ICAW Poster Contest

The online application for the ICAW 2021 Poster Contest is below. Please read the contest requirements carefully before entering. Any entry that does not follow the specific requirements will not be entered into the contest. The deadline to apply is November 2nd.

The International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) Committee invites YOU to get involved in ICAW 2021. We’re looking for anyone, 9th grade (age 14) or older, interested in participating in our 19th Annual Poster Contest. The winning poster will be used to promote International Compost Awareness Week, May 2-8, 2021.


This international contest runs from September 1st until November 2nd, 2020 and is open to anyone age 9th grade or older who wishes to share their artistic creativity to promote this year’s theme. The winning poster will serve as the promotional piece, in the United States, for ICAW 2021, May 2 – 8, 2021, (ICAW is celebrated in other countries, some using a different theme). We invite 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 ICAW 2021 theme is based on the circular movement of the organics recycling process flowing from farm to table to farm again. This circular process turns recycled organic materials into compost which creates healthy soils leading to more nutrient dense fruits and vegetables, with that waste going back to being composted and the process starts again. Compost adds carbon back into the soil, promotes erosion control and closes the loop by avoiding the loss of valuable organic resources. From on-farm composting, large-scale commercial composting facilities to community composting and composting in backyards, this amazing resource provides an ecologically responsible option for managing our organic materials. This year’s ICAW 2021 theme, Grow, Eat…COMPOST…Repeat, empowers us to recognize and promote the importance of composting and the use of compost in growing healthier food, supporting healthier soils and, ultimately, creating a more just and sustainable world.

It’s easy to enter! Here’s how it works: The poster contest winner will have their poster reproduced and distributed to thousands nationwide. It will be the official 2021 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 their 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 9th grade(14+) or older from anywhere in the world. This is an international contest. The winning design will be chosen by the end of November.

Enter your design using the online entry form below. Contest ends Nov. 2nd by midnight (ET)

This is YOUR opportunity to display your creative talents 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. 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.

The 2021 ICAW contest entry application is closed.

Meet the ICAW 2020 Poster Contest Winner

The ICAW Committee of the Compost Council Research & Education Foundation, is pleased to announce the winning design for ICAW 2020. Chosen from hundreds of entries sent in from throughout the world, Magnus Kallas, from London, England, submitted the design that was chosen using the theme Soil Loves Compost. He’s a graphic designer, amateur photographer and a fan of urban composting. In his youth he helped his grandparents on their farm before becoming a full-time city dweller. Now located in east London, he re-discovered composting when he started a little window garden of onions, basil and tomato plants and started mixing the soil with leftovers like eggshells, leaves, and peels from fruits and vegetables.

Here’s what Magnus has to say about why he entered the contest: “Doing the artwork for the poster I was thinking about the action that happens on top, around and below the ground with good soil. While a blossoming and seeding onion might be a headache for some farmers, I see it in a more positive way – good soil and happy plants are part of a healthy ecosystem. Hence the bee is happy too. Sustainability is an important part of all our lives.”

ICAW Video Contest
Grade 4 - 8

Video Contest: This international contest runs from September 1st until November 2nd, 2020. Anyone in grades 4 – 8 can enter. You can submit a short video - no more than 30 seconds sharing something about using compost, sending food waste to your compost bin or your town’s food waste collection, planting a garden using compost or whatever creative way you would like to share something about ICAW and the theme, Grow, Eat…COMPOST…Repeat. Must mention International Compost Awareness Week 2021, May 2-8 and the theme in your video. All video entries will be shown on the ICAW YouTube channel. The winning video will have their video highlighted on the ICAW website pages and the winner will receive a Fire HD 10 Tablet (or comparable tablet).

The 2021 Video Contest has closed

Video checklist:

  1. Must have in the video International Compost Awareness Week, May 2-8, 2021 either written or said verbally
  2. Must have Grow, Eat..COMPOST...Repeat either written or said verbally
  3. Video Length: No more than 30 seconds
  4. Video must relate to compost or organics recycling
  5. Must post video to YouTube or Vimeo and provide us the link.
Here's an example of the type of video we are looking for

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