School of Creative Arts

6th pARTicipate poster competition

Save the Earth!


DEADLINE EXTENSIONThursday, February 20th  at noon.



The University of the Fraser Valley Visual Arts (VA) and Art History Areas - School of Creative Arts, and the Graphic + Digital Design (GDD) Department.

The pARTicipate Poster Competition project has been running biannually since 2009 with its aim to foster imagination, criticality, visual thinking, graphic design skills and promote social awareness and activism. 


Theme of the 6th pARTicipate Poster Competition:  

Save the Earth!



The 6th pARTicipate Poster Competition with its theme Save the Earth! coincides with the countdown to Earth Day 2020 to mark the landmark 50th anniversary of Earth Day whose goal has been to demonstrate support for environmental protection (first event took place on April 22, 1970).

Promoting global initiative in protecting our planet, the competition aims to celebrate and encourage actions for environmental health. This competition invites to reimagine what can be done individually and collectively for betterment of our planet, and to empower change for a sustainable community, region, and Earth. 


Issues to be considered when designing the poster:


Communication Objective

The objective of the 6th pARTicipate Poster Competition is to reaffirm and promote the Earth Dayobjectives emphasizing the central role of ecology and sustainability in securing our planet’s health.


- climate change

- global warming

- solutions to trash and waste problem

- plastic pollution

- air pollution

- carbon footprint

- access to clean water

- protecting plant and animal natural resources

- make earth green again



Design Objectives


1. Convey a strong message instantly. It must be easily read from a distance – concept, image and/or words. 

2. Concise concept or idea – poster is self-explanatory. 

3. Effective contrast, spatial depth and scale. 

4. Clear typographic application that emphasizes the message. 

5. Poster is well conceived and properly executed.

6. Overall design is current, appropriate and relevant to the competition’s main theme. 


- all current UFV students 

Each participant may submit up to two entries.


Target Audience

Adhering to the concept “think locally - act globally” the target audience is Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Hope, the Fraser Valley community, and beyond.



1. Signed Registration & Agreement forum with written Rationale (no more than 100 words) – must be submitted together with poster entries.

2. Poster design must be submitted in both print and digital formats.

Print: 360 ppi resolution, 20” Height x 32” Wide, or 32” Height x 20” Wide image size in portrait or landscape format.

Digital: PDF, 360 ppi resolution, 20” Height x 32” Wide, or 32” Height x 20” Wide image size

3. All written text should appear in English.

4. All submissions must be original. Copyrighted characters©, copyrighted clip art or graphic art, or copyright-free clip or graphic art will not be accepted.



All entries – PDFs of posters together with Registration and Agreement together with written Rationale – must be emailed to the School of Creative Arts at UFV: no later than Thursday, February 20, 2020.


Judging Criteria  

1. Originality: Innovation and effectiveness.

2. Visual Hierarchy: Typography, image, colour and layout. 

3. Final Solution: Impactful and creates awareness.


A panel of selected judges (tbd) will review the entries and nominate the winners.


Winners and Prizes

1. All shortlisted artists and the winners will be acknowledged.

2. Selected posters will be exhibited at the S'eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery at UFV between February 27 –March 13, 2020 and featured on the Visual Arts website and Graphic + Digital Design Department blog. 

3. Winners will be announced and notified during the week of March 09-13, 2020.   

Participants should not call or email to request results in advance.

4. The official award ceremony date tbd.


Right of use

By submitting an entry all participants:

1. Declare that they are the creator/owner of the image(s) used in the artwork.

2. Agree to allow the Visual Arts and Graphic + Digital Design Departments, and School of Creative Arts, as well as the UFV to publish their works and names without compensation.

3. Agree to allow VA and GDD Departments, School of Creative Arts, and UFV to reproduce the winning art entries in posters, postcards and other publicity and advertising without compensation. Winners relinquish any rights to royalties or any form of reimbursement other that contest awards. All winning entries become the property of UFV. The artists retain copyright of their work and allow full use of the work for philanthropic purposes.


Winning places and prizes to be awarded - tbd


Contributors of Prizes/Awards – tbd


Download the Registration and Agreement with Rational Forum

Registration & Agreement

Download the submission instructions 

6th Participate Poster Competition Instructions 



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