Design a wine label for Leopard’s Leap and Open Book Festival


Leopard’s Leap has been a sponsor of the Open Book Festival since its inception and this year, to celebrate the partnership, they have launched a wine label design competition.

Entrees will create a label for a bottle of Leopard’s Leap wine that showcases the distinct elements of Open Book and Leopard’s Leap and which includes both logos. Judges will be looking for a design that balances art, literature and wine.

The competition opened on 1 July and will run until 3 August 2015. The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize of R20 000 and 12 cases of labelled wine. The design will also be used by Leopard’s Leap on digital platforms including Facebook, Twitter, website homepages, blog article, newsletters and e-mail banners.

Prize include the following:

  • Cash Prize of R20 000
  • 12 Cases of wine labelled with the winning design
  • Winning design to be displayed at Open Book Festival venues during the festival
  • Winning design to be displayed at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards in Franschhoek
  • Winning design to be used by Leopard’s Leap on digital platforms
  • Winner and partner to be flown to Cape Town if not Cape Town based
  • 2 Open Book Festival passes

The judging panel includes highly influential book cover designer, Joey Hifi, the Co-Curator of Comics Fest and respected artist, Su Opperman, and of course the CEO of Leopard’s Leap, Hein Koegelenberg (who will ensure that the artwork is in line with the brand’s specifications).

Mervyn Sloman, Open Book Festival Director, says: “South Africa’s design talent is inspiring. We see this each year at the Comic Fest Marketplace, which takes place on the weekend of the festival. We want to grow the exposure for young talent, and this collaboration with Leopard’s Leap gives us that chance. We encourage all artists to enter!”

The winner of the design competition will be announced at the Open Book Festival opening bash at the Book Lounge on 8 September, where their winning design will be displayed on the wine served.

Competition details and requirements:

Competition runs from 1 July 2015 and entries to be submitted via e-mail to Entries close on 3 August 2015 at midnight.

About Open Book Festival

Open Book Cape Town is an annual literary festival, the first of which happened in 2011. Dates for Open Book 2013 are 7 – 11 September. The hubs will once again be the Fugard Theatre and much-loved indie bookshop, The Book Lounge.

When Mervyn Sloman and Ben Williams started talking about creating a festival, they had in mind around 60 literary events over 5 days featuring about 15 top international as well as some of the best South Africans writing today. Due to the incredible support Open Book received, that quickly grew into a festival that now includes over 100 events, featuring over 100 authors.