call for entries

Anfachen Award VII – energy

Deadline: 07.05.2023


The Anfachen Award is given to posters that inspire aesthetically and create a stir.


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.


Starting in July 2022, the selected posters will first dominate Hamburg‘s cityscape for four weeks and then go on tour. In this way they will be seen in other German cities and also cause a stir internationally. Therefore, if language plays a role in the design, a German and an English version must be submitted.


Registration is done using the appropriate tool on the Anfachen Award website


A maximum of three posters can be submitted. The posters are to be in DIN A0 / 841 mm x 1189 mm format. We only accept designs in portrait format. The data (tif or PDF in CMYK) upload on the Website. If a poster is selected as one of the top 25, the printable data will be requested separately. It is essential to name the files as follows: AnfachenVI_surname_draft number; e.g: AnfachenVI_Mustermann_1.


Participants will be charged a fee of
12 Euros per poster or 30 Euros for three posters for printing the posters in DIN A2 for presentation to the jury. Should this fee constitute an obstacle, please contact us via
Please transfer the money to this bank account:
Anfachen Award / Julia Melzner, IBAN DE80 2005 0550 1501 3783 66, BIC HASPDEHH, Haspa Hamburg or via Paypal


Announcement Anfachen Award VII PDF


7th of May 2023 Submission deadline
end May 2023 Jury meeting
from July 2023 Opening of the poster exhibition in the streets of Hamburg
August 2023 Posters can be displayed worldwide (looking always for new cooperation partners


will be announced soon
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.