The American Society of Perfumers (ASP) and TFS Corporation have launched a global competition that gives perfumers the chance to win a trip to Australia by creating a fragrance using TFS sustainable, Australian-grown Indian sandalwood (Santalum album).
Here are the condition of entry from the website:
The competition is open to all perfumers with good standing in their national society (where applicable eg American Society of Perfumers (ASP), Société Française des Parfumeurs, SEPAWA, British Society of Perfumers etc), or students enrolled in a recognised perfumery educational institution including ISIPCA, Givaudan Perfumery School, IFF Perfumery School, Firmenich Perfumery School, Mane Perfumery School, Symrise Perfumery School, Perfumers World Thailand, Ecole Superieure du Parfum and the University of Montpellier.
This criteria serves as a guide only. Perfumers outside of this criteria are invited to apply for registration via email. These applications will be reviewed by the ASP to determine eligibility.
Applicants must register during the Registration Period and submit an Entry by the due date to be eligible to win.
Applicants will have up to eight (8) weeks to complete their fragrance and can submit one (1) entry – this Entry is final with no exceptions.
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