2019 Wunderbar Together Poster Contest


In commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, in cooperation with several academic departments at Western Carolina University, is generously sponsoring a poster contest for university students in Western North Carolina. The theme of this year’s poster contest is “Tearing Down Walls.”


Submission Deadline:  Monday, November 4th, 11:59pm


Poster Display & Voting:  November 9, 2019, WCU, McKee 121, 2pm-2:30pm. Contestants must be present to win.


Poster Theme:  “Tearing Down Walls”


Eligibility:  Contestants must be currently enrolled college students from the Western North Carolina region.


Format:  Posters must be submitted in electronic format only (pdf, eps, jpg, tiff, png, gif) and file size must not exceed 22 MB. Resolution should be 300-600 dpi, with color mode set to “CMYK” for optimal color fidelity in print. For paintings and drawings, we suggest photographing your art with a high-quality camera in optimal lighting conditions. Make double sure any images or photos used in the poster are either yours or are free of copyright. Posters containing copyrighted images will be disqualified. Contestants retain ownership of their work but grant WCU and the German embassy the right to use the image, as well as the contestants’ names, likeness, and school affiliations for promotional purposes.   


Size: The maximum size is 12x18 inches (portrait or landscape) with .25” to .50” margins on all sides (no ‘bleed’). When printed, the margins will be white. The aspect ratio for this size is: 1.50:1


Eligibility:  Contestants must be currently enrolled college students from the Western North Carolina region. All majors are welcome to participate.


Prizes:   The winners will be awarded either cash, check, or gift card for:

  • 1st Place:    $80
  • 2nd Place:   $40
  • 3rd Place:    $30


Judging:  After the submission deadline, judges will select 10-15 finalists according to the following criteria: visual impact, persuasiveness, overall message, originality. Finalists’ posters will be printed and displayed at the event on Nov. 9th, and the prize winners will be selected by student voting at the event.



To enter the contest, email your poster file from your official student email account to professor Will Lehman  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by the deadline 11:59pm on Monday, Nov. 4th.  Late submissions will not be accepted. Finalists will be notified on Wednesday, Nov 6th.


The decisions of the judges in all matters are final.