Poster Competition

20th International Fair Poster Competition - Call for entries

The annual International Fair Poster Competition celebrates the best posters produced by tradeshow organisers around the world.

Launched by International Fair Plovdiv in 1997, the Competition has been run together with UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, since 2003. Today it is widely recognised as the global award for excellence in exhibition poster creation.

International Fair Plovdiv is happy to host the jury in 2016, and will coordinate the judging of poster entries.

UFI members are invited to submit their finest posters – whether they promote a specific exhibition, or the industry as a whole.

All posters will be displayed at the International Technical Fair 2016 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from 26 September to 1 October. At this event, the winners will be selected by an international jury of renowned graphic designers and artists, UFI representatives, and exhibition industry experts.

The winners will be honoured at a prestigious award ceremony during the 2016 UFI Congress in Shanghai and benefit from complimentary admission to the entire Congress.

Winning posters are promoted throughout the exhibition industry thanks to UFI’s website and active presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. They also gain significant press coverage in UFI Info and other major international tradeshow publications.

Tempted to take part? Please complete the attached application form and submit it by email before 10 June 2016. We look forward to receiving your entries!

In 2015, 68 posters were submitted by trade fair organisers from 18 countries. View all posters by award-winners and runners-up in past editions online.

2016 Participation Regulations

1. The Competition is open to UFI members only.
2. Participation is free of charge.
3. Each poster can be submitted in either of two categories:
         Category 1 – Generic promotion. General image posters promoting the exhibition industry as a whole;
         or Category 2 – Event posters related to a specific fair or exhibition.
4. Each company can submit an unlimited number of posters.
5. The minimum size of poster entries is 50 x 70 cm.
6. Only posters created for exhibition events during the three-year period from 2014 to 2016 are eligible to apply.
7. Posters already submitted in previous editions of the International Fair Poster Competition will not be considered.
8. The entry deadline is 10 June 2016.
9. The jury will evaluate all eligible posters based on the following assessment criteria:
      - Interpretation of the exhibition topic;
      - Design concept;
      - Integrity and original presentation of the event’s technical parameters, dates, venue, exhibition name, etc.
10. Applicants shall complete an application form for each poster.
11. Each poster shall be submitted in three hard copies to International Fair Plovdiv at the address below:
            Marketing Dept.
            Emil Zahariev
            37, Tzar Boris III Obedinitel Blvd.
            4003 Plovdiv, BULGARIA

In addition, each poster shall be emailed in jpg format to Emil Zahariev and Angela Herberholz,

12. Participation in the 2016 International Fair Poster Competition automatically grants UFI and International Fair Plovdiv the right to reproduce the posters for the purposes of the Competition and its award ceremony or for the sole purpose of promoting the International Fair Poster Competition.

the brochure
the Application Form

The 2015 edition's winner are:
1st Place
Messe Frankfurt
with their entry “Creative World”

         2nd Place
Mashad International Exhibition Company
 with their entry “ElectroWater”

- Messe Duesseldorf with their entry “Out of the Box – Festival for shoes and accessories”;
- Fiera Bolzano with their poster series “Interpoma, Biolife and Hotel”; (3 posters)
- Belgrade Fair with their poster series “The place where men cry of happiness”; (4 posters)
- UBM India with their entry Concrete “Show India”
IFEMA, Fiera de Madrid with their entry “Salon Look Internacional”

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