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2. International student poster competition "Water is Life", Germany 2015

Received from Heinz-Juergen Kristahn
Please see the official web site for more information.

Competition poster by Andrea Hild
"Water is Life 2014/2015" -
An international poster competition for students
Art and Trade

The ZVSHK, the German Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning Association, is launching the second international "Water is Life" poster design competition this September. In its role as the largest German trade organisation in the sector, representing over 50,000 contractors in Germany, the ZVSHK initiated the competition with the aim of promoting awareness of a fundamental formula of human existence: Water is Life.

Not oil, not gas and not gold will determine the political, economic and social development of nations around the world in the future, but access to a constant supply of clean water.

In Germany, the sanitation, heating and air conditioning branch works to ensure the safe provision and consistently high quality of water and sanitation. The high standard of drinking water hygiene in Germany testifies to the proven quality of national water supply and purification technology. For the ZVSHK, this is the motivation for initiating the poster competition.

Access to safe drinking water and sanitation is a basic human right that applies for everyone, regardless of where they live in the world. This is what the ZVSHK wishes to promote through its student poster competition.


The competition is open to all students of art, design, graphic and communication design and architecture. Through the competition, the ZVHSK hopes to stimulate a wide range of artistic responses to the topic of "Water is Life".

Students from all continents of the world are encouraged to make a creative statement supporting a responsible approach to managing water. The best 100 poster entries will be presented in a travelling exhibition that will be shown around the world in 2015. The "Water is Life" exhibition starts on World Water Day, the 22 March 2015, in Berlin, with the announcement of the winners of the competition.


The ZVSHK is especially pleased that the German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller, will act as patron of the competition. The ZVSHK has also succeeded in enlisting the support of the GIZ, the German Society for International Cooperation, an organisation whose international scale underlines the global relevance of the competition topic. In addition, UN Water - the United Nations inter-agency mechanism on all freshwater-related issues including sanitation - is joining the competition as the official advertising partner.

The German Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning Association (ZVSHK) and its competition partners invite you take part in the competition with your own personal poster design. Become part of an international art movement dedicated to ensuring and maintaining the ongoing clean supply of the most important source of sustenance for mankind.

Who can take part?

All students of art, design, graphic and 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 have been previously published or publicised before 1 August 2013.

Content-related, formal and legal requirements

All posters have to include the following text:

  • in German: "Wasser ist Leben", or
  • in English: "Water is Life"
  • and the "Water for Life 2005-2015" logo (the logo can be downloaded from
Further text, information or slogans can be added if desired.

Up to 4 posters can be submitted per entrant (as individual works or as a series). 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: first name, surname, country, date (year-month-day) and, if several submissions are made, please number them consecutively). Example: 'John_Doe_USA_2014-11-08_No.01'
  7. Brief description of the poster concept (see online form)
Through the completion and submission of the competition form (to be completed online and submitted with the uploaded poster file!), the entrant confirms that he or she is the exclusive copyright holder and author of the poster.

Submission of the competition form also authorises the competition organisers to use the submitted posters in one or more exhibitions, on its competition homepage, in a catalogue and for publicity purposes for the exhibition(s). Usage beyond this scope will be negotiated on an individual basis.

Only posters that meet these criteria will qualify for entry in the competition!

There is no right of appeal.

Judging panel

Chairman of the judging panel:

Prof. Heinz Jürgen Kristahn
IKD Berlin, Germany

Judging panel:

  • Jerzy Skakun, Poland
  • Isidro Ferrer, Spain
  • Prof. Su Zhang, China
  • Prof. Richard Doubleday, USA
  • Amrollah Farhadi, Iran
  • CD. David Sargent, Australia

Organiser jury members:

  • Manfred Stather, President of the German Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning Association
  • Michael von Bock und Polach, Germany
  • Elmar Esser, Managing Director of the ZVSHK German Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning Association
  • Erwin Fidelis Reisch, Publisher, Gentner Verlag, Germany

Preselection jury:

  • Prof. Dr. Dominik Pietzcker, Germany
  • Prof. Dirk van der Meulen, Germany
  • Shuang Wu, M.A., China
  • Gia Janezashvili, Georgia
  • Anna Charaktinou, Greece

Prizes and publication

1st prize: 5000 Euros
2nd prize: 3000 Euros
3rd prize: 2000 Euros

An expert judging panel will select the best 100 entries, which will be presented in a catalogue and shown worldwide in a travelling exhibition. The 100 successful entrants will all receive a free copy of the catalogue.

In addition to awarding the prizes, the organisers may also elect to purchase additional individual posters.

Deadline for entries

Your poster(s) must be uploaded digitally by midnight (24:00 GMT) on 31 December 2014. The online submission form will then be closed.


Complete the online competition application form and upload your poster file(s) for submissions.

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