Poster Contest Overview & Guidelines


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is turning 70! The UDHR was adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. Its 30 articles set out the basic rights and freedoms that apply to all people. Human rights recognize the inherent value of each person, based on principles of dignity, equality, and mutual respect, which are shared across cultures, religions, and philosophies.

Create a poster based on the Universal Declaration to celebrate its 70th Anniversary.

The goals of the Picture Human Rights Poster Contest are:

  1. to stimulate young people to learn about, reflect on, and express what human rights in general and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in particular mean to them;
  2. to encourage young people to educate their communities about human rights, and
  3. to heighten awareness about the UDHR during its 70th anniversary year.

To support these goals, HRE USA has created the Picture Human Rights Resource Kit with ideas on how you can learn more about the UDHR and celebrate it in your own community.

The contest is open to young people from kindergarten through college (ages 5-21) who live in the United States. Individual, class, or group entries accepted.

Elementary (K-4), Middle (5-8); High (9-12), Adult (ages 18-21)

Winners will be announced on Human Rights Day, December 10. First place winners will receive a $300 cash prize.  All winning posters will be featured in an online gallery on the HRE USA website and displayed at the regional and national conference of Amnesty International USA and the National Council for the Social Studies, and at human rights education workshops and seminars. Local display is also encouraged (e.g., schools, public libraries, town hall, events, etc.), especially on Human Rights Day, December 10, and other appropriate holidays.

Deadline for Posters: Midnight, Sunday, November 11, 2018.  Winners selected for the online gallery will be notified the first week of December 2018. Public announcement of selected artists and public posting to the online gallery will be on Human Rights Day – December 10, 2018.

All posters will be judged on creativity, originality, appropriateness, and relationship to the theme. A team of distinguished professional artists and human rights activists will select works to be featured in the national online gallery. Judges’ decisions are final.

Ownership of the original artwork submitted for the contest will remain with the artist. However, HRE USA reserves the right to reproduce and publish any and all artwork submitted for this contest for educational, promotional and marketing use. They may not be reproduced or sold for profit.



  • All posters must be explicitly related to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Relation to the UDHR should be self-explanatory (e.g., if they refer to specific UDHR articles, that article should be named on the poster).
  • Posters may include photography, collage, and mixed media.
  • All posters should be the original work of the artist(s). Submissions that incorporate the works of others should conform to US copyright law. HRE USA is not responsible for copyright violations committed by submitting artists.
  • Writing on posters may be in any language spoken in the artist’s community.
  • Language and any depicted violence should be suitable for young audiences.
  • All submissions must be converted to pdf or jpeg format before submitting
  • Posters may be submitted individually or as a set or group (e.g., from all members of a class; different versions of the same theme; illustration the 30 Articles of the UDHR)


  • All submissions must be made electronically via the online Entry Form. Only 5 files may be included in a single upload. Individual files should not be larger than 100 megabytes.
  • A person may submit only one individual submission. In addition, a person may also be part of one group submission.
  • Each poster submissions must complete the following in the online Entry Form:
    • Name, age, and location of the artist. (Artists may request that their names be withheld from the online gallery).
    • Title of the work
    • Dimensions of the original poster
    • Medium/media used
    • Brief (100-word maximum) statement that explains the artist’s and/or poster’s relation to human rights.
    • All submissions by individual artists under 18 must also submit a Permission Slip to be signed by a parent or guardian. A teacher or group leader may sign for a class or club project.
    • Affirmation signed by the artist that the submission is the artist’s original work.
  • For a group project of several artists, each artist must fill out a separate Entry Form and Permission Slip for artists under 18. For class or club project, a teacher or adult sponsor may fill out one Entry Form for the group. Each group submission should identify the name of the group (e.g., class, school, club, etc.), their grade or age level, and their location.