Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

16 October 2021

World Food Day

Get creative!

World Food Day Poster Contest (Age 5-19)

If you’re between the ages 5 to 19, we want you to use your imagination and create a poster of a food journey.

An agri-food system is a complex term but they are a part of our daily lives, every time we eat. The system covers the many different steps our food takes from the moment it’s grown and harvested all the way to when it’s transported, distributed, eaten or disposed of. It includes all the people, activities and choices that play a part in getting us food and agricultural products.

Take a photo or scan your poster and submit your entry by filling out the form on our website. The deadline is 5 November 2021.

Three winners in each age category will be selected by our jury and announced here in December. Winners will be promoted by FAO offices around the world and receive a surprise gift bag and Certificate of Recognition.

To participate, you must be age 5 - 19. The deadline for entries is 5 November 2021.

To start making agri-food systems more sustainable, we need to appreciate all the energy and resources they use. We need to value the great efforts of food heroes to provide food and agricultural products, despite the many challenges they face. And by doing so, we can learn to become food heroes ourselves, opting for a more sustainable choices.

Everything is connected – what we choose to eat and what in turn is produced, the way we eat food and the health of our planet.

Peter Rabbit has some simple actions to get you started! 

Activity book

Activity Book

Do you want to know more about food journeys and the fascinating world behind food and agriculture? Read the World Food Day Activity Book to learn more about it before entering the Poster contest.


  1. The Contest is open to children and youth between the ages of 5 and 19, living anywhere in the world.
  2. The age to declare in the entry form is the one at the time of entering the Contest. Minors must have the permission of their parents or legal guardians to participate in the Contest.

  1. Participation is free of charge.
  2. The entry period will begin at 12:00 (CEST) on Thursday 10 June 2021 and will close at 12:00 (CEST) on Friday, 5 November 2021.
  3. The competition is divided into the following categories: 5 to 8, 9 to 12, 13 to 15, and 16 to 19.
  4. Only one entry should be submitted per person. Multiple entries from one person will result in disqualification. 
  5. Poster entries may be drawn, painted or sketched using pens, pencils, crayons or charcoal, or using oil, acrylic or watercolour paint, as well as mixed media. Digitally created artwork is also permitted. No photographs are allowed.
  6. Poster entries may or may not include text. If text is used, no more than 25 words or 100 characters can be accepted.
  7. All artwork must be original and should not include photographic images of the Contestant or other personal information. 
  8. All participants are encouraged to read about the World Food Day theme in the World Food Day Activity Book. Younger children may want to learn together with a parent or teacher. 
  9. Posters can only be submitted using the entry form provided. All fields in the Contest entry form must be completed and after uploading the poster design, the ENTER button must be clicked. Younger children may need help from an adult in making their online submission. 
  10. Only digital files saved as a JPEG will be accepted and submissions must be made through the online form provided – please do not send in physical posters. 

  1. 15 posters in each category (60 posters) will be selected for the shortlist by the screening committee and notified in December 2021.  Shortlisted candidates will receive a certificate for this achievement.
  2. Three winning poster designs will be selected as finalists by a jury in each category.
  3. The top three poster designs in all categories will be announced on the World Food Day website.
  4. Winners will be promoted on FAO social media and by FAO offices around the world.  
  5. Winners will also receive a Certificate of Recognition and a surprise gift bag.
  6. In the event that any of the selected winner(s) of any prize is/are ineligible in accordance with these Contest rules and/or the General Rules, Copyright and Privacy, cannot be traced, or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and it will be in the sole discretion of FAO to choose whether to award the prize to another eligible entry.
  7. When winning posters are published, only the first initial, full family name and country of origin will be published. No other personal information about the Contestants will be published or shared.

Read more about the General Rules, Copyright and Privacy here.