After a very difficult decision, the winning poster of IFEX's International Day to End Impunity poster contest has been chosen to represent the day from now on.
Jamie Javier, a Philippines-based designer, wins the first prize, of US$500, for an entrancing design of newsprint birds fleeing a cage made of guns that is topped with a grenade. "End Impunity. Free Expression," the poster reads. Stefanos Michaelides from Greece came in second place and will be awarded $250 and Michelle Flunger from Germany wins the third-place prize of $100.
After receiving an overwhelming amount of submissions (nearly 300!), IFEX had an independent committee select the top 40 entries to be voted on by the public. Out of these top 40, the posters with the most votes ("likes" on Facebook) determined the top 10 finalists, from which the IFEX Clearing House selected the winners. The selection criteria were based on their popularity, originality and relevance to the issue of impunity.
Poster entries from 55 different countries were submitted to the contest, which was launched in early October. Entrants from some of the countries most affected by impunity, including Mexico, Philippines and Egypt, were among the top 10 in terms of number of designers submitting entries. Numerous entries also came from the US, Canada, UK, Greece, Portugal, Croatia, Bolivia and Italy.