Ends on September 8, 2017

$30.00 USD, $5.00 USD
ArtWorks for Freedom and VisArts Call for Entries: Picturing Freedom

Picturing Freedom is a nationwide poster contest that will present winning posters on Artwork for Freedom's website as well as in a pop up exhibit in a Washington, D.C. gallery during the month of October, 2017.

The Subject: Human Trafficking. It is estimated that over 21 million people around the world are victims of forced labor of all kinds. That’s today, in 2017. From the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the goods we buy and even some of the people we meet, exploited and forced into the commercial sex industry, forced labor touches us in ways we try not to imagine.

We invite professional and student artists, illustrators and graphic designers to create visually innovative and provocative interpretations of human trafficking and the myriad issues related to its proliferation.  We challenge you to:

            • Get beyond stereotypes and clichés  

            • See victims with empathy

            • Avoid stigmatizing, sensationalizing and inauthentic imagery
            • Incorporate the National Human Trafficking phone number: 1-888-373-7888

This is an opportunity to unleash your creative imagination and address one of the most important human rights issues of our day!


Grand-prize winner: $1,000  

First prize - professional category:    $400

First prize - student category:            $200

2 Honorable mentions - professional:  $50 gift certificate each        

2 Honorable mentions – student: Art supplies

Deadline: September 8, 2017

Final deadline:  Sept 8 - 11:59 PM EDT

File Sizes and Formats:

High res files reproducible in print up to 22 (h) x 16 (w) inches (1600 x 1080 at 300 dpi, not to exceed 5 MB).  Acceptable file formats are: jpg and tiff. 


The winning posters will be featured on ArtWorks for Freedom’s website, and in  communications and publicity for ArtWorks for Freedom. They will be used for all media and press purposes, including promotional materials, interviews, press conferences, etc.


The winning poster will be reproduced in a range of sizes up to a 22 (h) x 16 (w) inches poster.

PLEASE NOTE:  By submitting a poster project, you implicitly AGREE with all of the following.

You retain copyright. However, by entering the contest, you grant ArtWorks for Freedom (and those authorized by ArtWorks for Freedom) a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any ArtWorks for Freedom purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion, its website, exhibition, and commercial products. Any poster reproduced will include the artist’s credit. ArtWorks for Freedom will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

ArtWorks for Freedom uses all forms of artistic expression to raise awareness about modern day slavery and human trafficking. Working locally and globally and engaging art in all its forms, we are transforming public perceptions, educating individuals, communities and policy makers, and inspiring action to put an end to modern day slavery.

VisArts, located in the heart of Rockville, Maryland, is a hub for the visual arts that engages nearly 30,000 visitors annually through gallery exhibitions, education programs, a studio artist program, and events. Founded in 1987, VisArts is committed to a mission of transforming individuals and communities through the visual arts.


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