ICAW Poster Contest

2017 Winning Design

Call for Entries: The International Compost Awareness Week Committee invites YOU to get involved in ICAW 2018. We’re looking for anyone interested in participating in our 16th Annual Poster Contest. The winning poster will be used to promote International Compost Awareness Week, May 6 -12, 2018.

Compost! Building a Better Future

The contest runs from September 1 until November 6, 2017 and is open to anyone who wishes to share their artistic creativity to promote this year’s theme. The winning poster will serve as the promotional piece to share nationwide the 2018 International Compost Awareness Week theme. We invite municipal, facility or state agency representatives and industry professionals to join in the fun, along with students, youth groups, commercial composters, green industry businesses, gardeners, environmentalists, Everyone! Whether or not you have celebrated or been involved in ICAW in the past, we want you to participate this year.

The Theme is based on how compost is good for plants, people and our planet - it's good for our future.. Our world has pressing environmental and economic threats with water shortages, energy challenges, climate change and depletion of natural resources. There is VALUE in what some call waste and each of us can do something to help. By coming together with a global voice that promotes compost, International Compost Awareness Week is a call to action - composting is good for the environment and for our future, no matter where you live! Through composting, we keep organic matter out of landfills, feed and improve soil health and minimize chemical use. Together we can create a global conservation plan that converts organics wastes into resources. Compost - Building a Better Future – for plants, people and our planet.

It’s easy! Here’s how it works:
The poster contest winner will have his/her poster reproduced and distributed to thousands nationwide. It will be the official 2018 International Compost Awareness Week poster and featured on the CCREF website as well as on the US Composting Council website too. The winning “poster artist” will have his/her name posted on the CCREF website and will be included on all print material and in any press releases in association with our annual ICAW celebration.

The successful poster winner will receive a $500 prize. The contest is open to anyone from third grade to adult. There are 3 contest divisions: grades 3-7, grades 8-12, and college – adult. The best from each division will be entered into the final contest.

The contest begins on September 1, 2017 and continues until November 6, 2017.

This is YOUR opportunity to display your creative talent and show your belief in composting and in the benefits of using compost!

This year’s registration form and rules can be viewed at Poster Rules and Application. For questions, please send an email to

Meet the winner of the 2017 International Compost Awareness Week Poster Contest

Out of over 200 entrees from all over the world and all ages, Ursula Gutowski's design was chosen. Ursula is a graphic designer from Niles, IL. Ursula explains her ideas behind her design and why she entered the contest, “I chose to enter the International Compost Awareness Week poster contest last year as the "Compost! Healthy Soil, Healthy Food" topic was extremely important to me. There are so many people today that are pushing for an increase in healthy food and nutrition, but miss the link in the soils that these foods are grown in. Food waste compost not only provides an amazing soil that is full of nutrients for growing food, but it also completes the circle of sustainability. My poster design helps demonstrate this by showing the composting process in its entirety.”

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