Enter the ICAW 2023 Poster Contest Below

Deadline to enter is November 1st by midnight (ET)

Prize is $500 and the winning design is used as the official ICAW 2024 poster – sent to thousands of people.

Please read the Poster Contest Rules before submitting your application form with your poster design. Entries will be eliminated if requirements are not followed exactly. Please read the rules carefully before you enter and make sure your poster has everything it needs. It’s very important that you have only on the poster the theme, name of the program and the dates.

Each year, the International Compost Awareness Week Committee holds a poster contest to pick a new design for the annual poster. There is always a new theme for ICAW, which is highlighted on the poster as well as the dates for ICAW. The dates for 2024 are May 5 – 11. The poster contest is open to anyone from anywhere in the world age 14 or older. The video contest is for ages 10 – 13.

The 2024 International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) theme is truly a collaborative and international effort. Again this year, we teamed up with the International Compost Alliance (ICA), which includes compost associations from around the world, to select: COMPOST... Nature’s Climate Champion! The theme was chosen by participating international partners incorporating the collective focus on one of the initiatives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which is “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.”

The 2024 theme best reflects the UN goal by highlighting the role compost plays in fighting climate change. Those roles include:

  • Decreasing methane: Methane, a greenhouse gas twenty-five times as powerful as carbon dioxide, can be significantly reduced through the recycling of organics instead of their being landfilled.
  • Helping with climate change mitigation: Compost offers a significant answer to climate change mitigation. Compost’s return to the soil serves as a “carbon bank,” helping to store carbon thereby removing it from the atmosphere.
  • Reducing fertilizer inputs, reducing the pollution created to manufacture those inputs.
  • Increasing resilience: Compost helps to increase resilience to the effects of climate change such as drought and extreme weather.


The poster must include the following:
International Compost Awareness Week
May 5 – 11, 2024
COMPOST... Nature’s Climate Champion!

Meet the ICAW 2023 Poster Contest Winner

This year’s winner of the ICAW 2023 Poster Contest is Jun Qi Tan. Out of hundreds and hundreds of entries from around the world (we received entries from 77 different countries), her entry was chosen. Jun Qi is an illustrator and storyteller from Singapore, and also a regenerative gardener and composter on the side. She told us that it has been almost three years since she started her home composting practice and her explorations in regenerative farming, and by now she has had her fair share of worm bin escapes and failed hot compost piles. She continues her practice in tending to her family's garden and occasionally helping out at community ones and donates surplus produce to her local community when she's able to. She looks forward to being able to raise awareness through her art about the aliveness of soil and compost and the integral role they play in healthy food systems and a healthy planet. You can find more of her work at In case you don't know, the beautiful plant at the heart of the ICAW 2023 poster is the ancient grain amaranth, commonly grown in Southeast Asia.

We received so many wonderful poster design entries. Out of all the entries, those below were the top 14. Congratulations to these top 14 entries who rated so high with everyone who voted and thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the contest. Hopefully it was fun to create your design and it helped a lot of people from throughout the world learn more about ICAW and the many benefits of compost use and organics recycling.

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ICAW Video Contest
Grade 4 – 8 (Age 10 – 13)

Offered to children and teens ages 10 - 13, the video contest asked for a 30 second video highlighting ICAW and the theme for this year, COMPOST…Nature’s Climate Champion! Should show something related to the benefits of compost use and/or organics recycling and the benefit it has to help with climate change. Such as: compost bin, vegetable or fruit garden, food waste and then compost. For more ideas on what you might want to include in your video, contact us at The winner of this contest will receive $100.

Video entry checklist:

  1. Must have in the video International Compost Awareness Week, May 5 – 11, 2024 either written or said verbally
  2. Must have COMPOST... Nature’s Climate Champion! written or said verbally
  3. Video Length: No more than 30 seconds
  4. Video subject must relate to something related to compost or organics recycling, for example:
    • showing a garden with compost or healthier veggies growing because of compost use,
    • showing how you put compost in your garden or potted vegetable plants,
    • showing how to add food waste to a compost bin/pile,
    • showing how you collect food waste for composting,
    • showing how you compost at school or use compost in your school garden, etc.
  5. Must post video to YouTube or Vimeo and provide us the link.

Meet the ICAW 2023 Video Contest Winner

The winner of the ICAW 2023 Video Contest is Magna Iacomella Paz from Monte Hermoso, Argentina. She is 11 years old. Here's how she explained why she entered the contest:

I participated because I realized that composting is something interesting. I had not realized that throughout my life I have been composting a lot, because since I was a little girl I have been separating waste. My dad talks to me a lot about compost, and he tells me that when he was little he didn't separate the organic or prepare the compost. It seems crazy to me because then fruits and vegetables were less healthy. I think it's weird to throw a banana peel in the trash.  The concept of my video is that composting is a circular thing, it starts and if you continue it never ends. To make this video I got help from a friend who is 11-years-old and my little sister who is 6. You can watch Magna's winning video HERE.

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