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Graphic Design Festival Scotland, 20-26 October, 2017

GDFS, 20-26 Oct, 2017


International Poster Competition

£900 prize money. Free to enter. What's not to like?

International Poster Competition 2017

The International Poster Competition 2017 is now closed.

You can purchase a copy of 2017’s International Poster Book: http:/

The three submissions most highly rated by the jury will be awarded cash prizes.

A curated selection of submitted posters will be exhibited in Scotland’s National Centre for Design & Architecture, The Lighthouse between the 20th October – 25th November 2017.

Thank you to Mohawk for sponsoring this year’s prize money.

2017 International Poster Exhibition

The 2017 International Poster Competition is now closed and the final 140 posters have been chosen for the International Poster Exhibition.

We would like to thank everybody who entered and our judges, Jamie McIntyre, Koos Breen, Jaemin Lee and Warriors Studio. A huge congratulations to each one of you on the exhibition list, with 6095 entries from 82 countries, this is a fantastic achievement! The 3 winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd place) will be announced at the exhibition opening and Launch Night on the 20th October.

The posters will be exhibited from GDFS’ Launch Night on 2oth October until 25th November 2017. The exhibition is free to attend and will be open from 10.30am-5pm Monday–Sunday.


2017 Exhibition List

The following entrants have been selected to show their submitted posters at GDFS International Poster Exhibition in Scotland’s National Centre for Design and Architecture, The Lighthouse.

Congratulations to:

6’56” Jurgen Maelfeyt, Jonas Temmerman

Ahn Seyong (Ordinary People)

Al White

Anna Hrabalová, Nela Klímová

Anna Luise Bräuer and Anne Dietzsch

Any Studio – Max Edelberg & Jakob Kornelli

Aurelia Peter

Axel Pelletanche

Balmer Hählen (Priscilla Balmer & Yvo Hählen)

Baptiste Bernazeau

Benjamin Wurster

Bian Yiyi

Bilal Sebei

Boris Meister

Braulio Amado

Bureau Collective

Bureau Legasthenie & Tourette (Moritz Schottmüller, Shuaitong Zong)

César Debargue

Chloe Scheffe

Chris Harnan

Christian Nicolaus & Felix Bareis

Christophe Gaudard

Daan Rietbergen

Darius Ou,Sebastian Zimmerhackl

Dayna Casey

Denis Roueche

Denis Yilmaz

Donghwan Kim, Taewan Kim, Daeun Kim, Ui gyeong Kim

Edan Esinly

Elisa Chieruzzi and Giovanni Murolo

Erich Brechbühl

Erik Winterburn

Esh Gruppa

Felix Bareis

Florian Lamm

Florian Mecklenburg / Goys&Birls

Formes Vives

Franci Virgili

Frankie Sharman

Furqan Jawed

Hammer (David Schatz & Sereina Rothenberger)

Helmo (Thomas Couderc & Clément Vauchez)

Hi – Megi Zumstein & Claudio Barandun

Hwang Jung Ah

Hyunsun You

Ines Cox

Jake Gilbert

Jan and Randoald

Jan van der Kleijn

Jean-Philippe Bretin

Jennifer Sunier + Samuel Perroud + Océan Bussard

Jeremy Jansen

Jiri Mocek

John Yu Huiqing

Jonathan Castro Alejos

Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

Julio Rölle

Jürgen X. Albrecht & Raphael Mathias

Kristýna Kulíková

Lorenzo Toso

Luís Veiga

Majada Daria Ramadan

Marek Nedelka

Mark Bohle

Mark Bohle & Steffen Knoll


Martin Vácha

Mateo Broillet

Mathias Reynoird & Anna Chevance (Atelier Tout Va Bien)

Mathieu Serruys & Joris Verdoodt

Maximilian Schachtner


Moritz Tibes

Nam Huynh

Nedelka & Báchor

Parallel Practice

Paul Bergès

Pierre Vanni

Pouya Ahmadi

Raffael Kormann & Mark Bohle

Ricardo Báez

Richard Niessen

Robert Radziejewski

Robin Smits

Roland Zenger / Basil Linder

Ruohan Wang

Sarah Kral

Sebastian Bareis & Felix Bareis

Seunghyun Lee

Shinwoo Park

Spassky Fischer

Steffen Knoell

Studio Claus Due

Studio Mut

Team Belgische Vlag – Gladys Dumez, Robbert Liekens and Mayke Vandenweyer

Team Thursday

Tereza Ruller

Tim Badoux, Gilles de Brock, Mike Kokken

Tim Lindacher

Timm Hartmann

Ting-Hua Huang

Tom Biddulph

Uku-Kristjan Küttis

üö – visuelle Kommunikation, Steffen Knöll , Antonia Terhedebrügge

Vincent Ludwig

Vitor Carvalho


Wittmann Kilian

Xavier Erni, Thuy-An Hoang

Youngwook Nam

Zhang lvyan

Zhongkai Li


Supported by


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 three posters, most highly regarded by the jury, will be awarded cash prizes.

A curated selection of entries will also be exhibited in Scotland’s National Centre for Design & Architecture, The Lighthouse between the 20th October – 25th November 2017.

Key Dates

Competition Opens

Competition Closes – All digital submissions must be received by midnight.

Stage 1: Participants being considered for the exhibition will be contacted to submit physical posters for second round of judging

Stage 2: All names of shortlisted participants who will feature in the exhibition will be publicised here. Due to the large volume of entries, this date has been extended from the 21.09.17 to the 25.09.17.

Competition winners will be announced at the exhibition opening. We hope to see you there!


1. You submit your poster(s) digitally
2. Digital submissions reviewed by Jury
3. GDFS request physical posters to be considered for final exhibition
4. Jury curate final posters for exhibition
5. Authors of posters included in final exhibition announced
6. Posters most highly rated by jury will be exhibited in GDFS International Poster Exhibition and printed in the International Poster Book.


1st Place: £500

2nd Place: £300

3rd Place: £100

Thank you to Mohawk Fine Papers for sponsoring this year’s prize money. Mohawk also kindly provide the paper for the poster book.

Submission Format

Digital Entry
File type: .jpg
Dimensions: Native size of poster (A1 preferred) however any size is good, so long as we can see the content and details of the poster clearly.
File size: Under 5mb

Physical Entry
The preferred format is A1, however, we accept any shape or size of poster.


– 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


Can a series of posters be submitted as one submission?
Yes. If submitting a series, please combine the series together within one digital image for the first stage of submission.

What dimensions should my digital file for submission be?
Ideally A1 but any size is suitable at the first stage of submission, so long as we can see the content and details clearly and it’s under 5mb.

Can I submit animated posters?
Yes, we will be displaying animated posters on screens within the exhibitions.

Can my submission be self-initiated work?

What year should my posters have been designed?
Preference will be given for posters created within the last 3 years of the competition you are entering.

I entered a poster last year but it was unsuccessful, can I re-enter it this year?
No. Unfortunately not.

Does my poster have to be printed on paper?
If you are selected for Stage 1 of the judging process, a physical poster must be sent, however it can be printed on whatever material you wish, pprovided you are able to post it. We have received posters on silk, cotton, wood and PVC Plastic!