World Food Day Contest For Children & Teenagers (Age 5-19)

Calling out to all children and teens around the world! If you’re between ages 5 to 19, we want you to use your imagination and create a poster of your favourite food hero at work. The world is full of food heroes – from farmers to drivers, shop assistants, food bank or government representatives etc., who despite various challenges, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, work hard to make sure that food makes its way from farms to our table. Let’s celebrate their great efforts this World Food Day. Young minds can be inspired by our World Food Day Activity Book that talks about the important role food heroes play in the food system and how everyone can come together and take action to support our food heroes so they can provide the healthy diets we need, while protecting the planet.

Take a photo or scan your poster and submit your entry by filling out the form on our website. The deadline is 6 November 2020.

Three winners in each age category will be selected by our jury and announced here in December. Winners will be promoted by FAO offices around the world and receive a surprise gift bag and Certificate of Recognition.

To participate, you must be age 5 – 19. 

  • The Contest is open to children and youth between the ages of 5 and 19, living anywhere in the world.
  • The age to declare in the entry form is the one at the time of entering the Contest.
  • Minors must have the permission of their parents or legal guardians to participate in the Contest.


How can I take part?

  • Participation is free of charge.
  • The entry period will begin at 12:00 (CEST) on Wednesday 1 July 2020 and will close at 12:00 (CEST) on Friday, 6 November 2020.
  • The competition is divided into the following categories: 5 to 8, 9 to 12, 13 to 15, and 16 to 19.
  • Only one entry should be submitted per person. Multiple entries from one person will result in disqualification.
  • Poster entries may be drawn, painted or sketched using pens, pencils, crayons or charcoal, or using oil, acrylic or watercolour paint, as well as mixed media. Digitally created artwork is also permitted. No photographs are allowed.
  • Poster entries may or may not include text. If text is used, no more than 25 words or 100 characters can be accepted.
  • All artwork must be original and should not include photographic images of the Contestant or other personal information.
  • All participants are encouraged to read about the World Food Day theme in the World Food Day Activity Book Younger children may want to learn together with a parent or teacher.
  • Posters can only be submitted using the entry form provided . All fields in the Contest entry form must be completed and after uploading the poster design, the ENTER button must be clicked. Younger children may need help from an adult in making their online submission.
  • Working on an A4 sheet or an 8 ½ inches by 11 inches sheet is recommended, to make it easier for you to scan and upload your poster design. If your poster is larger, you may have to take a digital photo of the work and upload the photo file.
  • Only digital files saved as a JPEG will be accepted and submissions must be made through the online form provided – please do not send in physical posters.
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  • 15 posters in each category (60 posters) will be selected for the shortlist by the screening committee in December 2020.  Shortlisted candidates will receive a certificate for this achievement.
  • Three winning poster designs will be selected as finalists by a jury in each category.
  • The top three poster designs in all categories will be announced on the World Food Day website.
  • Winners will be promoted on FAO social media and by FAO offices around the world. 
  • Winners will also receive a Certificate of Recognition and a surprise gift bag.
  • In the event that any of the selected winner(s) of any prize is/are ineligible in accordance with these Contest rules and/or the General Rules, Copyright and Privacy, cannot be traced, or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and it will be in the sole discretion of FAO to choose whether to award the prize to another eligible entry.
  • When winning posters are published, only the first initial, full family name and country of origin will be published. No other personal information about the Contestants will be published or shared.


1. FAO employees and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such employees, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter the contests. FAO will determine eligibility at its sole discretion.

2. Partners or relations of partner staff of the institutions involved in the launch of contests, and relations of the judging committee are not eligible to compete.

3. FAO reserves the right to disqualify submissions which are not consistent with the Organization’s values and guiding principles.

4. FAO also reserves the right to verify the eligibility of any entry and/or entrant (including an entrant’s identity and address) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with the Contest Rules, including these Rules, Copyright and Privacy, or who tampers with the entry process.

5. FAO will not pay any fees, nor pay any costs relating to, participation in any contest or for the use of any submissions in relation to the contest.

6. No logos, URLs, telephone numbers, or calls that solicit directly for monetary donations should be included in any material.

7. FAO will not be responsible, and cannot be held liable, for incomplete, lost, late, misdirected or illegible entries or for failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender or for any human error, lost/delayed data transmission, or any other error or malfunction.

8. By submitting entries to the contest, entrants agree that personal data, especially name and address, may be processed, shared, and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the contest, FAO institutional activities, and any other purposes outlined in these Rules. The data may also be used by FAO in order to verify the entrant’s identity, postal address and telephone number or to otherwise verify the entrant’s eligibility to participate in the contest.

9. Nothing in these General Rules or in any rules for the contests, nor any acts performed or statements made in relation to the contests, shall be deemed a waiver, express or implied, of any of the privileges and immunities of FAO.


1. Entrants must own the copyright of the material they submit to the contest. If the material contain images of a person or persons, entrants must have obtained the permission of those persons for submission of their material to the contest as well as the use of the material by FAO for the purposes described in these General Rules.

2. The entrant declares that, to the best of his/her knowledge, no third party can claim any rights on the material submitted. The entrant also confirms that each person depicted in the material has granted permission to be portrayed as shown.

3. FAO will not seek additional approvals in connection with the use of the material and it will not be responsible for any claim or complaint alleging violation of the rights of third parties.

4. Copyright of the material remains with the entrants. By entering the contest, entrants grant an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide exclusive license to FAO, for non-commercial purposes, to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in connection with the contest and the promotion of FAO’s work, in, amongst others:  FAO corporate website:  corporate videos or digital recordings to illustrate the work of the Organization.  printed FAO publications, brochures or posters.  Social media channels, including promotion of the contest itself;  Any other media used by FAO to communicate.

Deadline: 6 November 2020

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