The Henley Youth Festival is a totally individual event and as far as we know there is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the country!


It is a means of celebrating the talents and achievements of young people in our area and to give them experiences across a wide range of activities that they may not otherwise encounter. We support and promote the performing and visual arts, have some great team and individual sports events and also nurture other skills through workshops and competitions.


The first Henley Youth Festival took place in 1994 and now well over 1,500 young people, ranging from 4 to 18 year olds, take part each year in about 35 different events and activities. The Festival itself takes place over a couple of weeks every March and many participants are busy preparing well in advance!

LOGO Design Competition

Create a logo for the #HYF2022 “FRIENDSHIP” theme.

Paint, draw, collage, work on paper in any media or use a computer for your design if you wish. It’s up to you. Take inspiration from the world around you, draw on your experience of Friendship, but remember the best ideas are your own.

The winning HYF Friendship theme logo will be used throughout the 2022 Henley Youth Festival next March for all to see - Online, In Print, Around Henley. Have a look at our poster and flyer advertising the competition.


Shortlisted entries will be on display at Henley Festival Family on Sunday 19th September 2021.


The Mayor of Henley, Sarah Miller, and Ben Hargreaves from In8 Creative Design will be judging the competition ahead of a prizegiving presentation.


The competition is open to all young people aged 4-18 living or at school in the Henley area.




Your design must include the HYF ‘letters’ image 

The theme logo can be created on paper or digitally. You can download a Printable A4 PDF Template or a JPG to help you include the HYF ‘letters’ in your design.


  • PDF Template – download here, print out, create your masterpiece.

  • JPG File – download it here, save to your computer, create your artwork.

  • Don’t have a printer – no problem – just draw the ‘HYF letters’ to the best of your ability into your design.


The example below shows the HYF Letters included in the 2020 OCEANS theme logo:




Your artwork needs to fit on A4 sized paper

  • Remember you can use the A4 Printable PDF Template to help you if working on paper.

  • Digital artwork should fit on an A4 page – please ensure your design is no larger than 290 x 200 mm to allow for margins when printed.


Digital artwork needs to be a still image

  • Sorry animations cannot be accepted.



Submit your entry by email by Saturday 31st July.

When you’re happy with your work follow the 3-steps below:

  1. Take a PHOTO of your masterpiece OR SAVE your digital artwork in JPG or PDF format (Attachment 1).

  2. Complete the ENTRY FORM which can be downloaded here. (Attachment 2)

  3. Email your entry with both attachments to by Saturday 31 July 2021.


Ask an adult if you need help with any of these steps


Closing Date

The competition closes at midnight on Saturday 31st July 2021.


Who Can Enter

You are eligible to enter if you attend / live in the catchment area for one of the following participating schools: Badgemore, Bishopswood, Gillotts, Kidmore End, Nettlebed, Peppard, Sacred Heart, Shiplake, Sonning Common, Trinity, Valley Road OR if you attend Henley College, Shiplake College, Chiltern Edge, Rupert House or St Mary's.



Prizes will be awarded by The Mayor of Henley, Sarah Miller, at an “invite only” presentation on Sunday 19 September 2021.



Entries will be judged on imagination, creativity and interpretation of the Friendship theme and will be adjudicated by The Mayor, the HYF Chair and a professional graphic designer.


A number of entries will on display at the Henley Festival Family Sunday at Henley Bridge, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2LY. In the event of space restrictions, only selected or shortlisted entries may be on show.


First Prize

The overall winner of the competition will receive the opportunity to sit with a professional graphic designer in a working studio and see their idea come to life; take home a framed print of the final artwork; and a Family Ticket to attend the prizegiving presentation at the 2021 Henley Festival Family Sunday.


Runners-Up will receive a certificate.


Other terms and conditions of the Logo Competition

You can find our general competition entry terms here.

2020 HYF Theme Logo - Oceans