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ICAW Poster Contest

Call for Entries: The International Compost Awareness Week Committee invites YOU to get involved in ICAW 2019. We’re looking for anyone interested in participating in our 17th Annual Poster Contest. The winning poster will be used to promote International Compost Awareness Week, May 5 -11, 2019.

POSTER THEME: Cool the Climate – Compost!
The contest runs from September 1 until November 5, 2018 and is open to anyone who wishes to share their artistic creativity to promote this year’s theme. The winning poster will serve as the promotional piece to share nationwide the 2019 International Compost Awareness Week theme. We invite municipal, facility or state agency representatives, industry professionals, students, youth groups, commercial composters, green industry businesses, gardeners, environmentalists, EVERYONE, to join in the fun Whether or not you have celebrated or been involved in ICAW in the past, we want you to participate this year. The contest is open to anyone ten years old and up from anywhere in the world.

The 2019 ICAW theme, “Cool the Climate - Compost!” recognizes the connection between soil health and the climate. Soil plays an important role in our environment. Healthy soil is at the heart of planetary, agricultural and human health. This year's theme highlights that soil management practices with compost is key to soil health and migrating climate change. By composting, we return nutrients to the soil, help capture carbon from the atmosphere, resist drought and disease and provide fresh air.

It’s easy to enter! Here’s how it works: The poster contest winner will have his/her poster reproduced and distributed to thousands nationwide. It will be the official 2019 International Compost Awareness Week poster and featured on the CCREF website as well as on the US Composting Council website too. The winning “poster artist” will have his/her name posted on the CCREF website and will be included on all print material and in any press releases in association with our annual ICAW celebration.

The successful poster winner will receive a $500 prize. The contest is open to anyone from ten years old to adult. There are 3 contest divisions: grades 3-7, grades 8-12, and college – adult. The best from each division will be entered into the final contest. The winning design will be chosen before the end of the year.

The contest begins on September 1, 2018 and continues until November 5, 2018.

This is YOUR opportunity to display your creative talent and show your belief in composting and in the benefits of using compost!

Please read the Poster Contest Rules before submitting your application form with your poster design.
Requirement Checklist - Please read before you enter and make sure your poster has everything it needs.
  • Only one entry per person
  • Size is no more than 12” wide X 18” high
  • Resolution is 300 dpi in jpg format
  • Poster contains the theme title, Cool the Climate - Compost!
  • Poster contains the words International Compost Awareness Week, May 5 - 11, 2019
  • Do not add additional words to your poster. Only the theme title and International Compost Awareness Week, May 5 - 11, 2019 are allowed.

Enter here from Sept. 1 - Nov. 5

Prior to September 1st the Poster Contest application form will be available online. Check back here to find the form and enter your design

For questions, please send an email to info@compostfoundation.org

Meet the winner of the 2018 International Compost Awareness Week Poster Contest

Created by talented eleventh-grade, high school student, Talia Mitre, from Rockville, Maryland, the winning entry for the 2018 ICAW Poster Contest highlights the current theme of Compost! Building a Better Future. Talia, who attends the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, explains the concept behind her design:

"I have always cared about the environment and I love doing design work. When I found out that there was a contest combining both of these I jumped at the opportunity. I wanted to show on my poster how composting can really help our world become beautiful in the future. To achieve this, I created a globe shaped as a flower growing out of a pile of compost. Compost takes what many people consider as trash and turns it into something both beautiful and useful for our planet."

Close to 300 people, age ten and above from over 30 countries, entered this year’s contest. Thank you to all the talented people who took the time to create so many amazing designs and who care about promoting compost and sustainability.


2018 Winning Design

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