The 8th Reggae Poster Contest is open for entries

The International Reggae Poster Contest® was launched in 2011 and received more than 1150 posters created by 678 designers from 80 countries.  In the world of design and the arts, there are many poster competitions. Some focus on music, such as jazz and rock; and others on social awareness. But there is only one competition worldwide on reggae music. Over the last ten years, the contest has become a unique Jamaican cultural medium. We have hosted 7 Competitions, 27 worldwide exhibitions, and have gathered more than 8500 posters from 85 countries. This flowering of creativity confirms that Jamaica has touched the consciousness of the entire world.

The Mission of the contest: Toward a Reggae Hall of Fame – Celebrating Great Jamaican Music

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, as used by the contest, encompasses all the popular Jamaican musical genres: ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, dub, dancehall, and the unique Jamaican Soundsystem.

The theme of this year’s contest: Women in Reggae Music


As we celebrate our 10th anniversary and Jamaica’s 60th year of Independence, the IRPC contest honours women in and of reggae and all other genres of Jamaican popular music.  We wish to highlight the many roles of women in the Jamaican music industry, such as songwriter, singer, DJ, producer, artist manager, tour manager, booking agent, publicist and entertainment journalist.  The outstanding careers of these women have been central to the development and expansion of Jamaica’s greatest cultural export.

We also honour the women whose powerful roles in society as freedom fighter, cultural activist and nurturer are documented in Jamaican music. We are looking for creative visual expressions that evoke this year’s theme, showcasing women with the energy and vibe for which Jamaican culture is known at home and internationally.

We urge you to avoid designing portraits and interpret the theme in other creative ways.

Competition dates are as follows:

  • Submissions open February 1, 2022.
  • Submissions close April 1, 2022. No extension will be given.
  • Voting dates: June 15 to July 31, 2022.
  • Announcement of winners: August 15, 2022

The top 100 posters will be selected by a jury panel of international design professionals.

AWARDS: A set of fonts designed by Parachute type foundry worth 500€. PARACHUTE Typefoundry has been used in international branding campaigns for companies such as Bank of America, European Commission, Emirates, Adidas Group, Nike, and European Football Association. Check them out at  A WACOM Intuos Pro Medium, and a WACOM Intuos M, BT sponsored by Graphic Art News. Miss Pat, My reggae music journey Coffee Table book, DOWN IN JAMAICA box set by VP RECORDS, celebrating their 40th Anniversary and a collection of CD’s by VP Records… And more to be announced soon.



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. (