The International Compost Awareness Week - ICAW 2022 poster contest


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The International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) Committee invites YOU to get involved in ICAW 2022. We’re looking for anyone, 9th grade (age 14) or older, interested in participating in our annual ICAW Poster Contest. The winning poster will be used to promote International Compost Awareness Week 2022 which will be held May 1 -7, 2022.


POSTER THEME: Recipe for Regeneration: Compost

Each year, the ICAW Committee chooses a new theme for the year.  For 2022, the new theme is Recipe for Regeneration: Compost. The theme highlights the overall regenerative agriculture movement and how compost and organics recycling fit into that process. Regenerative agriculture is a system that focuses on improving soil health using agricultural practices with the idea that healthier soil will lead to healthier, more nutrient-rich crops and, ultimately, less carbon in the atmosphere through increased carbon sequestration. Where does compost and organics recycling fit in? Compost, when added to farmland, gardens, yards, and other landscapes creates healthier soil and crops by providing food for soil microbes in the ground. These microbes enrich the quality of the soil while also sequestering carbon in the soil through photosynthesis, a tool for combating climate change. Just as a chef pulls together the best ingredients to create the perfect recipe, the 2022 theme, Recipe for Regeneration: Compost, focuses on the crucial role recycling our food scraps and yard trimmings plays by creating compost, which when added to soil results in a recipe that makes our food more nutritious, the air we breathe cleaner and our climate healthier overall.

This international contest runs from September 1st until November 1st, 2021 and is open to anyone age 14 or older who wishes to share their artistic creativity to promote this year’s theme. The winning poster will serve as the promotional piece, in the United States, for ICAW 2022, May 1 – 7, 2022, (ICAW is celebrated in other countries, some using a different theme). We invite EVERYONE, to join in the fun - whether or not you have celebrated or been involved in ICAW in the past, we want you to participate this year.

It’s easy to enter! Here’s how it works: The poster contest winner will have their poster reproduced and distributed to thousands nationwide. It will be the official 2022 International Compost Awareness Week poster and featured on the CREF website as well as on the US Composting Council website too. The winning “poster artist” will have their name posted on the CREF website and will be included on print materials and in press releases in association with our annual ICAW celebration. The successful poster winner will also receive a $500 prize. The contest is open to anyone 9th grade (14+) or older from anywhere in the world. This is an international contest. The winning design will be chosen by the end of November. Enter your design using the online entry form below starting September 1st. Contest ends Nov. 1st by midnight (ET).

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The contest is open to anyone 9th grade (14+) or older from anywhere in the world. This is an international contest.

Please read before you enter and make sure your poster has everything it needs.

  • Only one entry per person
  • Size is 12” wide X 18” vertical (this is in inches)
  • Resolution is 300 dpi in jpg format
  • Poster contains the theme title, Recipe for Regeneration: Compost
  • Poster contains the words International Compost Awareness Week May 1 -7, 2022
  • Do not add additional words to your poster. Only the theme and International Compost Awareness Week May 1 -7, 2022 are allowed. Any changes to those words or additions will automatically eliminate your entry.
  • If you have a photograph as part of your poster, please confirm that either you took the photo or you have obtained legal rights to use the photo.


Deadline: November 01, 2021

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The successful poster winner will receive a $500 prize.

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