The cover should convey orchestral elements of some sort. The type setting of the title is very important to us in choosing a winner. When creating your design, the title should really be focused on just as much as the rest of the design. If you have a great design but the title doesn't add anything to the overall design it probably won't win. This doesn't mean it has to be really fancy, in fact, in can be rather plain but it must work well with the overall design.
Here is a link to volume 1 of this product line. The contest entry doesn't necessarily have to be similar; in fact, we'd welcome something fresh and new. Symphonic Manoeuvres Volume 1
The design can be created using any graphics program(s) you like, but we would like final delivery in PSD or PNG format, layered, at 300dpi. It will be used as the front cover of the DVD. Dimensions are 5.1" x 7.2" with 0.125" (1/8") bleed. The use of stock photography is acceptable within a reasonable price range. We aren't looking to break the budget on a piece of stock photography but if it works with the overall design we are looking for and the price is right then we are OK with it. If you choose stock photography, feel free to use the preview (watermarked) image in your mockup, and we will overlook it during the contest's duration, then will purchase it if you are the winner of the contest so that the cover can be rendered properly.
The brand is "Big Fish Audio". You can optionally include the logo in a corner of your design, but it's not necessary. (We'll add it ourselves before it goes to print.)