World Food Day Poster Contest 2016

Our everyday actions and decisions all have an impact on the climate. Climate change is affecting our planet and changing our world. It’s causing more natural disasters and environmental problems, which make it harder for us to grow food. Growing food is part of the problem too, as we have been taking shortcuts and harming our planet more so as to produce what we need to survive. In order to feed a growing population, set to reach 9.6 billion by the year 2050, we’ll need to learn to grow what we need in a way that doesn’t continue to damage the planet.

The World Food Day poster contest calls on children and teens from 5-19 to use their imaginations and express their ideas on the World Food Day theme: "Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too."

Three winners in each age category will be selected by our jury. The results will be announced on the World Food Day website and FAO social media during the official celebration of World Food Day in Rome on 14 October 2016. Winners will also be promoted by FAO offices around the world, featured in an exhibition at FAO headquarters in Rome during World Food Week (10-16 October 2016), and will receive a surprise gift bag and Certificate of Recognition.

To participate, you must be age 5 - 19. The deadline for entries is 30 September 2016.

Who can take part?

  1. The Contest is open to children and youth between the ages of 5 and 19, living anywhere in the world.
  2. The age to declare in the entry form is the one at the time of entering the Contest. Minors must have the permission of their parents or legal guardians to participate in the Contest.

How to take part 

  1. Participation is free of charge.
  2. The entry period will begin at 12:00 (CEST) on Wednesday 25 May 2016 and will close at 12:00 (CEST) on Friday, 30 September 2016.
    1. The competition is divided into three categories: ages 5 to 8, ages 9 to 12 and ages 13 to 19.   
    2. Only one entry should be submitted per person. Multiple entries from one person will result in disqualification. 
    3. Poster entries may be drawn, painted or sketched using pens, pencils, crayons or charcoal, or using oil, acrylic or watercolour paint, as well as mixed media. Digitally created artwork is also permitted. No photographs are allowed.
    4. Poster entries may or may not include text. If text is used, the following languages are permitted: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Italian.
    5. All artwork must be original and should not include photographic images of the Contestant or other personal information. 
    6. All participants are encouraged to read about the World Food Day theme. Younger children may want to learn together with a parent or teacher. 
    7. Posters can only be submitted using the entry form provided. All fields in the Contest entry form must be completed and after uploading the poster design, the SUBMIT button must be clicked. Younger children may need help from an adult in making their online submission. 
    8. Working on an A4 sheet or an 8 ½ inches by 11 inches sheet is recommended, to make it easier for you to scan and upload your poster design. If your poster is larger, you may have to take a digital photo of the work and upload the photo file. 
    9. Only digital files saved as a JPEG will be accepted and submissions must be made through the online form provided – please do not send in physical posters. 
    10. Only the shortlisted contestants will be notified by email by 10 October 2016.

More information can be found on the FAO website: