The Design Loop

Love Your Body 2013 Poster Contest (Deadline: December 3, 2012)

Posted on: September 24, 2012

he National Organization for Women Foundation hosts an annual poster contest to celebrate the Love Your Body Campaign. The winning posters are featured on the website and used to promote Love Your Body events.


Before submitting posters to the contest, please look at past winners and familiarize yourself with the campaign. Winning posters will be chosen based on how well they counteract the media’s use of narrow, unrealistic, negative images of women and/or challenge advertisers that profit from women’s dissatisfaction with their bodies.

Posters should be graphically attractive and use a dynamic message. We especially look for images that demonstrate beauty is not limited by body size, body type, ethnicity, age or physical appearance. The winning posters will be displayed in schools and other public settings, so please consider this when designing your poster.

IMPORTANT: Each entry must include the artist’s full name, address, phone number, valid e-mail address and category number on the back of each poster. See the prizes section below to determine what category you are in.

Artwork: Poster should be no larger than 9″ x 12″. The poster must include the words 2013 Love Your Body Campaign and the NOW Foundation web site address,

DO NOT include a disk with your poster entry — send only hard copy, please. If you are a category winner, you may be asked for an electornic file of your poster at that time.

Artists may submit multiple posters in the same category, but may not submit posters in different categories. Category is determined by the age of the designer/artist. If submitting multiple entries, please send them all in one envelope or package.

Entries are accepted from all countries.

Only original artwork will be considered.

Copyrighted Images/Subjects: Original signed release forms are required for copyrighted images or materials. Release forms are also needed for “subjects,” whether public or private citizens. Release forms are not provided by NOW Foundation.

Some dos and don’ts:

  1. Don’t submit collages or posters that mimic ad campaigns (e.g. MasterCard “priceless” commercial) or use images of celebrities, models or others who have not granted you permision to use their image.
  2. Don’t send an electronic entry.
  3. Don’t include three-dimensional elements that cannot be reproduced on paper.
  4. Don’t mount, frame or laminate your entry.
  5. Don’t send copy larger than 9″ x 12″.
  6. Do include requested information on the back of the poster.
  7. Do put the year (2013) on your entry, not the full date (e.g. October 19, 2013).

See our frequently asked questions for more information.


Category I: $250 prize for open competition (non-student)
Category II: $200 prize for college (undergraduate or graduate student)
Category III: $150 prize for high school student
Category IV: $100 prize for elementary or middle school student

Categories apply to the age of the designer/artist.

One poster will be selected as the grand prize winner* to serve as the official 2012 Love Your Body Campaign poster and will be featured on the NOW Foundation web site. The grand prize winner will be chosen from among the four category winners and will receive an additional prize of $100.

  • *The NOW Foundation reserves the right to alter the final poster design or to reject all submissions for the final poster design. All category prizes will be awarded even if no design is accepted for the official poster.
  • All submissions become the property of the NOW Foundation and may be used for commercial purposes. No entries will be returned, so please keep all your files and/or scan your work.

All submissions must be mailed to:

NOW Foundation LYB Poster Contest
1100 H Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20005

Deadline: Postmarked December 3, 2012


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