the topic of Anfachen Awards V will be announced first of November 2020

water for everybody

The international poster competition "Anfachen Award" presents this year's 25 winning motifs on the theme of water from 28 July 2020 at a total of four locations in Hamburg.

The 25 large-format winning posters of this year's "Anfachen Award" poster competition are dedicated to the theme of water. Each of the 25 posters shows a different aspect and its own artistic approach.

These multifaceted works by international artists can be seen around the clock and on the open street from 28 July to 28 August 2020 in front of the Hamburger Kunsthalle, on Kirchenallee/Hachmannplatz, on Kennedybrücke and Am Neumarkt in Wandsbek.


Now it's your turn to join our community that appreciates the value of poster art. You are convinced of the impact of art in public space and want to see change in the world.

We need your financial support for the costs of the jury meeting in Hamburg, for the poster printing in A0 format, for the placement in public space and for the cooperation with other cities in Germany and around the world.

We thank you for small and big support!

The theme of the Anfachen Award V will be announced on 01.10.2020.

Thank you very much!

Anfachen Award Team

Initiator/conception/project management: Julia Melzner
Text/PR: Melanie Heusel
Artworks: Anfachen Award I: Marcel Häusler, Anfachen Award II: Nils Ismer, Anfachen Award III: Stefan Marx, Anfachen Award IV: Rebecca Metz,
Website: Martin Sperling, Olaf Stelze
English translation: Maren Mittenzwey
Video: Doro Carl, Jürgen Hermann, Daniel Roßberg, Julia Melzner
Fotografie: Julia Melzner




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

Klaus Staeck (GER)


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.