An Annual Art Contest for Kids

Each year, Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace.

During the last 20 years, more than four million children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest.

Students, ages 11, 12 or 13 on November 15, are eligible to participate.

Promoting the Arts

Each year's contest consists of an original theme incorporating peace. The theme of the 2018-2019 Peace Poster Contest is "Kindness Matters." 

Participants use a variety of mediums, including charcoal, crayon, pencil and paint, to express the theme. The works created are unique and express the young artists' life experiences and culture.

Spreading Peace and International Understanding

Twenty-four international finalists are selected each year, representing the work of more than 350,000 young participants worldwide. Posters are shared globally via the Internet, the media and exhibits around the world. 


Each poster is judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme.

Posters advance through several judging levels: local, district, multiple district and international. At the international level, judges from the art, peace, youth, education and media communities select one grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners.

This international contest is an opportunity for Lions Clubs to work with young people in their community to stress the importance of peace, tolerance and international understanding. Contest is open to children who will be 11, 12 or 13 on 15 November each year and will be asked to create a poster that visually communicates the contest theme.

Peace Poster Kits can be purchased between 15 January and 30 September from the

Lions Clubs National Office
PO Box 691
Orewa 0946

Kits provide information on the contest’s theme, entry details, rules and conditions and opportunities for publicity.

Contest Deadlines

30 September Deadline for ordering Peace Poster Kits from Multiple District Office (see above).

15 November Postmark deadline for a club to send one winning poster to the District Governor.

1 December Postmark deadline for a District Governor to send one winning poster to the MD Council Chairman.

15 December Postmark deadline for the MD Council Chairman to send one winning poster to the Public Relations Department at International headquarters.

1 February International winners will be notified on or before this date

One international grand prize winner will receive US$5,000 and a trip to a special award ceremony with the sponsoring club president and two family members at Lions Day with the United Nations (subject to change).  Each of the 23 merit award winners will receive a cash award of US$500 and a certificate of achievement.

NB: Entries that do not meet deadlines will be disqualified

Click here for the competition rules.

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