World-A-Reggae Poster Exhibition | The International Reggae Poster Contest shares The Visual Art of Jamaica’s Global Impact in Washington D.C.


Jamaican bred and globally embraced, Reggae not only resonates with music lovers, but visual artists around the world. Reviewing over 2,000 submissions from more than 90 countries, International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) has curated the finest poster art inspired by the genre. Live Unchained is partnering with the Embassy of Jamaica to bring the World-A-Reggae exhibition and silent auction of International Reggae Poster Contest, 2013 top posters to Washington, D.C. All proceeds from the event and the silent auction will be offered to Alpha Boys’ School – without this historic school, Reggae may never have existed.

Exhibition Opening : November 14th.
Date: 14-29 November

Embassy of Jamaica
1520 New Hampshire Ave NW. Washington, D.C.


The Second International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) was announced on 27 December 2012, with the goal of generating fresh Reggae poster designs from around the world. Interest in the contest grew significantly, closing at the end of March with a total of 1,100 submissions from 722 designers representing 78 countries. The contest winners were chosen from 363 finalists by a distinguished panel of judges known for their creativity and commitment to design.

Thoroughly impressed with the outcome of the competition, the IRPC organizers (Michael Thompson ( and Maria Papaefstathiou ( are very pleased to announce the finalists, and the 100 best posters.

The winners are:
1st Place: Balazs Pakozdi (United Kingdom)
2nd Place: Andrew Cachia (Malta)
3rd Place: Lenin Baru Vásquez Felipe (Mexico)

The contest organizers and partners are pleased by the responses from so many participating countries, and while you can see the complete list elsewhere, we would like to mention a few here: Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Algeria, Brazil, Botswana, China, Ecuador, India, Iran, Jamaica, Malta, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.


The Committee plans to generate funds to help support the amazing work of a historic Jamaican institution: the Alpha Boys’ School. The school is a jewel in the center of Kingston, and shines its light and its love all over Jamaica through the music of its graduates. The school has had decades of success helping young Jamaicans nurture their talent, many to become world-renowned musicians. Without this amazing institution and its successful music program, styles like Ska, Rock Steady, Dub and Roots Reggae music may not have been invented. For this reason, members of the jury panel or friends of the contest and the organizers, designed and contributed posters to be auctioned. Last year, in the 2012, the contest held two auctions. Last year, through two auctions –one organized by the National Gallery of Jamaica and the other at Chris Blackwell’s Straweberry Hill property– the IRPC raised more than half a million Jamaican dollars for Alpha Boys’ School.

Here you can see some of the submitted posters of 2013, amazing works of art from around the world! In those two years that the contest runs, has accepted 48 contributions. View more posters and the winners at


Michael Thompson, Jamaica (Founder)

Maria Papaefstathiou, Greece (co-founder)

Charis Tsevis, Greece (jury member)

Dane Thompson, USA (friend of the contest)

Frank Arbelo, Cuba (jury member)

Roy Villalobos, USA (jury member)

Tomoko Miyagawa, Japan (jury member)

Elmer Sosa, Cuba (jury member)

John Moore, Venezuela (jury member)

Juan Carlos Darias, Venezuela (jury member)

Kathiana Cardona, Venezuela (jury member)


Richard Doubleday, USA (jury member)

Saleh Zanganeh, Iran (friend of the contest)


Suzana Machicao, Bolivia (jury member)

Yossi Lemel, Israel (jury member)

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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