Enter the ICAW 2023 Poster Contest Below

Deadline to enter is November 1st by midnight (ET)

Please read the Poster Contest Rules before submitting your application form with your poster design. Entries will be eliminated if requirements are not followed exactly. Please read the rules carefully before you enter and make sure your poster has everything it needs. It’s very important that you have only on the poster the theme, name of the program and the dates.

Each year, the International Compost Awareness Week Committee holds a poster contest to pick a new design for the annual poster. There is a new theme for ICAW, which is highlighted on the poster as well as the dates for ICAW, which will be May 7 – 13, 2023. The contest is open to anyone in the world age 14 or older.

The 2023 International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) theme is truly a collaborative and international effort. This year, we teamed up with the International Compost Alliance (ICA) to select: For Healthier Soil, Healthier Food…Compost! The theme was chosen based on a serious world-wide issue that every nation, unfortunately, experiences: hunger.

One of the initiatives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), is Zero Hunger: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. As part of the ICAW committee’s global discussion with our international partners around the world, we spoke the same language, and all wanted to promote a unified theme - aligning a topic important to each country while emphasizing our work with compost.

The chosen 2023 theme best reflects the goal of focusing on how compost can have a role in helping feed the world, by making soil healthier which produces healthier food. How does compost help? By recycling organics into compost and using it on our farmlands we create healthy soils that produce healthier food and higher yields. It also reduces the need for fertilizer and pesticides, improves water quality and conserves water, as well as stores carbon in soil - helping to reduce climate change. Compost not only helps the environment but also helps to decrease food shortages experienced around the world. For Healthier Soil, Healthier Food…Compost!

The poster must include the following:
International Compost Awareness Week
May 7 – 13, 2023
For Healthier Soil, Healthier Food…Compost!

Meet the ICAW 2022 Poster Contest Winner

This year’s winner of the ICAW 2022 Poster Contest is Angelo Esquivel. Out of hundreds and hundreds of entries from around the world, his entry was chosen. Angelo is an artist and graphic designer from Sacramento, CA. Here's what he wrote in his application explaining why he decided to enter the contest.

“I have been working for the past years with agriculture programs where we educate communities in the Sacramento area about different topics, and one of those is composting and its importance in creating healthier soil that will generate healthier food. Also in the last two years, I have been working with a food co-op where composting is a big part of it. That was the reason that caught my attention that I could use my skills in graphic design to help the community. The poster that I created expresses the use of regenerative practices in agriculture. it shows a farmer using composting into the crops where it creates a regenerative cycle and better crops.”

We received so many wonderful poster design entries. Out of all the entries, these were the top 14. Congratulations to these top 14 entries who rated so high with everyone who voted and thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the contest. Hopefully it was fun to create your design and it helped a lot of people from throughout the world learn more about ICAW and the many benefits of compost use and organics recycling.

For questions, please send an email to

ICAW Video Contest
Grade 4 – 8 (Age 10 – 13)

Offered to children and teens ages 10 - 13, the video contest requires a 30 second video highlighting ICAW and the theme for this year, For Healthier Soil, Healthier Food…Compost!, should show something related to the benefits of compost use and/or organics recycling. Such as: compost bin, vegetable or fruit garden, food waste and then compost. For more ideas on what you might want to include in your video, contact us at The winner of this contest will receive $100.

Video entry checklist:

  1. Must have in the video International Compost Awareness Week, May 7 – 13, 2023 either written or said verbally
  2. Must have For Healthier Soil, Healthier Food…Compost! written or said verbally
  3. Video Length: No more than 30 seconds
  4. Video subject must relate to something related to compost or organics recycling, for example:
    • showing a garden with compost or healthier veggies growing because of compost use,
    • showing how you put compost in your garden or potted vegetable plants,
    • showing how to add food waste to a compost bin/pile,
    • showing how you collect food waste for composting,
    • showing how you compost at school or use compost in your school garden, etc.
  5. Must post video to YouTube or Vimeo and provide us the link.

Meet the ICAW 2022 Video Contest Winner

Watch the winning video

The winner of the contest is Senya Palkovitz. She’s an 11-year-old sixth grader living in Vermont on 64 acres. She loves her cat, Carly, art, reading and playing outside. And, she loves composting. Her family started composting three years ago and now generates enough compost to replenish their vegetable gardens each year.

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