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International Poster Competition 2017
The International Poster Competition 2017 is now closed.
You can purchase a copy of 2017’s International Poster Book: http:/gdfs.uk/shop
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.
6’56” Jurgen Maelfeyt, Jonas Temmerman
Ahn Seyong (Ordinary People)
Anna Hrabalová, Nela Klímová
Anna Luise Bräuer and Anne Dietzsch
Any Studio – Max Edelberg & Jakob Kornelli
Balmer Hählen (Priscilla Balmer & Yvo Hählen)
Bureau Legasthenie & Tourette (Moritz Schottmüller, Shuaitong Zong)
Christian Nicolaus & Felix Bareis
Darius Ou,Sebastian Zimmerhackl
Donghwan Kim, Taewan Kim, Daeun Kim, Ui gyeong Kim
Elisa Chieruzzi and Giovanni Murolo
Florian Mecklenburg / Goys&Birls
Hammer (David Schatz & Sereina Rothenberger)
Helmo (Thomas Couderc & Clément Vauchez)
Hi – Megi Zumstein & Claudio Barandun
Hwang Jung Ah
Jan and Randoald
Jan van der Kleijn
Jennifer Sunier + Samuel Perroud + Océan Bussard
John Yu Huiqing
Jonathan Castro Alejos
Jordy van den Nieuwendijk
Jürgen X. Albrecht & Raphael Mathias
Majada Daria Ramadan
Mark Bohle & Steffen Knoll
Mathias Reynoird & Anna Chevance (Atelier Tout Va Bien)
Mathieu Serruys & Joris Verdoodt
Nedelka & Báchor
Raffael Kormann & Mark Bohle
Roland Zenger / Basil Linder
Sebastian Bareis & Felix Bareis
Studio Claus Due
Team Belgische Vlag – Gladys Dumez, Robbert Liekens and Mayke Vandenweyer
Tim Badoux, Gilles de Brock, Mike Kokken
üö – visuelle Kommunikation, Steffen Knöll , Antonia Terhedebrügge
Xavier Erni, Thuy-An Hoang
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.
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.
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
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!