Break Down the Walls! 5th International Poster Contest by Graphic Stories Cyprus

Graphic Stories Cyprus invites all the creative people to take part in the international poster contest titled “Break down the walls” and to see their work printed, by creating their own postal card. The international contest is part of the 7th Conference on Graphic Design and Visual Communication in Cyprus that will take place between 19-21 of March 2021.

Without consideration, without pity, without shame
they have built great and high walls around me.
And now I sit here and despair.
I think of nothing else: this fate gnaws at my mind;
for I had many things to do outside.
Ah, why did I not pay attention when they were building the walls.
But I never heard any noise or sound of builders.
Imperceptibly they shut me from the outside world.

Constantine P. Cavafy [1863 – 1933]

The Creative Idea

“Break Down the Walls”

Today, more than ever, people feel trapped in a series of limitations that have been imposed on them without realizing when, how and why. Social exclusion, marginalization and all kinds of restrictions and discrimination for racial, political, socio-economic, religious, national, sexual orientation, cultural, disability, age, professional and other reasons put obstacles in the way of human freedom and self-disposition. These are the walls that, according to the poet Constantine Cavafy, imprison and trap every human being. The freedom we thought we had in our lives is no longer a given. The participants in the competition are invited to visualize their thoughts, ideas and concerns regarding the theme of the competition which is: “Break down the walls”. The posters they create should highlight the fact that human freedom is not a given and highlight that in order to achieve freedom we must fight and break down the walls that rise around us. Break the barriers, raise your voice, break down the walls!


  1. International Distinction for Professional Visual Communication Designers.
    Prize for the 1st winner: Parachute font package
    Sponsor: Parachute Typefoundry
  2. International Distinction for Higher Education Students [University or College] of Visual Communication.
    Prize for the 1st winner: Parachute font package
    Sponsor: Parachute Typefoundry
  3. Cyprus Distinction for Higher Education Students [University or College] of Visual Communication.
    Prize for the 1st winner: 30% Scholarship for the MA in Interdisciplinary Design
    Sponsor: Frederick University
  4. Cyprus Distinction for High School and Technical School students.
    Prize for the 1st winner: 30% Scholarship for the BA undergraduate program in Graphic and Advertising Design
    Sponsor: Frederick UniversityPrizes worth a total of €7000!

Each contestant has the right to submit up to two [2] posters.

Deadline: 15th of November 2020.

More info:



Panos Vassiliou [GR]

Founder of Parachute Fonts, Type Designer
Dr. Jesús Del Hoyo Arjona [SPAIN]
Dean Emeritus of the Official Graphic Designers’ Association of Catalonia
Dr. Arafat Al-Naim [UAE]
BFA, MFA, PhD in Graphic Arts and MST in Art Teaching
Ioannis Fetanis [GR]
Graphic Designer
Jose Luis Hernandez “Chepe” [MEXICO]
Graphic Designer
Zoe Katsigianni [GR]
Infographic Designer
Panos Kostantopoulos [GR]
Infographic Designer
Vassia Kalozoumi [GR]
Founder & Graphic Designer at Corn Studio
Andreas Xenulis [GR]
Creative Director / Visual Marketer
Chao Yang [CHINA]
Assosiate Professor at Communication University of Zhejiang 

The best 50 posters will be exhibited at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and the inauguration will take place on the 19th of March 2021, after the end of the Conferences’ lectures.


Sponsored by: Frederick University & Parachute Typefoundry

Collaboration with: Col·legi Oficial de Disseny Gràfic de Catalunya Barcelona-SPAIN, WGD, RINC, GR Design


Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (