Participation & Terms

Break Down the Walls!

5th International Poster Contest by Graphic Stories Cyprus
€7000 Total worth of Prizes

Without consideration, without pity, without shame
they have built great and high walls around me.
And now I sit here and despair.
I think of nothing else: this fate gnaws at my mind;
for I had many things to do outside.
Ah why did I not pay attention when they were building the walls.
But I never heard any noise or sound of builders.
Imperceptibly they shut me from the outside world.

Constantine P. Cavafy [1863 – 1933]

We are pleased to announce that the 5th International Poster Contest by Graphic Stories Cyprus, entitled “Break Down the Walls”, has been completed with great success, collecting 856 entries from 49 countries around the world! A record number for our event!

Now the jury committee, which consists of 10 distinguished designers of international reputation, has taken over. The 50 distinguished participants will be informed in person, by email on the 14th of February 2021. The official results of the contest will be announced on Friday the 21st of May 2021, when the 7th Conference on Graphic Design and Visual Communication, Graphic Stories Cyprus, will take place, during the inauguration of the exhibition.

The 5th International Poster Contest is supported by the font company Parachute Typefoundry and Frederick University with prizes of a total worth of € 7000

The countries represented in the competition are:
Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Nepal, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan


Graphic Stories Cyprus invites all the creative people to take part in the international poster contest titled “Break down the walls” and to see their work printed, by creating their own postal card. The international contest is part of the 7th Conference on Graphic Design and Visual Communication in Cyprus that will take place between 21-23 of May 2021.

The Creative Idea

“Break Down the Walls”
Today, more than ever, people feel trapped in a series of limitations that have been imposed on them without realizing when, how and why. Social exclusion, marginalization and all kinds of restrictions and discrimination for racial, political, socio-economic, religious, national, sexual orientation, cultural, disability, age, professional and other reasons put obstacles in the way of human freedom and self-disposition. These are the walls that, according to the poet Constantine Cavafy, imprison and trap every human being. The freedom we thought we had in our lives is no longer a given. The participants in the competition are invited to visualize their thoughts, ideas and concerns regarding the theme of the competition which is: “Break down the walls”. The posters they create should highlight the fact that human freedom is not a given and highlight that in order to achieve freedom we must fight and break down the walls that rise around us. Break the barriers, raise your voice, break down the walls! 

Categories & Prizes

1. International Distinction for Professional Visual Communication Designers.
Prize for the 1st winner: Parachute font package
Sponsor: Parachute Typefoundry

2. International Distinction for Higher Education Students [University or College] of Visual Communication.
Prize for the 1st winner: Parachute font package
Sponsor: Parachute Typefoundry

3. Cyprus Distinction for Higher Education Students [University or College] of Visual Communication.
Prize for the 1st winner: 30% Scholarship for the MA in Interdisciplinary Design
Sponsor: Frederick University

4. Cyprus Distinction for High School and Technical School students.
Prize for the 1st winner: 30% Scholarship for the BA undergraduate program in Graphic and Advertising Design
Sponsor: Frederick University

Prizes worth a total of €7000!

The 50 designers whose posters will be selected for the respective exhibition will have the right of a free admission to attend the lectures of the conference, on Friday, May 21st, 2021 [1 free personal invitation].

Each contestant has the right to submit up to two [2] posters.
The submission of projects can only be done electronically by email from the 1st of July until the 6th of December 2020.


1. Dimensions: The theme should be vertically designed [portrait] and delivered as a digital file. The dimensions must be 50x70cm.
2. Format / Resolution: The design should have 300dpi resolution, color mode CMYK, format .jpg
3. A prerequisite is to indicate the title of the contest in English “Break down the walls” and the “Graphic Stories” logo in some place in the poster.
4. The logo of Graphic Stories can be downloaded.
5. Each participant can submit up to two [2] posters.
6. For your participation to be valid, you will need to download, full-fill and attach, along with your poster, the participation form.

Submission Procedure

The submission of the projects starts on the 1st of July and will end on the 6th of December 2020.

Entries must be sent by email to: stating in the title of the email the category of participation as follows:
1. International participation: professional visual communication designers
2. International participation: higher education students of visual communication
3. Cypriot participation: higher education students of visual communication
4. Cypriot participation: high school and technical school students.

Higher education Students in Cyprus participate in the same time, with the same poster in both categories [2, 3].

Each file should be named following the scheme “contest_name_surname” as well as the file extension.

The e-mail, must necessarily include the following information: 

1. The subject must include the title “5th Contest GSC – Break down the walls” and the category to which the project is submitted as stated above.
2. The poster 50x70cm as mentioned above.
3. The full-filed participation form.
4. The following statement: “The elements used for the creation of my project are original and do not include third parties intellectual property. With my participation in the contest I accept the terms and conditions of the contest and I grant the rights of free use of my work to the organizers of Graphic Stories Cyprus “.


1. Entries that do NOT have all the required information filled in or do not respect the conditions of the contest will NOT be considered valid.
2. The public display of the submitted works is not allowed prior to the announcement of the winners.
3. The distinguished artists will be announced publicly on the day of the opening of the exhibition.
4. Participations whose content can be considered offensive or insulting or unrelated to the theme of the contest will not be considered valid.
5. The winners and distinguished designers grant the right of free use of their project to the organizers of Graphic Stories Cyprus, with the signature of the author.
6. The prizes will be given to the winners directly from our sponsors.
7. The organizers and the jury reserve the right to cancel the contest.
8. The submitted projects should not contain personal information of the designers.
9. The contest is open to higher education students and professional visual communication designers for the International Contest. Higher education students and students of lyceums and technical schools for the Cypriot Contest.
10. The contributors, creative contributors and the members of the jury of Graphic Stories Cyprus can not participate in the contest, volunteers are excluded.
11. The posters must be original and have not participated in another competition.


Clarifications from Frederick University regarding the Scholarships:

1. The scholarship for the undergraduate program is valid only for the first academic year provided that the applicant will enroll in a full 60 credits (ECTS) program. From the second year of study and onwards, the student can participate in the Frederick University Scholarship Program and apply for a scholarship based on his / her performance at the University.
2. The scholarship for the postgraduate program is valid for the entire duration of the studies.
3. Scholarships are valid as long as the candidates meet the admission criteria – depending on the study program. They are not transferable to other persons and cannot be combined with any other tuition reduction plan.

All valid projects received will be printed as card postal, 10x14cm, and will be given to the public of Graphic Stories Cyprus during the three-day event.

The best 50 posters will be exhibited at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and the inauguration will take place on the 21st of May 2021, after the end of the Conferences’ lectures.


Good luck!