Call for Entries | 5th International Reggae Poster Contest, 2016

The 5th International Reggae Poster Contest, 2016
Theme: Toward a Reggae Hall of Fame: Celebrating Great Jamaican Music.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: The 5th edition of the International Reggae Poster Contest 2016 will open for entries on November 1st (12am EST time), and will run until January, 31st, 2017 (12am EST time). The 100 best posters will be selected by a jury panel comprising of design professionals and will be exhibited in our Art of Reggae exhibitions around the world. The Art of Reggae Exhibitions are curated and presented as a platform to share the vision for a Reggae Hall of Fame Museum for Kingston, Jamaica.

OBJECTIVE: The objective of the International Reggae Poster Contest is to build awareness for positive Reggae music and to celebrate the global achievements of Reggae and its impact on the world. The term Reggae used by the contest encompasses all the popular Jamaican musical genres; Ska, Rocksteady, Roots Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and the unique Jamaican Soundsystem. We are looking for your talent and creative visual expressions and we are very excited to see what designers can come up with in their original poster designs that will capture the energy and the vibe of Reggae Music. The goal is simple: Create a poster about Reggae Music – the rest is up to your imagination. Feel free to explore themes of Reggae covering any one of the genres; Ska, Rocksteady, Roots Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and the unique Jamaican Soundsystem. Also explores do capture the many musical pioneers, singers, producers, institutionsthat help establish the music globally. Good luck!

ELIGIBILITY: The 5th International Reggae Poster Contest 2016 is open to all graphic designers and artists internationally. Artists/Designers are allowed to submit any number of original poster Entries. Posters should not have been published in internet, social medias etc.


Meet the Jury Panel :
Andrew Lewis, CANADA • Charis Tsevis, GREECE • Elizabeth Resnick, USA • Elmer Sosa, MEXICO • Eric Francis Eshun, GHANA • Frank Arbelo, CUBA • John Moore, VENEZUELA • Jon Daniel, UK • Kathiana Cardona OpArt, VENEZUELA • Li Xu, CHINA • Luba Lucova, USA • Mirko Ilic, USA • Ola Kot, POLAND • Pamela Campagna, ITALY • Propaganda, GREECE • Richard B. Doubleday, USA • Rob Snow, UK • Rory Taylor, UK • Roy Villalobos, USA • Sergio Olivotti, ITALY • Susan Lee Quee, JAMAICA • Suzana Machicao, BOLIVIA • Shangning Wang, CHINA • Tomoko Miyagawa, JAPAN • Wu Zhonghao, CHINA • Yossi Lemel, ISRAEL.


Check Out the 2015 winners here:
and all previous years on the website (under the Gallery tab):


The International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) is an initiative designed to celebrate positive international reggae culture. The contest highlights the globalization of reggae and the resounding impact of its message. The contest was founded by Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou in 2011. The umbrella term “reggae,” as used by the organizers of the International Reggae Poster Contest, encompasses all the popular Jamaican musical genres: Ska, Rocksteady, Roots Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and the unique Jamaican Sound System.

The primary reason for organizing the poster contest is to construct an international platform to showcase a far-reaching vision: the erection of a world-class Reggae Hall of Fame museum and performance center in Kingston, Jamaica that celebrates the voice, vision and vocabulary of Jamaican popular music. The ideal architect for this grand enterprise is Frank Gehry, a name synonymous with inspiring architectural design that stimulates urban transformation. The International Reggae Poster Contest is the start of a global campaign that takes advantage of the powerful tools of social media and creative expressions through the medium of the visual arts.

The other important objective of the IRPC is to help raise awareness of the Alpha Boys’ School, a vocational institution for underprivileged youths, located in the heart of Kingston and founded in 1880 by the Sisters of Mercy. This school is a great Jamaican success story, producing some of the most notable legends in the history of Reggae, including Don Drummond of the Skatalites, the singer Desmond Dekker and Yellowman, one of Dancehall’s first superstars. We think this remarkable institution should be celebrated and replicated. Without this fertile training ground, we might not have seen the flourishing of the global music we call Reggae.

Every year, we make a special appeal to all our IRPC supporters and friends to continue their support for the historic Alpha Boy’s School, by spreading awareness and continuing to give to the school. The Alpha boys need your support: clothing, money, musical instruments, educational materials, whatever you can offer. Please visit the website and find out how to contribute and make a difference:



Announcing the dates for Reggae Poster Contest2016

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. (