For the 11.04 Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase we (the attendees at the UDS session) thought it would be really good to set a theme. The decision was made in order to encourage people to create content with wider artistic merit.

The Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase is designed to help all of us show off the beauty of our creative work. We want the brief to inspire people to explore and celebrate their interpretation of Freedom.

The Brief: To create photography, illustration, music and video which express Freedom.

We are looking for beautiful, engaging and optimistic work that will serve to delight millions of people all over the world.

All submissions must be original work. Should you be combining content (for example using music to accompany a video), we must insist that all components are creative commons licensed (CC-BY-SA).

Videos can be animation or live action.

The creative brief is deliberately open but all submissions must follow the Ubuntu Code of Conduct (that means no nudity, swearing or anything that would upset your Mum or Dad!).

Judging criteria: contributions will be judged for production quality as well as creative merit.

Beta Freeze is March 24th so winners will be announced 18th March. All contributions that wish to be considered must be submitted by the 1st March 2011.

More details about where to put your submissions can be found on the free culture showcase wiki page on the Ubuntu wiki.

At UDS we also agreed that selecting judges from within the professional creative community would give us an opportunity to showcase our work to a broader audience. I am delighted to announce that the following people have agreed to sit on our judging panel:

André Durand: Artist
Anthony Melder: Creative Director, Iris
Peter Kirn: Create Digital Music
Peter Grundy: Grundini

Get creative!