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Death is not Justice

Call for entries

Creative Brief
We want universal abolition of the death penalty in 2010.
It’s simple. The death penalty is a violation of human rights.
Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “No one shall be subjected
to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
How does that fit with beheading, stoning, hanging, lethally injecting or shooting someone?

The problem is that there’s no going back on a death sentence. And in a world where every judicial
system makes mistakes, it’s inevitable that innocent people will be executed. Which is simply not
acceptable. More than two thirds of countries in the world agree, and have banned executions.
Sadly, shamefully, 58 still persist in killing people in the name of “justice.”

In 2009, countries with the highest number of executions were Iran (with at least 388 executions),
Iraq (at least 120), Saudi Arabia (at least 69), and the United States (52).
In China information regarding the death penalty remains a secret, but estimates show that China
executes more people than the rest of the world combined.*

But there is hope - the number of people being executed around the world appears to be declining.
And in December the United Nations will vote on a universal moratorium on the death penalty.
It’s a vital step towards abolishing the death penalty once and for all.

No matter whether you live in a country that practices capital punishment or not, we have to raise
awareness across the whole world that the death penalty is a violation of human rights that has
no place in modern society.

The death penalty is not justice. I don’t want it done in my name, my country, or our world.
Additional information
International jury
Michel Bouvet, France Alain Le Quernec, France
Chen Fang, China Saki Mafundikwa, Zimbabwe
Kiko Farkas, Brazil Ahn Sang Soo, South Korea
Zelda Harrison, USA Parissa Tashakori, Iran
Ayse Karamustafa, Turkey Lucille Tenazas, USA
Yossi Lemel, Israel Mieczyslaw Wasilewski, Poland

10 April: call for entries opens.
18 July: call for entries closes (noon pacific daylight time).

What to submit
An entry to the competition consists of a vertical poster addressing the proposed creative brief.
Participants may enter more than one poster.
Entries must be submitted as JPG files of 2953x4134 pixels at a resolution of 150DPI, saved
in RGB colour space.

How to participate
To enter, participants are asked to register to poster for tomorrow’s website and submit their
entries through the website form.

poster for tomorrow will reward the best 100 designs (as selected by the jury) by including them
in the “Death is not Justice” exhibition, to be held in 100 locations worldwide on October the 10th,
2010. A book about the exhibition will be published. 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.

Ten designs, as chosen by the jury, will become part of the permanent collection of these
prestigious design museums:
Center for the Study of Political Graphics, US Les Arts Decoratifs, France
Dansk Plakatmuseum, Denmark Museum für Gestaltung, Switzerland
Design Museum Gent, Belgium Wilanow Poster Museum, Poland
Graphic Design Museum, The Netherlands Victoria and Albert Museum, England
Lahti Poster Museum, Finland

This awards list is not to be considered definitive. In addition workshops, magazines subscriptions
and other prizes will be awarded by our sponsors.
For an up-to-date list of the awards, please visit poster for tomorrow’s website.


• *source Amnesty International

• The complete contest regulations are available on poster for tomorrow’s website.