Anfachen Award IV

The Anfachen Award is given to posters that ignite energy, inspire, stimulate and create a stir—
with unquestionable passion in its fourth year.

The Topic

The topic of Anfachen Award IV is “Water”. Deadline 15.02.2020

Concentrated Creativity

The participants are free to choose any personal, political, aesthetic or formal point of view in their approach to the assigned topic of „Water“. Photographic, paint-based, graphic and typographic works are accepted. Participation is subject to the following conditions


The best 25 posters will be selected by an international jury and then displayed on billboards in Hamburg. They confront the public on busy streets and highly frequented public places to become the subject of discussion and reflection, encouraging a broad and long-lasting debate on the subject of “Water”.


In April/May 2020, the selected posters will be visible in the Hamburg urban landscape for four weeks, after which they will ‘go on tour’. They will be displayed in other German cities such as Berlin and Frankfurt, and they will make an international impact in countries such as Russia, Turkey and the USA. Accordingly, both a German and an English version must be provided to the extent that language plays a role in the design.


15.02.2020 Deadline for submissions. (12 pm)
04.03.2020 Jury meeting
07.03.2020 The winners will be informed by e-mail of the jury’s selection of the 25 best posters.
14.04.2020 Preview opening / Vernissage of the 25 Winners in Hamburg.
14.04.–14.05.2020 The 25 selected posters of the Anfachen Award 2017 on the topic “Water” will be displayed on the streets on Hamburg and throughout the cooperation partner cities.



Christof Gassner (GER)
Annette Lucas (FRA)
Rebecca Metz (GER/CH)
Elsebeth Aasted Schanz (DNK)
Ralph Schraivogel (CH)
Viva con Aqua Arts, Roul Fiedler (GER)

Klaus Staeck (GER)

announcement as PDF


In 2016 the Anfachen Award started with "World of Women", in the second year it was dedicated to the topic "Tolerance". The third year was the topic "housing/living". With hundreds of international submissions, a top-class jury and a unique presentation in German and international public space, the poster competition not only enthuses the participants, but above all the urban public. The broad media response also helped the award from the outset to attract more attention to socio-politically explosive topics.


The entrant making the submission, hereinafter referred to as the designer, declares with the submission of all materials that s/he/they is/are entitled to dispose of the submitted materials according to the following:

  • A) the designer declares his/her consent to worldwide and perpetual unrestricted publication of the motifs in print and electronic media, as well as the representation herein described in the context of exhibitions in public space as well as in galleries and museums.
  • B) the designer transfers the simple right of use to reproduce, disseminate and publicly make available and/or reproduce the motifs / materials submitted to the Anfachen Award, as well as the right to display the exhibits. Anfachen Award is entitled to transfer these rights to a third
    party. Anfachen Award is entitled for purposes of refinancing the awards to use the transferred rights commercially, e.g. by sale of the motifs as posters, postcard fold-outs (these two forms of use limited to 3 years), and/or in the context of an exhibition catalogue.
  • C) the designer shall indemnify and hold harmless Anfachen Award from all claims made by third parties arising in connection with the transfer of rights or their use that may be made against Anfachen Award, and guarantees that the submitted works (text and image) are free from third party rights.