Intl. Reggae Poster Contest Call for Entries

CALL FOR ENTRIES – The Intl. Reggae Poster Contest announces its 7th Call for Entries

After 6 successful annual competitions (2011-2018), the International Reggae Poster Contest is now  biennial. Today, we announce the 7th Call for Entries.


Main theme of the Contest: “Toward a Reggae Hall of Fame: Celebrating Great Jamaican Music”.

This year’s theme is “Reggae Music: Messages from Jamaica to the World”.

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

CALL FOR ENTRIES: The 7th edition of the International Reggae Poster Contest 2020 will open for entries on November 1st, 2019 (12am EST time), and will run until March 1st, 2020 (12am EST time).  No extension will be given. The top 100 posters will be selected by a jury panel comprising international design professionals.

Competition dates are as follows:

Submissions open: November 1, 2019.
Submissions close: March 1, 2020. No extension will be given.
Voting dates: March 15 to April 20, 2020.
Announcement of winners: May 1, 2020

The Jury panel will be announced shortly.


The International Reggae Poster Contest announces its 7th call for entries

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.

ELIGIBILITY: The 7th International Reggae Poster Contest 2020 is open to all graphic designers and artists internationally. Artists/designers are allowed to submit an unlimited number of original poster entries. Posters should not have been published on the Internet or social media etc.

RIGHTS GRANTED: Artists/designers will retain all rights to their original poster art.
The International Reggae Poster Contest shall have the right to reproduce and distribute to third parties a limited edition (fewer than 1500 copies)  of each winning entry in a format of 50cm x 70cm. The International Reggae Poster Contest shall have the right to reproduce and distribute to third parties the posters in the International Reggae Poster Contest catalogue/book in unlimited quantities and also for exhibition proposes.

More information on How to Take Part here:

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. (