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The UN Poster for Peace Contest is sponsored by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs.

Contest Period

The contest begins on 24 October 2015 and ends on 24 January 2016.

Poster File Size and File Type

Maximum file size: 10 MB.

File type: JPEG, PNG or PDF.

Who Can Enter

Anyone of any age can enter this contest, and it is open to all people in all countries. Children below the age of 13 will need to have their parents’ permission, and will need to have parents (or a legal guardian) help with their submissions.


Art work must be original, submitted by the artist. It should be developed such that it could be displayed in a 60 by 90 centimetres (2 feet x 3 feet) format.

Entries must be two dimensional using either traditional methods (pens, pencils, crayons, charcoal, oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolour, etc.) or modern digital illustration process.

As all art work must be fully original, no entries will be accepted or considered if they are deemed to use in whole or part derivative images which could be considered plagiaristic.

Multiple entries are allowed if the design concept is different from one poster to another.

Words, text, and UN logo can be added on the poster submission, provided that it is relevant to the aim of the contest.

Entries should be uploaded to


All entries will be judged using the same criteria: creativity, composition, theme and technique. The winners will be announced on 5 March 2016.

Contest Prizes

There will be three winners.

First prize will be USD 3,000

Second will be USD 2,000

Third will be USD 1,000


Those making submissions agree that the UN retains all copyrights of the materials submitted. Files uploaded to the contest website should be solely images of the artwork and not contain photographic images of the contestant nor other individuals.


The UN shall not be responsible for any loss or damage that may occur by entering this contest and the UN reserves the right to make changes to the rules of the contest without prior notification.