The World Food Prize Foundation

Announcing the Inaugural World Food Prize Poster Contest


The World Food Prize announced today 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 9-12.

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 October 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, October 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. 

Important Dates: 

  • Submission Open Date: January 29
  • Submission Deadline: May 31, 2019
  • Decision Announced: July 1, 2019
  • Iowa Hunger Summit: October 14, 2019

Official Guidelines:

  1. Fee: Free!
  2. Entries per person: Entries are limited to ONE SUBMISSION PER ARTIST.
  3. Submitting entry: 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.
  4. Design: 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.
  5. Only original artwork will be considered
  6. Posters that include personal or corporate information or product/political endorsements will not be considered. 
  7. Copyrighted Images/Subjects: Copyrighted, trademarked products, packaging, brand names and advertisements may not be used within the poster. 
  8. Electronic Resolution and Format: Artwork is to be submitted in electronic format with a resolution of 300 dpi and in jpg or png format. Poster should measure 13” wide X 18” high and be vertical (portrait) in orientation. Students may submit artwork at
  9. Final poster: 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.

ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE: The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, the World Food Prize has honored 48 outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions throughout the world. The World Food Prize annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium and a variety of youth education programs to help further the discussion on cutting-edge global food security issues and inspire the next generation to end hunger.



Nicole Barreca, Director of Communications and Events
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