Welcome to the United Nations. It's your world.


IHRA International Poster Competition 2012 – 2014

The International Poster Competition is a joint project of the the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), and Yad Vashem, in cooperation with the London Jewish Cultural Centre, United Kingdom and the European Shoah Legacy Institute in the Czech Republic, as well as in partnership with the 2014 Canadian Chairmanship of the IHRA, the Holocaust and United Nations Outreach Programme, and other partners in additional countries around the world.

Students of art and design from participating countries will be invited to submit original posters on the theme “Keeping the Memory Alive – Journeys through the Holocaust” in keeping with the 2014 designated theme of the United Nations Holocaust and Outreach Programme. 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.


10 March 2013 – Opening date for submission of entries
30 April 2013 – Closing date for submission of entries
May 2013 – First round of judging to take place in partner countries
31 May 2013 – Participants that make it through to the final round of judging to be notified via email.
June 2013 – 12 highest ranking posters chosen, winners of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes announced
30 June 2013 – notification to be sent to 12 finalists
27 January 2014 – exhibition of posters opens in partner countries, IHRA countries and at the United Nations.

Organizational Responsibilities

Participating organizations are responsible for appointing local judges and it is recommended that at least one judge be an expert in design and one an expert on the Holocaust. The panel will be responsible for picking up to 20 best posters from their respective country and submitting them to the international judging panel by 31 May 2013. Each organization is responsible for the costs incurred in running the competition.


The contest is not intended for general high-school participation but rather STUDENTS OF DESIGN and/or ART. UNICs, UNISs and UNOs must organize a day seminar or briefing on the Holocaust for candidates. Please refer to resources listed on the UNHOP website: https://www.un.org/en/holocaustremembrance

Poster Creation

Theme – the designated theme for the 2012-2014 competition is “Keeping the Memory Alive – Journeys through the Holocaust”.

Size – Competitors must create a design for a 50cm by 70cm poster with a minimum DPI (resolution) of 300. A minimized electronic copy in A4 size (paper size) with DPI 72 must be submitted by the closing date.

Authenticity – All submissions must be original work of the artist.

Quantity – Only one poster is permitted per entry. Multiple poster sets are not permitted. Competitors may submit more than one design.

Description – Competitors are asked to submit an accompanying short description in English in 100 words or less for each entry. The description should explain the motivation behind the design. If any language is used in the design it should be in English.

Appropriateness – Any design deemed offensive will be eliminated by the local judges.


 Address for Submissions

Local organizers should email the designs of the top 20 posters to international.poster@yadvashem.org.il specifying “ITF International Poster Competition 2014” in the Subject Box.

If sent by mail, please note that there can be delays. Send to the following address to arrive BEFORE end MAY:

ITF Poster Competition 2012-2014
International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem
P.O.B. 3477 Jerusalem 91034


Prizes will be awarded to the top three designs chosen by the judges of the ITF poster competition as follows:

1st place – 500 Euros
2nd place- 300 Euros
3rd place – 200 Euros

Designers of the 12 top-ranked posters will be notified by their win by 30 June 2013.

Participation in the competition denotes permission to use and publicize the posters for educational and public use after the competition closes. Artists will not receive payment for this, but will receive credit. Please note that there will be no financial reward or compensation for the participation from the United Nations.

The 12 winning posters will become the property of the project and will be displayed extensively across the participating ITF countries, affiliates and at the United Nations from 27 January 2014 (International Holocaust Memorial Day).

Designers may be invited to attend the launches but transportation costs will not be covered.