It’s official! The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) has announced the winners of the inaugural Spa and Wellness Infographic Competition, which offered a new opportunity for people around the world to become engaged with the GSWS. The top honor went to Lori Hutchinson, founder and co-owner of Hutchinson Consulting, a California-based hospitality-recruiting firm, for her infographic titled “You Would Love a Spa Career.”
Hutchinson’s entry was inspired by a survey of 548 spa professionals worldwide who said their careers were rewarding and fulfilling. Her winning infographic depicted five compelling reasons why a spa career should be considered and was designed in collaboration with Jason Parmer, creative director of Dapper, an advertising and design agency based in Lexington, Kentucky.
The second prize went to Johnathan Preyer, also of the U.S., for his consumer-facing design, “The Sitting Disease,” which depicted why “sitting is the new smoking” and explained who it affects and why people should take it seriously. Third-place honors were shared by Aimee Stewart of Ireland for her design titled “What Is Your Ayurvedic Dosha?” and Itchaya Goaysomboon of Thailand for “The Rise of Health and Wellness.”
Over 130 people registered for the international competition, which challenged contestants to use the infographic design medium to present an informed, inspired vision of any aspect of spa or wellness they chose. The four winners shared $5,000 in prizes: $2,500 was awarded to Hutchinson and $1,500 to the second-place winner. Third-place winners shared the $1,000 cash award.
The contest was sponsored by SpaBooker and was open to both individuals and teams over the age of 18. A panel of three industry experts selected the winners in a “blind judging” process.
The winning entries can be seen on gsws.org and will be showcased by the GSWS throughout the year. You can also read the press release for more information about the winning designs and the competition.
The GSWS Team