International Fair Poster Competition

2018 International Fair Poster Competition

The annual International Fair Poster Competition celebrates the most remarkable posters produced by tradeshow organisers around the world.

Each year, the competition offers an award for the top posters promoting a specific exhibition, while every other year, industry professionals are also invited to submit their artwork promoting the entire industry as a whole for a second award.  In 2018, both of these awards will be given during the competition.

Promoting the power of exhibitions is at the heart of global campaign: Global Exhibitions Day (GED). Since its inauguration in 2016, GED has triggered support from key industry players in more than 70 countries across the globe. For the 2018 International Fair Poster Competition, the organisers have decided to dedicate the award promoting the exhibition industry as a whole to those posters that are produced to promote the power of “Face to Face” in the context of Global Exhibitions Day 2018.

Flyer for 2018 Poster Fair Competition


Information and application Form for 2018 Poster Fair Competition

Poster Series by Bologne Fiere wins 21st International Fair Poster Competition

The jury of the 21st International Fair Poster Competition has announced the 2017 winner of this prestigious, one-of-a-kind design competition.

For this year’s competition, trade fair organisers from all over the world submitted more than 100 posters and series of posters promoting specific shows in 17 countries. The jury evaluated all eligible posters based on the following assessment criteria:

  •  Interpretation of the exhibition topic;
  •  Design concept;
  •  Integrity and original presentation of the event’s technical parameters, dates, venue, exhibition name, etc.

A series of posters presented by Bologne Fiere (Italy) and designed by photographer Olivero Toscani Studio, was unanimously chosen as the Grand Award winner 2017. This winning series of six posters was created to promote Cosmoprof, an exhibition targeting professionals in the cosmetics industry in several different countries. The jury considered this series of posters particularly creative.

The complete list of awarded posters is as follows:

Grand Award winner
Series of posters: Cosmoprof by Bologna Fiere (Italy), designed by photographer: Olivero Toscani Studio.

2nd Place
Poster: International Green Week 2017 by Messe Berlin (Germany), designed by creative agency Butter Berlin.

3rd Place
Poster: Vietnam International Café Show – A cup of the world (South Korea), designed by EPPN

Thе Runner up:
UBM India (India): India Nuclear Energy 2016.

At the 84th UFI Global Congress that will be held on 1-4 November 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Grand Award winner will receive a unique statuette created by the Bulgarian sculptor, Yanko Nenov, in honour of their winning poster series. Certificates of recognition will be provided to all winners and the runner-up.


2016 Winners of the 20th International Fair Poster Competition

Category 1: Generic poster promoting the exhibition industry as a whole


Category 2: Exhibition Exhibition Poster


2nd Place
MOMAD – Metropolis (International Fashion and Accessories Trade Show)
IFEMA, Spain
Designer: Thinking Forward

3rd Place
“60th International Belgrade Book Fair” – series of three posters
Belgrade Fair, Serbia
Designer: Block and Roll Advertising Agency Belgrade

Expoconstrucción y Expodiseño 2015
Corferias, Colombia
Designer: Harold Zea & Asociados

Fiera Milano, Italy
Designer: Cerri & Associati

2015 Winners

Creativeworld 2015

Electro & Water Expo Poster

2015 Runners-Up

  • Messe Duesseldorf with their entry “Out of the Box – Festival for shoes and accessories”;
  • Fiera Bolzano with their poster series “Interpoma, Biolife and Hotel”; (3 posters)
  • Belgrade Fair with their poster series “The place where men cry of happiness”; (4 posters)
  • UBM India with their entry Concrete “Show India”
  • FEMA, Fiera de Madrid with their entry “Salon Look Internacional”


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Digital Innovation Award

To reward, the best exhibition industry initiatives connected to ICT as they are related to the current competition theme.

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Marketing Award

The 2017 UFI Marketing Award will be given to the best initiatives undertaken by exhibition professionals which utilizes personalized marketing to achieve their marketing goals.

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