The International Reggae Poster Contest is open for entries until March 1, 2020

The International Reggae Poster Contest announced its 7th call for entries on November 1, 2019. Submissions will be accepted until March 1, 2020. The theme of the 2020 contest is “Reggae Music: Messages from Jamaica to the World.” Designers are invited to submit original reggae poster designs for our 2020 collection. This contest is a search for 100+1 of the most striking reggae posters, expressing the spirit of reggae music and culture. The posters should exemplify the positive messages of Reggae music and our grand vision: “Towards a Reggae Hall of Fame, Celebrating Great Jamaican Music.” The contest also acknowledges the rich legacy of the historic music program at the Alpha Boys’ School in Kingston, Jamaica.

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. One of the reasons this music has spread across the globe is because reggae speaks to our heart and our mind about a wide range of social and political issues. For the IRPC, Reggae is an umbrella term, signifying all the genres of Jamaican popular music: Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and the unique Jamaican Sound System. Please feel free to design with reference to any of these.

Entries should be completed and uploaded by March 1, 2020, 12:01 am EST time.
NO EXTENSION will be given.

Participants may submit their entries, starting now,
at our website:

For this 7th contest, we would like entries to focus on the messages that reggae and all the other genres of Jamaican popular music are spreading globally. We are looking for creative visual expressions that capture the energy and the vibe of Jamaican culture, at home and internationally.

The winners will receive a trip to Rototom Sunsplash European Reggae Festival (grand winner), a cover feature and exclusive interview of the grand winner in the IRIE Magazine, the new Down in Jamaica box-set by VP Records, a package of fonts, worth €500, from PARACHUTE Typefoundry, an exclusive handmade wood product from Alpha Institute woodshop made by its students, Wacom Intuos and many more.
For more details visit the website:

Reggae Poster Contest awards

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. (