Finalists Posters of the First International Reggae Poster Contest!

Theme: Toward a Reggae Hall of Fame: Celebrating Great Jamaican Music.

The 2012 First International Reggae Poster Contest (RPC) began in December 27, 2011 with the goal of discovering fresh Reggae Poster designs from around the world. Interest in the contest grew significantly over the 4-month run with a total of 1,142 submissions from 80 countries. The contest winners were chosen from 370 finalists by a distinguished panel of judges known for their creativity and commitment to design including: Luba Lukova (USA), Andrew Lewis (Canada), and Yossi Lemel (Israel).

Thoroughly impressed with the outcome of the competition, the RPC organizers are excited to announce that the international jury committee has selected the three finalist and the 100 best posters.

The winners are:

1st Place: Alon Braier, of Israel, for his “Roots Of Dub” poster
2nd Place: Zafer Lehimler, of Turkey, for his “Reggae Star” poster
3rd Place: Rosario Nocera, of Italy, for his “Riddim is Freedom” design


1 – Alon Braier – Israel


2 – zafer lehimler – Turkey


3 – Rosario Nocera – Italy


The winning designs for the First International Reggae Poster Contest will be featured on the RPC website. For additional information and to view the full 100 best posters, please visit:

The objective of the First International Reggae Poster Competition is to enhance awareness of Reggae music and celebrate its positive impact on the world. The term Reggae encompasses all the popular Jamaican musical genres including; Ska, Rocksteady, Roots Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and the unique Jamaican Soundsystem.

The 100 best posters submitted offer a glimpse into how the world views the positive energy of Reggae. The contest organizers and partners are pleased by the responses from several participating countries including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Côte d’Ivoire, China, Estonia, Israel, India, Russia, Malta, Pakistan, Jamaica, Vietnam, Turkey, Libya, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines. The diverse entries are a powerful testament to the global reach and love for Reggae music.

This vision is intended to encapsulate all the achievements of Reggae in a contemporary iconic architecture.  More than a contest, this event is a platform to share our mission with the world and a vehicle toward realizing the establishment of the Reggae Hall of Fame in Kingston, Jamaica.  The Reggae Hall of Fame will be a monument to the achievements of Jamaica’s popular music and culture, and the world’s first museum of such magnitude to celebrate the living heritage of Reggae music.

Funds will also be used to support the amazing work of a historic and wonderful Jamaican institution, the Alpha Boys’ School. The Alpha Boys’ School is a jewel in the center of Kingston, which shines all over Jamaica through the music of its graduates.  The school has had decades of success helping young Jamaicans become talented, and even world-renowned, musicians. Without this amazing institution and its successful music program, styles like Ska, Rocksteady, Dub and Roots Reggae music may not have been invented.


4 – Tomasz Bartz – Poland


5 – Taj Francis – Jamaica


6 – Jorge-Dávalos-Cordova – Bolivia


7 – Blaine Levy – US


8 – Matt Vearncombe – UK


9 – Tomasz Bartz – Poland


10 – Dimitris Evagelou – Greece


11 – Gonzalo Gómez Gaggero – Uruguay


12 – Sergio Ortiz Aguilar – Mexico


13 – Giacomo Viviani – Italy


14 – Miguel Cachia – Malta


15 – EdicsonJose Nieto Baez A.K.A. Mr. Magenta – Spain


16 – Alejandro Franseschini – Canada


17 – Daniele Ascione – Italy


18 – Dane Kemper – South Africa


19 – Gamma Jam Jam – Mexico


20 – Mary Wagner – US


21 – Sonia and Gabriel Díaz and Martinez – Spain


22 – Yura Nikolaev – Russia


23 – Vilmas Narecionis – Lithuania


24 – EuiJong Lee – SouthKorea


25 – Michael Clarke – UK


26 – Jonathan Vizcuña – US


27 – ONUR AŞKIN – Turkey


28 – Katie McClure – US


29 – Krzysztof Grudzinski – Poland


30 – Andrea Caligiuri – Italy

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. (


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