By Duncan Mackay

Baku Flame TowersFebruary 18 - An international design competition has been launched by the organisers of the inaugural European Games, which is due to be held in Baku in 2015.

They are looking for designs for the logo, medals and torches that will form the look of the Games. 

The competition is open to both professional and amateur designers and there is no age-limit.

But each designer can only enter five pieces of work and they must consist of a single theme, many of which are expected to feature the $350 million (£226 million/€262 million) 190 metre high Flame Towers (pictured top), a residential complex nearing completion in Baku and which will dominate the city's skyline.

The winner will receive a first prize of AZN 5,000 (£4,000/$6,500/€5,000), with the runner-up getting AZN 3,000 (£2,500/$4,000/€3,000) and the third placed AZN 2,000 (£1,500/$2,500/€2,000). 

The competition was announced at the first meeting of the Organising Committee, chaired by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

"Holding the European Games in Baku is a historic event for our country and the European Olympic Movement in general," said Mehriban Aliyeva, wife of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who is heading the Organising Committee.

Mehriban Aliyeva behind name badgeAzerbaijan's First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva is in charge of preparations for the European Games in Baku in 2015

"The rapid development of Azerbaijan, which became the leading state in the region, its position in the world community and the current socio-political stability have established in the international community a confidence that the country will be able to successfully organise this significant event.

"Based on the experience we have acquired in the course of international events in Azerbaijan, including the European and World Championships and Eurovision 2012 Song Contest, we will do our best to ensure holding the European Games at the highest level, and will work with all forces to justify your confidence."

An application form to enter the design competition can be obtained by contacting [email protected]

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