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Fourth International Reggae Poster Contest 2015

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open30-Nov-2015
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What is Fourth International Reggae Poster Contest 2015?

The International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) is an initiative designed to celebrate positive international reggae culture. The contest highlights the globalization of reggae and the resounding impact of its message. The contest was founded by Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou in 2011. The umbrella term “reggae,” as used by the organizers of the International Reggae Poster Contest, encompasses all the popular Jamaican musical genres: Ska, Rocksteady, Roots Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and the unique Jamaican Sound System.

The primary reason for organizing the poster contest is to construct an international platform to showcase a far-reaching vision: the erection of a world-class Reggae Hall of Fame museum and performance center in Kingston, Jamaica that celebrates the voice, vision and vocabulary of Jamaican popular music. The  ideal architect for this grand enterprise is Frank Gehry, a name synonymous with inspiring architectural design that stimulates urban transformation. The International Reggae Poster Contest  is the start of a global campaign that takes advantage of the powerful tools of social media and creative expressions through the medium of the visual arts.

The other important objective of the IRPC is to help raise awareness of the Alpha Boys’ School, a vocational institution for underprivileged youths, located in the heart of Kingston and founded in 1880 by the Sisters of Mercy.  This school is a great Jamaican success story,  producing some of the most notable legends in the history of Reggae, including Don Drummond of the Skatalites, the singer Desmond Dekker and Yellowman, one of Dancehall’s first superstars.  We think this remarkable institution should be celebrated and replicated. Without this fertile training ground, we might not have seen the flourishing of the global music we call Reggae.

In 2014, we made a special appeal to all our IRPC supporters and friends to continue their support for the historic Alpha Boy’s School, by spreading awareness and continuing to give to the school. The Alpha boys need your support: clothing, money, musical instruments, educational materials, whatever you can offer. Please visit the website and find out how to contribute and make a difference: 

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

  •  The Forth International Reggae Poster Contest 2015 is open to designers all over the world.
  •  Posters may be designed by a single artist or by a team.
  •  Designers are allowed to submit any number of original posters.
  •  Posters should be original artworks and should not have been published in prints, internet, social media etc.

How can you apply ?

Application process can be done online only


How can I enter my poster into the contest?
To enter, download and complete the submission form.
You must include on the entry form your complete and accurate information, including your mail address and your e-mail address. Please double check your email. It is the only way we can contact you.
Upload your poster as a jpg file and your Submission Form as a pdf file.

Is there any registration fee?
No. posters submitted for the International Reggae Poster Contest 2015 are completely, 100% free to enter!

Can we enter as a group or design studio?
Yes, everyone is welcomed to participate. If you enter as a group or design studio, please submit your poster as an individual. You will be able to add the names of the rest of the group or studio in the submission form.

What languages is the call for entries available in?
The call for entries will be available in three languages; English, Spanish, and Japanese. A group of volunteers from around the world are helping us to translate in other languages, we are working to include other languages very soon.

What are the design requirements?
Each entry must be an original unpublished work that you have created. It must not include material in which a third party has intellectual property rights. The designs must be portrait (vertical) formatted posters.

What are the file specifications for the posters?
For upload purpose the file must be:
Size/Resolution: 1417×1984 pixels, 72dpi
Color Space: (RGB)
File type: JPEG or PNG

At the Rules and Regulations you require the posters should be created in CMYK mode and 300dpi, but you also request that the file upload to the website should be in RGB and 72 dpi?
We want you to design the original artwork at a printable resolution but send us smaller for internet use.

How many posters can I enter in the contest?
There is no limit as to how many submissions you can make. However, each design should be different. Please, do not submit the same design multiple times.

Can I submit designs that contain text in languages other than English?
Yes. We encourage you to express you creative expression freely, including your native language. If possible please provide a translated text in the notes section in English when you design is uploaded.

Can I submit a non-digital format i.e. painting or illustration, etc?
No, unfortunately we accept only digital files. Nevertheless, you can scan your painting, illustration, etc, as a high res (300dpi). The original painting should be at least 50x70cm.
Please find a professional shop to scan and capture the colors correct and at it’s actual size. Then please, follow the instructions as to how to submit the poster. Thank you!

Is there a copyright problem with featuring artists, or song lyrics of reggae musicians on the poster?
There is no problem if you feature song lyrics then it would be good to feature also the singer,
However, using a photograph image in your design of the artists you should have the rights to use it.

Does my poster have to use the brief or theme text as title or body copy?
The brief and contest theme is there to inspire you. Please do not feel obliged to include them in your design.
Nevertheless, we would love to see you including the IRPC contest theme: Toward A Reggae Hall of Fame, Celebrating Great Jamaican Music.

Do I have to include the IRPC logo in my design?
You do not have to. However, we provide a link to download a PDF file of the Reggae Hall of Fame Logo if you wish to use it.

When does the contest close?
The closing time for submissions was on October 15, 2015 (12am EST time). But now a NEW DEADLINE has been announced for November 30, 2015.

I want to know if my poster is submitted successfully. How can I confirm that?
Please email us your full name, email used to submit the poster, the poster name and date of submission and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

How can I get involved and help the IRPC?
Thank you. The IRPC would love your support! Please share the documents or any promotional material you find on our website with anyone else you think may be interested in the contest and our vision. Also share with friends the information we publish on our IRPC Facebook and Twitter pages. Please join us on those social networks. If you’d like to do more, by either becoming a member of our support team, or hosting an exhibition in your country, just drop us an email telling us how would you want to help. We’d love to hear from you.


Artists/Designers will retain all rights to their original posters art. The International Reggae Poster Contest shall have an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free, worldwide licence to use, copy, exhibit, publicly display and distribute their submitted entry for any activity, reproduce and distribute to third parties that are associated or sponsored activities. The International Reggae Poster Contest shall have the right to reproduce and distribute to third parties the International Reggae Poster Contest 2014-2015 catalogue/book in unlimited quantities.
The IRPC will notify specifically designers for other use where necessary and request a mutual agreement based on a written authorization. A fee or a royalty, as agreed with the designer or designers will be refund to the artwork owners. Designers are guaranteed the right to be credited every time their entry is used or published. The name and surname will be mentioned approximate to the used artwork.

Terms and Conditions

The IRPC contest plays a crucial role for our vision: More than a contest, this is a platform to share our mission with the world and a vehicle toward realizing the establishment of a Reggae Hall of Fame in Kingston, Jamaica. A monument to the achievements of Jamaica’s popular musical culture, and to celebrate the living heritage of global Reggae.

The Fourth International Reggae Poster Contest 2015 opened for entries for our 4th edition on July 15, 2015. A new deadline is been announced for submissions which now will be open until November, 30, 2015. The top 100 posters will be selected by a jury panel of design professionals and will be exhibited in our “Art of Reggae Exhibitions” around the world.

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