poster for tomorrow: death is not justice

10 October 2010
Paris, France
poster for tomorrow is an international project to promote active citizenship through the medium of design. poster for tomorrow believes that if we want to create a world we all want to live in, we must become socially conscious and take an active role in social debate. For the design community, this could be making posters on issues that affect us all.

Call for entries: now closed

10 October 2010 (10/10/10) is the World and European Day against the Death Penalty. On this day poster for tomorrow will hold 100 exhibitions in 100 cities of posters calling for universal abolition of the death sentence. Designers everywhere are invited to submit an original poster for the competition to be one of the 100 exhibited around the world.

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.

Message: The death penalty is not justice.
I don't want it done in my name, my country, or our world.

Online submission

Individuals can each submit up to ten original posters via the poster for tomorrow website. There is no charge for entry.

File size specifications are 2953×4134 pixels at 150DPI resolution.

Call for entries dates

10 April: call for entries opens
18 July: call for entries closes (12:00 pacific daylight time).

International jury

The competition is judged in two phases by two different international jury panels.

In the online jury session, posters will be reviewed by a panel of international communication professionals. They will shortlist 300/400 designs to go forward to the second phase of judging. See the full list of online jury members.

In the second phase, the live jury will pick the 100 designs that will make up the final selection. Read more about the Live Jury members.

Awards and Exhibition

The top ten designs, as chosen by the jury, will become part of the permanent collection of nine prestigious design museums worldwide.

The top 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 10 October 2010. These best 100 designs will be also be collected and published in a book to be distributed internationally.

Find out more about awards.

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For more information, please contact:

Setareh Farsi
Press Office Manager
8 Rue Myrha
75018 Paris
T: +331 5341 4161
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