Posters act as a simple vehicle for communication and have provided a powerful framework for political agendas, War propaganda and the dissemination of public information, alongside being used as tools to sell commercial goods and services for centuries. However outwith their functional existence, they provide a canvas for millions of designers around the world.

This competitions aims to showcase and celebrate contemporary poster design from around the world.

The 200 entries most highly rated by the jury will be exhibited in Scotland’s National Centre for Design & Architecture, The Lighthouse and the top 3 winners will be awarded cash prizes.

Key Dates

18.05.16 – Competition Opens

01.08.16 – Competition Closes – All digital submissions must be received

20.08.16 – Shortlisted participants will be contacted to submit physical posters for exhibition

14.09.16 – All names of shortlisted participants publicised on website

21.10.16 – Winners will be announced at poster exhibition


The brief is open. Submissions may be created specifically for the competition, for a client or as self promotion. A maximum of 3 posters may be entered per participant. The competition is open to both students and professionals. The posters will be judged on their content, concept, and delivery, and value will be placed on design work which:

– Alters perceptions or ways of thinking
– Offers creative solutions to problems
– Contributes to discussion on current affairs
– Opens dialogue and provokes discussion for debate
– Makes innovative use of media or medium


1st Place: £500
2nd Place: £300
3rd Place: £100


Lamm & Kirch
Étienne Hervy
Warriors Studio


Digital Entry: Maximum 5mb

Physical Entry: A1 or equivalent

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