*DEADLINE EXTENDED* ArtWorks for Freedom with VisArts at Rockville: 2017 Juried Poster Contest Picturing Freedom

By Editorial Team on August 23, 2017

Deadline: Fri, 08 September 2017

Courtesy of Artworks for Freedom.
Deadline EXTENDED: Friday, September 15 by 11:59pm EST

Submit work here.

ArtWorks for Freedom and VisArts Call for Entries: Picturing Freedom
Picturing Freedom is a nationwide poster contest to focus attention on the global and local crime of human trafficking and modern slavery. Winning posters and selected works will be promoted and featured on Artwork for Freedom’s website as well as during their ACTION DC! awareness campaign in October 2017.

Submit up to three entries. Entries should be submitted here.

Professional category: $30.00 USD

Student category: $5.00 USD

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 people we may interact with who are exploited and forced into the commercial sex industry — forced labor touches us in ways we try not to imagine.

Artwork for Freedom invites 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. It is an opportunity to engage in one of the most important human rights issues of our day.

Artwork for Freedom challenges 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


  • 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

Jurors for the competition include:
Caroline Diemar, National Hotlines Director, Polaris

Shamere McKenzie, trafficking survivor, advocate and Anti-Trafficking Programs Director, Salvation Army and, President and Founder of Sungate Foundation which provides scholarships and educational opportunities to human trafficking survivors.

Carol Smolenski, Executive Director, ECPAT-USA

Alonzo Davis, artist, teacher, galleries and community organizer

Kate Somers, fine art consultant and director of Bernstein Gallery, Princeton

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.

Winning posters and selected works will be featured in a pop-up exhibit at a Washington DC gallery during the ArtWorks for Freedom | ACTION DC! awareness campaign in October, 2017. Opportunities also exist for additional exhibits as part of ArtWorks for Freedom on-going awareness campaigns.

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 advocacy materials, interviews, press conferences, etc. with full credit to the artist. The work may be distributed to trafficking hotspots as a tool in fighting human trafficking.

Final Formats:
The winning posters will be reproduced in a range of sizes up to 22 inches x 16 inches.

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

  • You retain copyright and artist credit will appear on any printed or virtual copy of the winning posters.

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. https://www.artworksforfreedom.org/.

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. https://www.visartscenter.org/