2019 forensics competition

If you've come to this page, it's because you either have, are interested in, or will be entering the competition.

In a nutshell, the competition calls on students at accredited universities to produce a character concept demonstrated in one of three chosen formats:

a) Poster
b) A reference guide
c) An animated video
d) Or all three should you wish

No matter which option you choose, they all have to explain the Management of the Dead (MotD) process.

Management of the dead? You may ask...
At the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) our work is focused on preventing and alleviating human suffering. Situations of conflict, disasters or mass migration result in mass fatalities and we need to be able to have standard procedures in place to manage the process in a dignified and respectful manner. While the ICRC provides training, there are many forensic practitioners/technicians who may not receive our training which is why we need tools that communicate basic Management of the Dead principles that can be disseminated across the continent.

That's where you come in...
We're calling on you to produce a poster, reference guide or animated video that will present the basic Management of the Dead principles in a way that is easy to understand for everyone, whether you are a forensic specialist or someone who has never heard of forensics before. No matter which category you choose to enter, it must be accompanied by a detailed concept that explains your design. Please follow the links at the bottom of the page for the specifications for the poster, reference guide and animated video and read the guidelines VERY CAREFULLY. When it comes to the design, we don't want to put limits on your creativity so you pretty much have carte blanche there.

What's in it for you?
A bursary of R 10,000 will be awarded to the winner of each of the three categories who submit a winning concept and design. The award will be given through the university you are studying with. You may enter the competition individually or in teams. If you enter the competition in teams, the prize money for the category you enter will be split between the team members.

Competition deadlines?
If you want to enter the competition, you have to complete a registration form and email it back to us by 31 March 2019 (Sunday).
The competition will run until midnight on 30 June 2019 (Sunday). No late submissions will be accepted.
In other words, ALL concepts and designs MUST be submitted electronically by 30 June 2019. In addition to the online submission, if you wish to submit a physical copy, you may drop it off in a box at the ICRC office security desk on or before 30 June 2019 – only during 8 am to 5 pm. Please ensure you sign the form with the security officer confirming your submission.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
202 East Avenue

The top three short-listed entrants in EACH category will be informed via email on 1 August 2019 (Thursday). Your lecturer will also be informed. Please note, we will only contact the short-listed entrants. If you are not contacted on this day, your submission has not been short-listed.

The shortlisted entrants will be invited to an ICRC event in Pretoria on 30 August 2019 (Friday) where the announcement of the winners will be made.

If you have any questions throughout the competition, please email: Please expect a response within three working days.


Registration Form and Terms and Conditions.

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Poster: Please click the link for all the guidelines.

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Reference Guide: Please click the link for all the guidelines.

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Video: Please click the link for all the guidelines.

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Management of Dead Bodies After Disasters

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