9th International Reggae Poster Contest® 2024

Jamaican roots of hip-hop


Creative Brief

On the 50th anniversary of hip-hop in 2023, the International Reggae Poster Contest celebrates the innovative Clive Campbell, aka DJ Kool Herc, who laid the foundation of the genre. Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1955, Campbell migrated at the age of 12 to the Bronx, New York. He took with him knowledge of the sound system and the musical styles of old-school Jamaican DJs like U-Roy, King Stitt and Count Matchuki. Herc rapped over riddims and experimented with the instrumental break. He created the breakbeat – the heart and soul of hip-hop. The Contest invites entries on all aspects of hip-hop, from its sturdy roots in Jamaica to its massive branches across the globe.

Competition dates are as follows:

Submissions open: November 1, 2023.
Submissions close: March 10, 2024.
Voting dates: March 16 to May 11, 2024.
Announcement of winners: June 1, 2024

The top 100 posters will be selected by a jury panel of international design professionals.


Entry specifications

– Portrait format poster addressing the creative brief.

– Posters may be designed by a single author or by a team.

– Designs submitted to the contest must be original artworks that are previously unpublished.
The designs must consist entirely of the authors’ own work and must not include any copyrighted material.

– Participants may submit up to 6 different posters.

– Designs must be presented in vertical format. Landscape (horizontal) format entries will not be considered valid for the competition.

– Designs may contain our logo if they wish. You may download it from here:

– Designs must not be signed by the author or bear any other distinguishing marks.


Technical requirements

– Entries must be submitted as JPG files of 700×980 pixels at a resolution of 72DPI, saved in RGB colour space.
– If you are selected, we will ask you to send us by email a high-resolution file. Therefore, your original file should be of 5906×8268 pixels at a resolution of 300DPI, saved in CMYK colour space (corresponding to 50×70 cm in printed size).


RIGHTS GRANTED: Artists/Designers will retainall rights to their original posters art. The International Reggae Poster Contest shall have the right to reproduce and distribute to third parties a limited edition (fewer than 150 copies) poster copy of each winning entry in a format of 50cm x 70cm. The International Reggae Poster Contest shall have the right to reproduce and distribute to third parties the posters in the International Reggae Poster Contest catalogue/book in unlimited quantities and also for exhibition proposes.