Posters for Protected Persons

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law is pleased to announce the art competition ‘Posters for Protected Persons: The Geneva Conventions at 70’.

The competition aims at raising awareness of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), which is the law applicable in armed conflict, and especially the Geneva Conventions of 1949, which establish the standards of international law for humanitarian treatment in times of armed conflict.

The competition provides an alternative method of engaging people around the world with the Conventions and enables participants to use their artistic talents for the promotion of humanitarian values and norms that are binding in times of armed conflict.


About the Art Competition

The four Geneva Conventions of 1949, together with their Additional Protocols, form the core of International Humanitarian Law, which regulates the conduct in armed conflict and seeks to limit its effects. The Conventions protect people not taking part in hostilities and those who are no longer doing so.

The contest seeks to inspire participants to reflect on the realities of armed conflict, and to display in their artwork how the Geneva Conventions mitigate the effects of armed conflict. The submitted posters should therefore reflect one or more of the avenues that are provided by the Geneva Conventions, or IHL more generally, to limit the suffering of those affected by armed conflict. There are no limits to your creativity!

Information about contest dates, who can enter the competition, technical specifications about submitting artwork, prizes, judging, and copyright can be found in the competition rules.



The art competition is coordinated by the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law (KGF).

Contest Period

The contest begins on 11 November 2019 and ends on 8 December 2019.

Poster File Size and File Type

Maximum file size: 10 MB.
File type: JPEG, PNG or PDF.
File setup: Portrait orientation.


Anyone of any age can enter this competition, and it is open to all people in all countries.


Art work must be original, submitted by the artist. It should be developed such that it could be displayed in a 60 by 90 centimetres (2 feet x 3 feet) format (portrait orientation). Entries must be two dimensional using either traditional artistic methods (pens, pencils, crayons, charcoal, oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolour, etc.) or modern digital illustration process.

No entries will be accepted or considered if they are deemed to use in whole or part derivative images which could be considered plagiaristic.
Multiple entries are allowed if the design concept is different from one poster to another.
Words, text, and the KGF logo can be added on the poster submission, provided that it is relevant to the aim of the contest.

Entries should be sent via email to: Please include in the email (i) your full name, (ii) your country of origin, and (iii) the title of your artwork.

Contest Prizes

A selection committee, composed by KGF staff, will determine three winners of the contest. All entries will be judged using the same criteria: creativity, composition, theme and technique, as well as (implicit or explicit) reference to the Geneva Conventions of 1949. The winners will be announced in late December 2019. There will be three winners, who will receive a book price valued at approximately 150 Euros each.


Those making submissions agree that the KGF retains all copyrights of the materials submitted. Files sent to the contest email address should be solely images of the artwork and not contain photographic images of the contestant.


The KGF shall not be responsible for any loss or damage that may occur by entering this contest and the KGF reserves the right to make changes to the rules of the contest without prior notification.

Need some inspiration how the law is complied with in contemporary armed conflict? Check out the case-studies on the ‘IHL in Action’ database!







For questions about the contest, please send inquiries by email to:
Should your organization wish to become a contest partner, please send your query to: