...)

● photography

● mixed media

● sculpture (ceramic, paper, wood, mixed media)

Dimensions of printed works up to B2 format (70×50 cm).

3D spatial work a maximum of 20×20×20 cm.

The label on the back of each printed work or sculpture has:

  • Title of work
  • Medium
  • Author, Author
  • Address
  • E-mail
  • Phone
  • Text about the piece (project) in length of 30-50 words

Suggested Topics: Modern Israel, other topics can be found on the project wiki Israel.

Warning: Text will be published under a Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0 license. (More about Creative Commons licenses here)

Evaluation criteria: original idea, interesting concept ⅓, quality of workmanship ⅓, relevant sources of information on Israel ⅓.


C) Contest schedule

●31st March 2018 - deadline for applications through on-line form published on the website.

●September to April - Contestants consult the topic and project with visual arts guarantor at: lada.krupkovakresadlova; contestants develop their projects, send their work to: Památníku Lidice

The Internet Discipline

Project implementation period: 1 September - 15 April

A) The basic requirements for the format of the project:

The aim of this CEMACH Internet discipline contest is to create a website. The Formation of an internet presentation, blog, other, only with the approval of the guarantor. Website content must be related to Israel.

Suitable topics: tourism, science, business, education, attractions

Inappropriate topics: Golem, Holocaust, the Middle East

see conflict.section of the site Suggested Topics


B) Extent of the Website

Minimum range of the website is:

2500 text characters

3 subpages

5 files

3 links to external sources


C) Technical Parameters

When creating a website for the contest, virtually any system that allows the creation of websites will be permitted. You are allowed to create static pages without an editing system, so any editing system can be used.

Contestants will automatically be provided subdomain hosting including a simple editing system for creating presentations and counting site visits.

We will individually address individual hosting requirements outside of the recommended forms of presentation. However, you can use Google sites, ePages, any commercial or free hosting. In the creation of your webpage there are no limits to the use your imagination, but it is important, however, that the resulting product be of high quality.

D) Graphic design

Graphic design pages should match the theme and contest associated with it. You will be permitted to use your own graphic design or ready-made graphic design templates.

E) Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

One of the most important elements in the creation of pages that will be evaluated is SEO. You will be permitted to use any on-page optimization techniques that search engines allow.

F) Website Promotion

Within the framework of the project it is expected that you will come up with the design and potentially even a partial implementation of promotion of the website.

G) Copyright

When creating this site copyright infringements of a third party are not permitted. In particular this concerns:

  • text content
  • use of photos
  • graphic forms of the Web

Note: The text will be published under a Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0 license, where all multimedia content are used in accordance with the law and are properly cited. (More about Creative Commons licenses, and why it is imperative to cite documents here) The project handles counting site visitors.


H) Evaluation

Five main criteria will be used to evaluate the individual contest projects.

Use of information sources in Israel

Search engine optimization (SEO) and website promotion

Technical processing

Content interest, originality

Linguistic and stylistic form

In regards to the nature of the Internet as a viable medium, a jury will evaluate projects based on their state throughout April 2018. Contestants should be careful to maintain the site of their internet presentation after sending in the link.

Contestant information:

●31st March 2018 - deadline for applications through on-line form published
on the competition website /subscribe-to-competition.

●Sept. - April - contestants consult the topic and the project supervisor for the Internet Discipline at e-mail address: cemach @; contestants develop their projects and send the link to

Are there any other responsibilities for contestants?

Cemach is not only about quiet work sitting at a computer or standing over a piece of artwork, but also about experience, about acquiring the knowledge to be able to present one’s own work. For this reason, the preparatory team for the Cemach contest has organized workshops where participants can learn not only basic skills for mastering your discipline, but also the basic principles of Internet marketing and media communications. The contestant must then use this acquired knowledge in practice. workshop/



What is the main prize of the competition?

The winners from each category will take a 7-day Experience Israel Tour, during July and August. Second place winners in each event will get an Apple Ipad, third place will receive an electronic Kindle book reader, fourth to tenth place will receive an mp3 player Ipod Shuffle.


Why do we ask for references of texts quoted?

Any image, photo, or text that can be found on the Internet is the intellectual property of its creator. To use these resources without the author’s permission is comparable to theft, like a composer wanting to be celebrated as the composer of songs that someone else wrote. Hence, if someone uses any information, they should always quote its source. Imagine writing that there are flying cars in Israel because your neighbor told you this. If you write about what is happening in Israel, it is always also good to note where you got the information so that you and your readers can form a picture about the extent to which such information is trusted and it's also a requirement of the Copyright Act.

More information on how to do citations under the Act can be found at this address. For the purpose of this project it is enough if you include with the text you provided the author's name and book title or Web site from which you got the information.

Why a Creative Commons Licence?

The aim of the Cemach contest is to raise awareness of what modern Israel is like and we would like for texts and pictures that you create on the basis of this debate to serve not only you but also other citizens of the Czech Republic. If you write a nice review about a tourist resort, why should it not be possible for a travel agency to use it on their website? Or could not your pictures of interesting places in Israel also appear on wikipedia and so serve other students? To be able to handle your work further, we need your permission to redistribute your work. The easiest way to do this is to use the copyright license Creative Commons, which in 2010 was translated into Czech. By using this license, you are basically saying that the whole world can enjoy your work, but if they use it, they must state that you are the author. For more about Creative Commons licenses, please visit,

All work of students subscribing to this contest will become the intellectual property of the Czech-Israeli Chamber of Commerce, which shall publish it under the license CC-BY-SA3.0.