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Poster Contest 2016

                                                                                                          MLK Drawing by Todd Ayoung - 2015 Contest Winner


This program is sponsored by a community collaboration between
the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights and the
Tompkins County Worker's Center

Click here to download Contest Application Form.


Express in an 11x17 poster what you imagine MLK would have thought about the importance of every worker being paid a Living Wage. How might he have inspired us to get to that goal and what might the accomplished goal look like?

Contest Guidelines

  • Posters must be on 11 X 17 plain or colored paper
  • One entry per person
  • All Tompkins County residents are encouraged to enter except Human Rights Commission members, Office of Human Rights staff, and volunteer judges
  • A completed entry form must accompany submissions and be legible
  • Each entry must include a short paragraph answering the question, “Why would MLK be saying this today?” (No more than 50 words)
  • Artists may use photography, paint, marker, pencil, or computer graphics
  • No collages, wood, plastic, glass, or metal
  • No copyrighted characters, photographs and magazine or newspaper illustrations
  • All entries must include a written word component
  • Poster must be submitted flat, not rolled up
  • Poster must not be laminated
  • Posters become the property of OHR
  • Submissions not meeting the above guidelines will be disqualified

Judging Criteria

Each entry will be judged on the following criteria:

Originality of the poster and how the idea is expressed in the design is unique.

Artistic Quality: The artwork and its execution is creative.

Visual Impact: The artwork is impactful and its composition is balanced.

Impact of Written Word: The words used are relevant and reflect the legacy of MLK.

The judges’ decisions are final


Important Dates

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 8th, 2016 by
12 Noon at OHR Office, 120 W. MLK, Jr. Street, Ithaca
Winners Announced: Saturday, January 16th, 2016
Poster Exhibit:

Selected entries will be on display at the
Tompkins County Public Library
Black History Month, February 2016


Age/Award Categories

Teens: Ages 14-18
Adults: Ages 19 and up



Teens and Adults:

Each age category is awarded separately
1st Place: $250
2nd Place: $100
3rd Place: $50


Past Years

MLK Poster Contest 2015