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Death is not Justice – poster for tomorrow 2010

The poster for tomorrow competition for 2010 is now open for entries. This year 4Tomorrow is calling for universal abolition of the death penalty under the theme: death is not justice.

4Tomorrow believes the death penalty is a violation of human rights and that it has no place in modern society. And that’s what they want to change in 2010. They hope you’ll join them.

What you create as an artist, graphic designer or art director can inform, provoke emotion and motivate people to action. It’s a great gift. And a gift you can use to inspire change in the world. One poster is a start. But hundreds, thousands, become a movement that cannot be denied.


4Tomorrow wants universal abolition of the death penalty in 2010. It’s simple. The death penalty is a violation of human rights.

Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
How does that fit with beheading, stoning, hanging, lethally injecting or shooting someone?

The problem is that there’s no going back on a death sentence. And in a world where every judicial system makes mistakes, it’s inevitable that innocent people will be executed. Which is simply not acceptable. More than two thirds of countries in the world agree, and have banned executions. Sadly, shamefully, 58 still persist in killing people in the name of “justice.”

In 2009, countries with the highest number of executions were Iran (with at least 388 executions), Iraq (at least 120), Saudi Arabia (at least 69), and the United States (52).

In China information regarding the death penalty remains a secret, but estimates show that China executes more people than the rest of the world combined.*

But there is hope – the number of people being executed around the world appears to be declining. And in December the United Nations will vote on a universal moratorium on the death penalty. It’s a vital step towards abolishing the death penalty once and for all.

No matter whether you live in a country that practices capital punishment or not, we have to raise awareness across the whole world that the death penalty is a violation of human rights that has no place in modern society.

Message: The death penalty is not justice. I don’t want it done in my name, my country, or our world.


poster for tomorrow will reward the best 100 designs (as selected by the jury) by including them in the “Death is not Justice” exhibition, to be held in 100 locations worldwide on 10 October 2010. A book about the exhibition will be published.

Ten designs, as chosen by the jury, will become part of the permanent collection of a number of prestigious design museums worldwide.


  • Participants may enter up to 10 posters.
  • An entry to the competition consists of a vertical poster addressing the proposed creative brief.
  • Entries must be submitted as JPG files of 2953×4134 pixels at a resolution of 150DPI, saved in RGB colour space.
  • Designs submitted to the contest must be original artworks that are previously unpublished.
  • The designs must consist entirely of the authors’ own work and must not include any copyrighted material.
  • Designs do not have to contain any specific text or logos, from 4tomorrow, poster for tomorrow or any of our partner charities or institutions.
  • Designs shall be anonymous during the judging process, therefore they shouldn’t be signed by the author or bear any other distinguishing marks.

How to enter?

To enter, participants are asked to register to poster for tomorrow’s website (by clicking on the Sign up link in the top right corner of the homepage) and submit their entries through the website form.