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International Poster Competition

2019

The 2019 International Poster Competition is now open for entry.
This competition aims to showcase and celebrate contemporary poster design from around the world.

How the competition works

  1. The highly-rated entries will be chosen for the International Poster Exhibition and included in the International Poster Book.
  2. From the highly-rated entries, 1st, 2nd, and 3d place will be awarded by the international jury.
  3. The highly-rated entries will be promoted during GDFS, via social media and online to over 100,000 active followers and viewers.

Guidelines

Please read the guidelines below before submitting an entry.

– The brief is open. Submissions may be created specifically for the competition, for a client or as self-promotion.
– A maximum of 6 posters may be entered per participant.
– The competition is open to both students and professionals.
– Content submitted on the poster entry form must be accurate and include all designers involved. The content submitted in the entry form will be used for the International Poster Exhibition and International Poster Book. This content may not be possible to change.
– Moving and animated posters are accepted and celebrated.
– The entry must have been created in 2018-2019.
– 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

Key Dates

06.10.19
Competition Closes – all digital submissions must be received by midnight.

TBC Date (Jury still in discussion)
Successful participants who will be included in the International Poster Exhibition and International Poster Book will be contacted.

TBC Date (Jury still in discussion)
All names of successful participants who will be included in the International Poster Exhibition and International Poster Book will be publicised here.

TBC Date
Competition winners will be announced at the opening of the International Poster Exhibition.

Background

The International Poster competition launched in 2014 and has received 22,000+ poster entries from 100+ Countries (x5 competitions 2014-2018).

Over 37,000 people have attended International Poster Exhibitions (x5 exhibitions 2014-2018).

5x International Poster Catalogues and Book have been published as a result of the competition and exhibition and these can be found in the GDFS shop.

Prizes

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

Additionally:
The highly rated entries will be chosen for the International Poster Exhibition, included in the International Poster Book and will be promoted during GDFS, via social media and online to over 100,000 active followers and viewers.

FAQs

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 file type should my digital submission be?
JPG or PNG under 5mb. If your poster is animated this can be in your preferred format.

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.

Can my submission be self-initiated work?
Yes.

What year should my posters have been designed?
Within 1 year of competition opening if preferred. Posters must be 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 may be requested, however it can be printed on whatever material you wish, provided you are able to post it. We have received posters on silk, cotton, wood and PVC Plastic!

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.

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