Energy in Hamburg's streets – poster exhibition Anfachen Award VII now on display

From 28 June 2023, the large-format winning posters of the Anfachen Award VII will be on dis-play
in public squares and streets in Hamburg, showing what international designers have to say on the subject of energy.

Hamburg, 19.06.2023 - Creative and committed poster design on the topic of energy – this is what the Anfachen Award VII competition invited with a huge response: From a total of 537 submissions from 39 countries, the international jury, under the patronage of Klaus Staeck, had to select
to choose the 25 winning motifs this year. As always, the names and origins of the poster design-ers were unknown to them. The list of names of the winners is correspondingly international. The political poster competition, which has already become an institution in Hamburg, thus provides versatile and diverse perspectives on the topic of energy, which is currently shaping political dis-course like no other.
The jury member 2xGoldstein is also satisfied with the entries and the selection process.
"The fact that activism always finds its visual equivalent in the poster can be seen again this year in the submissions for the Anfachen Award. The selection of the 25 posters impressively shows what
designers worldwide have to say on the subject of energy. Thanks to the nuanced composition of
the jury (illustrator, art director, painter and designer), the exciting the exciting selection process went smoothly."
The poster exhibition Anfachen Award VII can be seen from 28.06.2023 in the public space of the Hanseatic city at the following locations – Hamburger Kunsthalle, in the Kirchallee behind the main station, next to the Reesendamm bridge, on the Jungfernstieg, Kennedybrücke and Reeper-bahn.

This unique exhibition concept in public space will kick off with an energy parade.
energy parade: The winning posters in A0 are carried by young people as a mobile exhibition from the
Reesendamm Bridge past City Hall, along Mönckebergstrasse past the main train station, and in front of the Hamburg Kunsthalle, where the opening ceremony will take place.

This unique exhibition concept in public space will be kicked off by an energy parade.
The winning posters in A0 will be carried by young people as a mobile exhibition from the
Reesendamm bridge past the City Hall, along Mönckebergstraße past the main train station and in front of the Hamburg Kunsthalle, where the opening ceremony will take place.

The winners of the Anfachen Award VII

Caren Augustin (GER)
Alja Budja (AUT)
Xindi Gao (CHN)
Chiara Jacobs (GER)
Pia Höhfeld (GER)
Jannis Hunger (GER)
Wenjie Huo (CHN)
Alexis Karamanidis-Boldt (GER)
Valerie Kemper (GER)
Alicja Kultys (POL)
Daniel Mirau (GER)
Ayseguel Patir (GER)
Olivier Ploux (FR) 2x
Marie Radtke (GER)
Iven Sohmann (GER) 2x
Claudio Sotolongo (CUB)
Dominik Straka (GER)
Yankun Wang (CHN) 2x
Reuxn Yao (GBR) 2x
Xuwei Zhang (CHN)
Jiacheng Zhou (CHN)


Anfachen VII, too, is about the basics. This time we want to see how you perceive, interpret and artistically render the idea of Energy!


You are free to choose from which personal, political, aesthetic or formal angle you want to approach the subject of „energy“. We accept photographic, painted, graphic and typographic works. With your participation you accept the following conditions.


The 25 best posters will be selected by an international jury and will first be displayed in Hamburg. They will confront the public in busy streets and highly frequented squares, become a subject of discussion and reflection, and thus encourage a broad and sustained debate on the topic.


artwork © Erick Ginard


June1 Jury exhibition
June 28, 2023 Opening of poster exhibition in the streets of Hamburg (please monitor on website and social media).
from August 2023 posters can be shown worldwide if cooperation partners are found


Larissa Bertonasco (GER), Erick Ginard (MEX), Haika Hinze (GER), Zhiyi Liu (GER/CN), 2xGoldstein (GER), Arseniy Zhukavin (RUS), patron: Klaus Staeck (GER)


Thank you to all our supporters and cooperationspartners

Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Jerwitz GmbH; Behörde für Kultur und Medien; Zentralbibliothek der Bücherhallen Hamburg; Dänisches Plakatmuseum in Aarhus, Christinetti



2016 startete der Anfachen Award mit dem Thema „Frauen“, im zweiten Jahr widmete er sich dem Thema „Toleranz“, im dritten „Wohnen“, im vierten Jahr „Wasser“, im fünften Jahr „Demokratie“
und im sechsten Jahr den Themen „Natur“ und „Menschlichkeit“. Mit hunderten von internationalen Einreichungen, renommierten Jurys und einer einzigartigen Präsentation zunächst in Hamburg und dann in weiteren deutschen und internationalen Städten begeistert der Plakatwettbewerb nicht nur die Teilnehmer:innen, sondern vor allem das Publikum im öffentlichen Raum. Auch die breite Medienresonanz half dem Award von Anfang an dabei, gesellschaftspolitisch brisanten Themen erhöhte Aufmerksamkeit zu verschaffen.


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.