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The International Poster Competition is a joint project of Yad Vashem and The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme and endorsed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. It is open to all organizations who wish to participate around the world.  

Students of Art and Design from participating countries are invited to submit original posters on the theme "Keeping The Memory Alive - Our Shared Responsibility” in keeping with the designated theme of the The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme in 2018. A committee of international judges, comprising experts in both design and in Holocaust Education, will be appointed to select the best posters out of all those submitted.

The 12 highest ranking posters will enjoy high-profile display around the world. Prizes will be awarded for winning designs and the posters will be exhibited extensively, reaching thousands of people in dozens of countries.

Competition Dates:

August 2017 - Launch of Subsite and Competition

9 October 2017 – Closing Date for Submission of Entries

15 October 2017 - First Round of Judging, semi-finalists submitted to Yad Vashem

10 November 2017 –  12 highest ranking posters chosen by International Panel, winners of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes announced

December 2017 - Posters printed and distributed worldwide

27 January 2018 - Exhibition of posters opens in United Nations Headquarters, UNICs, Yad Vashem, partner organizations, IHRA countries

Organizational Responsibilities:

Participating organizations agree to undertake the necessary responsibilities.

Coordinating UNICs or local level organisers should appoint a panel of 3 judges for the first round of local competition. It is recommended that at least one judge be an expert in design and at least one judge an expert or educator on the Holocaust.

Yad Vashem, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme and other sponsoring partners are responsible for appointing 3 judges to the international judging panel. It is recommended that at least one judge be an expert in design and at least one judge an expert on the Holocaust.

Each organization is financially responsible for costs incurred in the running of the competition which are not covered by the budget.


The International Poster Competition is open to students and graduates of Graphics, Art and Design. Entrants must be over age 18.  

Entrants are encouraged to explore the resources on the sub-site created by Yad Vashem to create a poster for the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust . 

Poster Creation:

 Designs deemed by the local judges as offensive will be disqualified outright.

Submission of the first round: Posters for first round of judging at the local level should be forwarded to United Nations Information Centres (UNICs) or local contest organizer.

Submission of semi-finalist posters : UNICs or local organisers should submit up to 20 of the best designs to Yad Vashem for final judjing by the international panel of judges. Email to international.poster@yadvashem.org.il specifying “International Poster Competition 2017” in the Subject Box. The email should incorporate the 100-word description, and the full name, nationality and email address of the entrant.

Competition Prizes:

The final judging of the top 12 designs will take place in November 2017

The Judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
The designers of the 12 top-ranked posters will be notified of their win by 10 November 2017.

Participation in the competition denotes permission to the project managers to use and publicize the posters for educational and public use after the competition ends. The artists will not receive payment for this use. The 12 winning posters become the property of the project, and will be displayed extensively from 27 January 2018 (The International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust). Posters will be copied and re-distributed at the project organizers' discretion. The 12 winning posters will be affixed with the names and countries of the designers, logos of all participating organizations and sponsors. A lesson plan will be created based on the top 3 designs by Yad Vashem.

While designers may be invited to attend the launches both nationally and internationally, transportation costs will not be covered. If the prizewinners do not provide adequate bank details to the participating organizations, they cannot receive their prizes.


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