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Posterheroes is an international communication and social graphic art contest organized by PLUG – non profit Cultural Association.


There are no age, nationality or profession limits, the contest is open to all, except for the organizers of Posterheroes, PLUG associates, the jury or any of their family members.


The Posterheroes contest is open to individuals or groups (in which case a representative will be required) with the submission of up to 3 entries each. Works can only be submitted online following the uploading procedure on

Each candidate will include the following details in the electronic form:

  • candidate name and surname (representative in the case of a group)
  • candidate nationality
  • email address
  • title of the work
  • English description in 500 words max
  • submission category (01_production, 02_transformation, 03_distribution, 04_disposal); if the work deals with more than one issue the most relevant must be indicated.

If one or more fields are left incomplete the participation to the contest will be invalidated.

Works must not present any symbols or signatures that could trace back to the authors.


Files must meet the following characteristics (upon pain of exclusion):

  • size: 50×70 cm at 150dpi (2953×4134 pixels)
  • max 5MB
  • vertical layout
  • jpg or pdf format


The only admitted languages to fill in the electronic form is English. If the graphics contain text components, these must necessarily be in English.


The jury is composed of international experts in graphic arts and communications. PLUG reserves itself the right to communicate on its website any possible changes to these conditions.


Files will be automatically renamed to guarantee anonymity, during the process of evaluation by the jurors.
The jury will select the 40 best proposals. Evaluation criteria for selection will be: originality, quality in relation to efficacy of message communication and emotional aspects expressed by the posters.


PLUG, as the organizer of the contest, will be responsible for facilitating in an independent manner the works of the jury. PLUG also guarantees the correct management of entries as reported in the present regulation.


Works can be submitted starting from November 08, 2014(11:59 p.m. GMT+1) up until midnight (11:59 p.m. GMT+1) of March 29th, 2015. Posters received after the established deadline will not be considered for the contest. If the submission has been delayed due to a technical failure on the website, the independent facilitator will decide whether to accept or not the posters at its own discretion.


Posterheroes does not award any monetary prizes. Selected posters will be promptly published on and will be displayed on the social media channels of PLUG Association and Posterheroes (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube). Selected works will be published on the catalogue of the initiative and will become part of the itinerant shows and future events which Posterheroes/PLUG will organize at the end of the contest. The selected participants are entitled to a copy of the book free of charge, but are asked to cover the postage costs at their own expense. Selected posters will be announced by May 1st, 2015.


Each participant or group authorizes the cultural association – PLUG – to handle personal details under the Italian law decree 196/2003 (Personal data protection code – Italian law), for the fulfillment of all obligations of the organization and for the correct development of Posterheroes as well as for the events which Posterheroes/PLUG will organize after the contest. For any controversy concerning the contest, Italian law will be applicable. By sending the entries, participants explicitly accept, without possibility of appeal, that the competent tribunal will be the one in Turin.


Works submitted to the contest must be original artworks that are previously unpublished, under penalty of exclusion from the contest. The works must consist entirely of the author’s own work, who by submitting the entry declares and guarantees he/she holds all its rights, that it doesn’t prejudice rights of any other third party and does not violate any law in force. Furthermore, authors declare they hold every moral and patrimonial copyright. In any case authors release the Cultural Association – PLUG – from all responsibilities, costs and any kind of burdens that should arise due to the content of the work. Participants concede Posterheroes/PLUG an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable and worldwide license, with no royalties, to use and display publicly their works, citing the authors. Any other use of the works will be arranged with the authors. These might include, but are not limited to, culture and arts promotion activities, social activism campaigning, educational material, fundraising campaigns.

By submitting a poster, authors automatically agree to publish their designs through a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license. The legal details of this license are available at Creative Commons website.


The participation to the contest implies the total acceptance of the present announcement and specifically of the following points: requirements, terms and conditions, technical requirements, admitted languages, jury, evaluation criteria, independent facilitator, deadline, awards, privacy, copyright.

NOTE: The Association PLUG reserves the right to make changes in this regulation during the contest.