Rules and Regulations of the International Poster Competition for Students of Fine Arts & Design Schools, Colleges and Universities
– Refugees in Europe

Competition holder:

Chlebem i Sola

Under honorary patronage of:

Amnesty International Poland


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1.    Objective:

Europe is facing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Thousands of people are forced to leave their homes and look for safety in foreign countries. Ideas and values crucial to the European Union and international agreements, such as the Geneva Convention and the Lisbon Treaty, oblige all EU member states to provide refugees with asylum and assistance. Nevertheless, many politicians voice their objection towards those moral and legal obligations. Political divisions surface also in European Union’s societies. Hate speech is rampant, as is ever so alive xenophobia and islamophobia. Let’s not be indifferent to spreading fear and ignorance that often leads to aggression and violence.  Let’s take our stand using transnational language of fine arts. A poster is a strong means of stating the idea – let’s use it!

2.    Eligibility:

Competition is open only to students of fine arts and design schools, colleges and universities around Europe. Competition Holders would strongly suggest posters to be prepared with professor’s help and supervision.

3.    Important dates:

Posters should be send as JPG files by February 29th 2016.

Winners will be announced at the beginning of March 2016.

Posters submitted for the Competition will be exhibited between March and June 2016.

Competition Holders stipulate the right to change abovementioned dates. Competition’s participants will be informed about those changes via the website.

4.    Submission requirements:

To be considered eligible, Participant needs to send one’s poster by February 29th 2016 to the following email address:

There should be no more that three JPG files of 300 dpi definition and the size of 1000x707 pixels (both vertical and horizontal layouts will be accepted).

A single file should not be more than 2 MB.

Each file should be named according to the following exemplar:

COUNTRY_CITY_ Abbreviated School’s Name_ Author’s Surname

Submission email should also contain the following information:

  • Author’s full name
  • School’s full name
  • Supervising professor’s full name
  • Author’s phone number

After the jury comes to its decisions, winners will be contacted via phone or email. Once informed about winning, authors will have two weeks to provide files suitable for printing.
(1000 x 707 mm, 300 dpi, CMYK, fonts converted to outlines, bleeds 5 mm, crop marks, PDF or EPS)

If printing files are not provided within the specified two-weeks period or if they do not match the abovementioned criteria, the prize may be withdrawn and awarded to other participant (from the waiting list agreed on by the jury).

5.    Prizes

Ten winning posters will be exhibited in fine arts and design schools around Europe. It is possible that exhibitions will be held in other venues where more diverse audience will be able to admire Participant’s fine work. All exhibition venues will be listed at the website.

6.    Jury

Draginja Nadazdin

Agata Szydlowska

Marjatta Itkonen

Jerzy Skakun

Laze Tripkov

Nicola Bruschi

7.    Criteria of the assessment:

  • Originality
  • Clarity of message
  • Aesthetic value
  • Poster should  be easily understood by citizens of all European countries – we urge participants to use all ethnic-specific languages cautiously

8.    Copyrights

The author of an awarded design is bound to transfer all copyrights regarding the design to Competition Holder in a separate agreement. Competition Holder will not use property copyrights for purposes other than providing refugees with help and assistance. Competition Holder intends to use posters to promote designs awarded in the Competition as well as to promote the Idea the Competition embodies.

9.    Competition Holder’s Responsibilities

a) Competition Holder is not responsible for any harm suffered by Competition Participant due to one’s participation in the Competition and/or being awarded/ not being awarded a prize.

b) Participant will be held fully responsible if one’s application violates Competition Rules & Regulations, other people’s moral or property rights or any provisions of the law.

c) Competition Holder cannot be held responsible for any of the following factors that may affect design’s eligibility: mistakes, omissions, theft, damage, swap, unauthorized access to designs, loss of designs or delay in receiving designs due to factors beyond Competition Holder’s control.

10. Jury’s decision & final provisions

  • Competition Holder provides all abovementioned information in English at the website as well as in other venues to promote the Competition
  • Jury’s decision will be announced at the website and delivered to Participants through phone or email
  • The jury works pro bono
  • Each member of the jury is allowed one vote that cannot be transfer to other jury member
  • Jury’s decision should be unanimous; if unanimity is impossible to be obtained, then the decision will be reached with simple majority
  • Competition Holder reserves the right to display and exhibit designs submitted to the Competition free of charge as well as to use Participant’s personal data for publicity purposes.
  • Competition laureates are bound to deliver printing files specified in paragraph 4.
  • Participation in the Competition is synonymous with accepting Competition’s Rules & Regulations.
  • In all matters not stated in the Rules & Regulations suitable provisions of the law are in effect.
  • All disagreements between Competition Holder and Participants will be resolved in the court of law.
  • By participating in the Competition, the Participant hereby agrees for processing one’s personal data (as defined in the Act of August 29, 1997 on the Protection of Personal Data (Journal of Laws No. 133, item 883).

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