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Lions International Peace Poster and Peace Essay

Lions International Peace Poster and Peace Essay

2020-2021 contest theme: Peace Through Service


Contact details

Contact: Lions Clubs International British Isles (MD105) head office
Telephone: 0121 441 4544  [Office hours are 9:00am to 5.00pm between Monday to Friday]
Email: mdhq@lionsclubs.co.uk

Key information

The theme of this year’s Lions International Peace Poster provides young people (aged 11-13) with the opportunity to express their visions of peace through the lens of service.

Students ages 11, 12 or 13 as of November 15 are eligible to participate in the International Peace Poster and Peace Essay Contests.

Peace essay contest

Created to give an opportunity for visually impaired young people to express their feelings of peace, the International Essay Contest is a staple of Lions clubs around the world. Lions work with local schools and area families to identify young people who are interested in participating and who could benefit from this program. One grand prize winner will receives an award and US$5,000.

Each essay must be submitted with a completed entry form. Essays must be no longer than 500 words in length, submitted in English, typed in black ink and double-spaced.

Peace poster contest

For over three decades, Lions clubs around the globe have been sponsoring a very special art contest in schools and youth groups. More than four million young people from 100 countries worldwide have taken part in the contest.

Creating peace posters gives children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. The young artists are free to use a variety of art mediums. They are encouraged to portray their life-experiences and culture in responding to the theme.

Every Lions club is encouraged to engage with young people in thier community to sponsor a Peace Poster contest entry.

Purchasing a Peace Poster pack

Lions clubs need to order a Peace Poster pack to enter the contest. Peace poster kits may be purchased from the MD105 head office (available from 15 January to 1 October). The Peace Poster kit and Essay Poster kit each cost £14.00 plus £1.95 for postage.

Each kit contains:

  • Official club contest guide and rules
  • Official school or youth group contest guide and rules
  • Participant flyer to duplicate and give to participating students to take home
  • Sticker to place on back of winning poster
  • Certificates for contest winner and school or youth group

Peace Poster judging

Each poster is judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme. Entries advance through several judging levels: local, district, multiple district and international.

All district winners need to be received at Lions Clubs International (MD105) British Isles office by 1 December. An overall multiple district winner is then selected, and submitted for the international judging stage.

At the international level, judges from the art, peace, youth, education and media communities select one grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners.

Current and previous winners

The current global winner of the Lions International Peace Essay is Joseph Critchlow, sponsored by the City of Liverpool Lions Club.

The Spring 2020 LION Magazine features the winning Peace Essay (page 25) and current district winners of the Peace Poster from MD105 (pages 22-23):

Global winners

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