The World Food Prize recently announced the creation of the “Norman Borlaug World Food Prize Day” poster contest. This free contest is open to public, private, home school and parochial high school students across the state of Iowa currently in grades 9 through 12.

World Food Prize President Ambassador Kenneth Quinn said, “Art has the exceptional capacity to inspire and recognize great breakthrough achievements in confronting and diminishing hunger in the world. I therefore urge high school art students to create and submit an original artwork to this competition.”

Each year on Oct. 16 the World Food Prize Foundation recognizes World Food Day in conjunction with Dr. Norman E. Borlaug/World Food Prize Day in Iowa. The poster contest winner will have their poster reproduced and distributed statewide, and introduced at the 2019 Iowa Hunger Summit, Oct. 14.

The winning art piece will be used as the focal point of the 2019 Borlaug Day poster and shared with classrooms across the state to educate and inspire students to emulate the passion and commitment of our state’s great humanitarian hero, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Father of the Green Revolution, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, and aspire to be Iowa’s #NextNorm.

Submission deadline is May 30.

Decision will be announced July 1.

Iowa Hunger Summit is Oct. 14.

There is no charge to enter.

Entries are limited to one submission per artist.

Students must complete the online entry form application and submit their poster online. Students will be asked to include a short paragraph on their piece and why they feel that it best honors Dr. Borlaug’s legacy. When creating the poster, students are encouraged to remember that the winning poster will be reproduced and distributed nationally and internationally.

All students interested in participating can submit their own unique piece of 2D art that encapsulates their vision of the future of food, agriculture and food security with the hope of instilling inspiration for their peers to move towards careers that will support the global initiative of a food secure world.

Only original artwork will be considered.

Posters that include personal or corporate information or product/political endorsements will not be considered.

Copyrighted, trademarked products, packaging, brand names and advertisements may not be used within the poster.

Artwork is to be submitted in electronic format with a resolution of 300 dpi and in jpg or png format. Poster should measure 13 inches wide by 18 inches high and be vertical (portrait) in orientation. Students may submit artwork at

The World Food Prize Foundation reserves the right to alter the final poster design or to reject all submissions for the final poster design. All submissions become the property of the World Food Prize Foundation and may be used for commercial purposes. No entries will be returned.

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