WIHS 2011 Poster Contest

2011 Poster Contest has ended.  

Attention Artists ... Let the horses inspire you!
The Washington International Horse Show is seeking an
original poster design for the 53rd annual horse show.

Deadline extended to July 31, midnight!

Entries are now being accepted for the 2011 WIHS poster contest. If you are a US-based artist or aspiring artist, either amateur or professional, 18 years or older, we welcome your submission. A maximum of three entries per artist will be allowed. No entry fee is required. Entries should be inspired by the Washington International Horse Show and reflect an equestrian or horse theme. Artists also should consider the event’s longstanding ties to Washington, DC.  Details below.

The winning entry in the 2010 poster contest was designed by Dagmar Cosby of Virginia

washington international 2010 poster contest winner by dagmar cosby

ELIGIBILITY: The poster contest is open to US-based artists, both amateur and professional, 18 years or older. A maximum of three entries per artist will be accepted. There is no entry fee. 

THEME: Entries should be inspired by the WIHS and reflect an equestrian or horse theme. Artists also should consider the event’s longstanding ties to Washington, DC.

SPECIFICATIONS:  The poster design must be original and may be in any medium suitable for duplicating on posters and souvenir merchandise. Format may be vertical or horizontal. (Final published size will be 24" x 30" including text.) Text is not a requirement of the design, however, some artists like to include it as part of their design.   

JUDGING: The Washington International Horse Show will select a panel of qualified judges to review the submissions and select a winner. The winning artist will be notified no later than August 15, 2011.

AWARDS: The winning artist will receive significant publicity, including a press release and social media promotion, a special page in our Official Souvenir Program, 100 posters and a package of three of each of all other items produced with the winning design, a poster unveiling media event, plus four weeklong passes to the show. If desired, the winning artist also may have a booth space at the 2011 WIHS, Oct. 25-30, to display and sell artwork (including, at the option of the artist, the original artwork for the poster, but excluding other printed or souvenir items). The artist does not receive a monetary award.

CONDITIONS: The artist retains the original artwork and gives the Washington International Horse Show a one-time right of reproduction that includes a WIHS poster run (1,000) and reproduction of the image or portion on selected souvenir items. The artist agrees to sign 100 posters before September 15, 2011, which will be sold at a higher price (usually $30 unsigned; $100 signed). Should the winning artist so choose, he or she may donate the original artwork to the WIHS Silent Auction. If so, a tax donation letter will be provided.  

DEADLINE: The deadline for entries is 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2011. EXTENDED to July 31, 2011. midnight!

ENTRY SUBMISSION:  Artists must complete an official online entry form for each poster design submitted (maximum of three entried allowed per person).

Artists must submit photos (prints or digital files) of their poster design (not slides; not original art) by the deadline, either by email (preferred) or mail.    

  • By Email: email entry to wihsposter@gmail.com. On email subject line, include your name and the title of your poster design entry (ex. Jane Doe, "Jumper"), which was submitted in online entry form
  • By Mail: mail a disk containg a PDF of your poster design entry and the title of your artwork as it was submitted in online entry form, and mail to Poster Contest, Washington International Horse Show, 3299 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC. 20007. Tel: 202-525-3679.

Entries must be received by the deadline: Sunday, July 31, 2011 at midnight. Each entry must be labeled with the artist’s name and poster title. An official online entry form must be submitted for each poster entry. 

The winning entry will be notified by August 15, and will have until August 30, 2011, to finalize the poster and send it to WIHS. The artwork will be scanned and printed in September.