Poster Design for Rainwater Harvesting


The Raindrops Geneva Award is an art competition organised by the IRHA to promote Rainwater Harvesting and to increase public awareness on the importance of this topic. For the fourth edition of this competition we looked for posters that illustrate the uses and/or benefits of rainwater harvesting.
The selection process was conducted as follows:

IRHA congratulates the following three winners:

1st Prize (1’000 CHF): Kateryna Korniienko-Heidtman for “Rainwater Use for Life”
2nd Prize (600 CHF): Eva Kay Norrington for “Smallest of Gestures”
3rd Prize (400 CHF): Jason Holmes for “0.3%”.


1st Prize: Kateryna Korniienko-Heidtman

1st Prize-Kateryna Korniienko


2nd Prize: Eva Kay Norrington

2rd Prize-Eva Kay Norrington


3rd Jason Holmes

3rd Prize-Jason Holmes

All posters were saved anonymously* into one file. Out of all posters, 125 posters were preselected, using the above mentioned criteria. Any posters not matching the requirements stated in the Rules of the Competition were automatically excluded. The Jury discussed the remaining 125 posters: the jury reviewed the posters left in the competition and were able to reduce this figure by selecting those that stood out round after round. After long hours of debate, the overall number of 750 posters was reduced to just 15. It was decided that all 15 posters would be printed and presented at the Raindrops Geneva Awards 2013 Exhibition that will be held for a week on 21st March 2014 in the World Famous Courtyard of the Geneva Town Hall, with the support of the Republique et Canton de Genève.
Selection of the three winning posters: A handful of posters clearly stood out and were voted on by the members of the jury. Each member of
the jury was allowed three votes. The winning posters were those that received the majority of votes.

The authors of the 13 posters shortlisted for the exhibition also deserve a huge congratulation:

Nelu Wolfensohn for “Rain Drops, Life Drops”

Francesca Reinero for “Rainwater is a free asset, use it”
Francesca Reinero

Anna Zima for “Life in every Drop”
Anna Zima

Pash Bolshakov for “The Perspective”
Pash Bolshakov

Seyyed Mehdi Mousavi for “Efficiency”
Seyyed Mehdi Mousavi

David Walton for “Raindrops”
David Walton

Charlie O’Connell for “Rainwater Harvesting can turn your Life Around”

Mikolaj Dobrucki for “Lower Price – Better Quality”
Mikolaj Dobrucki

Svetlana Tarasova for “Save Rainwater for your Washer”
Svetlana Tarasova

Tanya Krendel for “Raindrops create the Life Around Us”
Tanya Krendel

Zuzanna Chanska for “Water your Life with Rain”
Zuzanna Chanska

Marc Baker for “Baker_01”
Marc Baker

Check out more at the photo gallery


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. (


  • Dr.yogesh Kothari says:

    Maria,good Morning.Posters are wonderful as well as useful as creative teaching material.congrats.

  • sabina oberholzer says:

    tanks maria and all was partecipating to this social poster… great, in march in ginevra, i hope to be able to go to see them personally, may be to the opening! my congratulations to all of you, important is to do and share with friends to get a better conshius an a better world!

    • GRaphicART says:

      Thanks Sabina. Wish you to be there and enjoy them! Seeing them alive is a totally different experience!
      All the best!

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