Each fall our club runs the Lions Clubs International Peace Poster and Peace Essay Contest in the Greater Mississauga Area. 

The contest theme is changed each year, and is announced in June at www.lionsclubs.org/peaceposter.

The theme for our 2022-2023 contest is "Lead with Compassion".

The Contest is open to students who will be 11, 12 or 13 years of age on November 15th of the current year.  Proof of Birth date is required.

General contest guidelines for each contest may be found below.

Inquiries regarding these contests can be directed to peacepostercontest@lionscentral.com.

One international grand prize winner will receive an award and US$5,000.

Watch these brief videos to learn more about the contest and its impact:
Our 2018-2010 Grand Prize winner – his story
The Global Impact of the Peace Poster Contest over 25 years
2017-18 Peace Poster Grand Prize Winner ZhouQi Wang describes her poster and her hopes for its impact (at the United Nations)

Peace Poster Contest Guidelines

Artwork must be no smaller than 13 inches by 20 inches (33 centimeters by 50 centimeters) and no larger than 20 inches by 24 inches (50 centimeters by 60 centimeters).  Do not mat or frame artwork.

Only one entry per student per year, and each entry must be the work of only one student. Works submitted by each school will assessed and one winner will be selected.  Winners work will then be forwarded to the contest at the Lions Clubs District level (Greater Toronto / Hamilton Area) and if a work is chosen there it will move on to the Multiple District Level (All of Ontario), then on to our Constitution level (All of Canada), then onto the International level. 

All artwork must be the individual student's original creation.  Duplications are not accepted. There is no limit to the number of entries that each school may submit.

All media are accepted.  Note: Chalk, charcoal and pastel entries should be sealed with a fixative spray to prevent smearing.  Do not laminate entries.  Note: Electronic works done with a computer program are submittable for club voting, however works that will be judged at the District, Multiple District and International levels will need to be provided in hard copy at the size dimensions detailed here to be accepted for judging at these higher levels of the contest.

Three-dimensional entries will not be accepted.  Nothing may be glued, stapled or attached to the artwork in any way.

The use of lettering or numbering on the front of the poster, in any language, is not allowed.  All artist signatures or initials should be written on the back of the poster. 

Artwork should be done on a flexible material, so it can be rolled for shipping in a mailing tube.  Do not fold poster.
Submission date to be announced by the club conest administrator in September of each year.

Participants accept all responsibility for late, lost, misdirected or illegible entries.  Lions Clubs International is not responsible for entries damaged, destroyed or lost during the judging process.  Entries cannot be acknowledged or returned; they become property of Lions Clubs International upon receipt.  Peace Poster Contest images cannot be used without written permission from Lions Clubs International.

Visually Impaired Young Person - Peace Essay Contest Guidelines

Essays must be no longer than 500 words, submitted in English, typewritten in black ink and double spaced.

Each essay must be submitted with a completed entry form. Essays submitted without completed entry forms will be disqualified.

Only one entry per student per year, and each entry must be the work of only one student.

Essay entries cannot have already been published.

Any essays found to be plagiarized will be disqualified, and the student will be prohibited from entering any future Lions competitions.

Only a Lions club can sponsor the contest. The contest may be sponsored in a local school or organized, sponsored youth group, or individuals may be sponsored as well.

In consideration for the opportunity to enter the Peace Poster or Peace Essay Contest, participants agree to allow Lions Clubs International to use their names and photographs for promotional and publicity purposes.  In addition, the international grand prize winner, two family members (one being a parent or legal guardian) and the sponsoring club president or a club member (as designated by the sponsoring club president) are required to attend the award ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations.  An international grand-prize winner is not eligible to receive subsequent prizes in future Peace Poster contests sponsored by Lions Clubs International.  By entering, participants agree to be bound by these rules and the decisions of the judges and Lions Clubs International.
Lions Clubs International may cancel the contest without notice at any time.  The contest is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

District A-711 Contest Judging

All posters and Essay submissions must be received by our club's Peace Poster Chairperson Lion Jeffrey Friedman on or before 5:00 PM Friday October 28, 2022 to be judged.  Contact peacepostercontest@lionscentral.com

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