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Winners of the Third International Reggae Poster Contest 2014
Received from Maria Papaefstathiou, Co-founder of the Contest
Please visit the official web site or the Call for entries for more information.

First Place: Andreas Wikstrom, Sweden

Second Place: Avi Marciano, USA

Third Place: Dariush Allahyari, Iran

Third International Reggae Poster Contest 2014 Winners

Toward a Reggae Hall of Fame: Celebrating Great Jamaican Music.

The organizers and Jury panel of the 3rd International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) 2014, are excited to announce the 2014 winning entries. We take this opportunity to congratulate all 100 winners selected from around the world, and to thank all the participants who submitted works.

The IRPC announced the call for submissions on July 1, 2014, closing on November 1st, 2014 with a total of 1010 submissions, 646 designers from 79 countries. The contest winners were chosen from 444 finalists by a distinguished jury panel.

The winners are:
- 1st Place: Andreas Wikström, Sweden
- 2nd Place: Avi Marciano, United States
- 3rd Place: Dariush Allahyari, Iran

The finalists were selected by the following members of the IRPC jury panel:
Pre-Selection Committee:
Elmer Sosa, Mexico. Eric Francis Eshun, Ghana.Frank Arbelo, Cuba. Jon Daniel, UK. Kathiana Cardona OpArt, Venezuela.Ola Kot, Poland. Pamela Campagna Scheiderbauer, Italy. PROP4G4ND4, Greece. Susan Lee Quee, Jamaica. Tomoko Miyagawa, Japan.

Final Selection Committee:
Andrew Lewis, Canada. Charis Tsevis, Greece.Luba Lukova, USA. Mirko Ilic, USA. John Moore, Venezuela. Richard B. Doubleday, USA. Roy Villalobos, USA. Sergio Olivotti, Italy. Suzana Machicao, USA. Yossi Lemel, Israel. Juan Carlos Darias, Venezuela. The IRPC extends its thanks to the jury for their generosity and their critical expertise.

The objective of the International Reggae Poster Contest
The objective of the International Reggae Poster Contest is to reinforce awareness for Reggae music and celebrate its positive impact on the world. The term Reggae encompasses all the popular Jamaican musical genres: including Ska, Rock Steady, Roots Reggae, Dub, Dancehall, and the unique Jamaican Sound System.

This poster contest plays a crucial role for our vision: More than a contest, this is a platform to share our mission with the world and a vehicle toward realizing the establishment of a Reggae Hall of Fame in Kingston, Jamaica. A monument to the achievements of Jamaica's popular musical culture, and to celebrate the living heritage of global Reggae.

All the submitted posters show the profound impact the music has had on an international level and mirrors the positive energy of Reggae. The diverse entries are a powerful reminder and testament to the global appreciation for Reggae music.


IRPC's Help Shape Positive Attitudes in Portugal Prisons

The IRPC's global impact is helping to shape positive attitudes through contemporary reggae poster art. This has encouraged one government institution in Portugal to look at our contest as a tool to encourage positive behaviors and creative motivation

In 2014, the IRPC received an email from the General Directorate of Rehabilitation and Prison Services of the Ministry of Justice of Portugal (, communicating their interest in participating in the 2014 International Reggae Poster Contest. The General Directorate requested permission to submit reggae art made by prisoners in their institutions to the 2014 contest. The IRPC was delighted to support the Directorate in this creative mission in the area of cultural and artistic activities, and to implement this as an instrument of prison rehabilitation.

This idea was well received by the IRPC, and the plan was established by the prison services as an activity integrated in its annual plan for all the prisons.

All eight prisons were encouraged to participate in the contest: Braga, Castelo Branco, Linhó, Lisbon, Faro, Pinheiro da Cruz, Santa Cruz do Bispo Female and Viana do Castelo. A total of 20 posters were designed and submitted by 26 inmates.

"Many of the prisoners are reggae enthusiasts," says the director of one of the prison. He also stated, "The music of Bob Marley is favored highly among the prisoners in the institutions. They see the message from Bob, as a message of hope and inspiration to help them while they are incarcerated."

The IRPC organizers are pleased and honored to find the poster contest embraced by an organization of the Government of Portugal and by the prisoners who participated in the art program. This collaboration was made possible thanks to the professionals who work with the General Directorate of Rehabilitation and Prison Services, represented by its General Director, Rui Sá Gomes.

Check more posters from the General Directorate of Rehabilitation and Prison Services of the Ministry of Justice of Portugal here.

Some of the Winners (see all 100 winners and 22 honorable mentions here)

Lucie Blazevska, Czech Republic

Ascend (Luis Daniel Perez Molina), Mexico

Enrico Varrasso, Canada

Frederic Bosch Estebanez, Spain

Nikita Babichev, Russia

Theo Kontaxis, Greece

Jonathon Rossi, Australia

Tomasz Bartz, Poland

Stavros Damos, Greece

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