May 28th, 2013
WORLD FOOD DAY POSTER CONTEST 2013
‘Healthy Food Systems’
WORLD FOOD DAY
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been observing World Food Day since 1981, as a way of raising public awareness of world food problems and creating solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The theme of World Food Day 2013 is “Sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition.”
WHAT IS A FOOD SYSTEM?
Food systems encompass all activities connected with food: growing, harvesting, processing, transport, distribution, marketing, preparing, eating and even throwing away unused food. A sustainable food system is one that functions without harming the environment, gives farmers a fair return for their efforts, minimizes food losses and waste, and ensures that everyone has access to enough nutritious food.
WHAT IS THE WORLD FOOD DAY POSTER CONTEST?
FAO and the United Nations Women’s Guild in Italy sponsor the annual World Food Day international poster contest for children and youth from 5 to 17 years of age. Young people from all over the world are invited to use their imagination and artistic talent to create a poster illustrating the theme:
‘Healthy Food Systems’
The contest gives children a chance to express their ideas about food and hunger, and share their creative visions with the world. Posters may be digitally created, drawn, painted or sketched using pens, pencils, crayons or charcoal, or using oil, acrylic or watercolor paint.
WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?
Three winning posters will be selected in each of three age groups: 5-to 8-year-olds, 9-to 12-year-olds, and 13- to 17-year-olds. On World Food Day (16 October). All winners will receive the popular “EndingHunger movement” T-shirt and a Certificate of Recognition signed by a United Nations official. First-place winners will also receive a special surprise gift!
WHERE WILL THE POSTERS APPEAR?
All eligible entries will be published in a gallery on the official World Food Day website. Individual poster entries can be “liked” or shared via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. In addition, the top posters in all three categories will be promoted on both the World Food Day and EndingHunger websites and social media.
HOW DOES THE JUDGING WORK?
Posters will be judged on originality, artistic ability and expression of the theme. Each of the three age groups will be judged separately. The panel of judges will include professionals working in the arts, education and humanitarian assistance.
WHAT ARE THE CONTEST RULES?
>> Entries must be original and should not include signature, photographic images of the contestant, or other identifying information.
>> Only one entry per contestant
>> Only digital files in JPG format can be accepted.
>> Maximum allowable file size is 1.5 MB.
>> Entries must be submitted through the World Food Day Poster Contest webpage. Emailed entries will NOT be accepted.
>> Deadline for entries: 30 September 2013.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To learn more about the contest, about World Food Day, or about sustainable food systems, visit:
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) leads international efforts to end hunger. FAO helps developing countries and countries in transition to modernize and improve their agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices. Since its founding in 1945, FAO has focused particular attention on developing rural areas, which are home to 70 percent of the world’s poor and hungry people. FAO is present in over 100 countries around the world, and is headquartered in Rome, Italy. For more information: www.fao.org.
ABOUT THE UNITED NATIONS WOMEN’S GUILD
The United Nations Women’s Guild (UNWG) is a voluntary organization of women connected with the United Nations, working for the benefit of needy children around the world. The Guild, a non-profit and charitable organization, has been sustaining small programs and raising funds for children in need mainly in developing countries for over 63 years.