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Water is Life – 2011 International Poster Competition

The German Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning Association (ZVSHK) is calling on all students studying fine arts, design, communication design and architecture to enter the international poster competition “Water is Life 2010/2011”.

The competition also provides an opportunity to showcase young creativity from all over the world on a global scale. The one hundred best posters will be presented in travelling exhibitions around the world, accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue with further entries.

The competition is open to all countries.


The aim of the competition is not only to demonstrate that the younger generations are prepared to bear their share of the responsibility for our world but, first and foremost, to publicise the message that “Water is Life” to a broad public by means of worldwide exhibitions.

The subject is “Water is Life“.

It is recommended that you conduct thorough research as the topic is wide-ranging in scope, touching not just on biological aspects of life but also on political and economic issues.

All posters have to include the following text:

  • in German: “Wasser ist Leben”
  • or in English: “Water is Life”

Further text information or slogans can be added if desired.


  • 1st Prize: €5000
  • 2nd Prize: €3000
  • 3rd Prize: €2000

The official opening of the poster exhibition will be held on 15 March 2011 at the Frankfurt Exhibition Centre (Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany) as part of the ISH international trade fair.

The top three winners will receive their awards during the opening ceremony. The designers of the 100 best posters will also be awarded certificates.


  • All students studying fine arts, design, communication design and architecture can take part in the competition, as long as they are enrolled in a state or private art college or university at the time of entering. Graduates can also take part if they completed their studies less than twelve months ago.
  • The competition is open to all countries.
  • Excluded from the competition are posters that were already published or publicised before 1 August 2010.
  • Up to 4 posters can be submitted per entrant (as individual works or as a series).

How to enter?

All posters must be submitted digitally (by uploading them online) and must meet the following requirements:

  1. Format: DIN A4 (21.0 cm x 29.7 cm, portrait or landscape format)
  2. Resolution: 400 – 600 dpi
  3. Colour mode: RGB
  4. File format: JPEG (Quality factor: 10 – 12)
  5. Maximum file size: 15 MB
  6. File name (This should be named as follows: surname, first name, country, date (year-month-day) and, if several submissions are made, please number them consecutively)
  7. Example: ‘Doe_John_USA_2010-11-08_No.01’
  8. Brief description of the poster concept (see online form)