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Plaktivat 14: Discrimination and I – Poster Design Competition

The 14th international Plaktivat competition in designing a city poster on the topic of “Discrimination and I” has been launched.

The competition aims to raise awareness about the fact that discrimination, though forbidden, remains present at every turn. Submitted poster designs should challenge individuals to consider whether they themselves ever acted in a discriminatory way.

The winner will receive Plaktivat’s MEGAFON and a winning plaque. The winning poster will be printed and published on 500 TAM-TAM city posters across Slovenia and automatically entered in the competitions of the Slovenian Advertising Festival SOF and the Brumen biennial of Slovenian Design.

More details about the brief can be found on the official website.

Every person came across discrimination at least once in their lifetime. The question is, however, whether we recognize discrimination when we come across it. Almost all of us have been discriminated against at some point in our lives or discriminated against others. You may have favoured a male candidate over a female one at a job interview purely due to their gender, or served a younger more attractive customer at your establishment before a less attractive one that came before them. These are also forms of discrimination.

Discrimination arises when individuals or groups of people are treated less favourably than other persons in a comparable position simply because they are or seem to belong to a specific group or category of people. The foremost bases of discrimination include the following factors: gender, age, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, race, appearance, cultural differences, religious beliefs.

In spite of efforts to root it out, discrimination remains a recurrent issue; this is why we need to constantly inform the public and raise awareness about what discrimination actually is. Victims often do not wish to talk about discrimination, don’t recognise it, make excuses about it, and see it as perfectly normal and generally accepted behaviour.

The competition is open to all creators, individuals as well as agencies and companies, who want to help create our common living environment. The competition also gives separate consideration to students of both genders within a separate category “Fresh Blood’.

One applicant may submit no more than 3 posters.