Five Jamaican winners in International Reggae Poster Competition
From a pool of 1,060 entrants from 68 countries, the top 100 posters of the sixth annual International Reggae Poster competition has five wins from Jamaica. According to co-founder Maria Papaefstathiou, a number of the submissions this year came from 20 local designers.
The winners are divided into two categories - professional (60 placements) and student (40 placements). This year, the competition added an overall winner.
Jamaican graphic designer AndrÈ Hutchinson placed twice in the professional category - 19th and 52nd. "I'm honoured to have placed much higher than last time, and to have two out of the four I submitted be chosen was cool. I thought it important to have a Jamaican in a competition about our music and culture," he told The Gleaner.
Nineteen-year-old Jodi-Ann Dyer placed 40th in the student category. "I submitted four pieces, of which only one made the cut. I was quite surprised, to be honest, because I took a minimalist and a surreal approach to my pieces. The mere fact that over 1,000 pieces were sent from around the world - I'm truly humbled. I am still learning the craft, so I'm still in apprenticeship. In a nutshell, I am really excited and humbled by this," she told The Gleaner. Dyer is currently studying digital media production at the University of the West Indies.
The remaining Jamaican winners took three spots in the student category - 27th, 28th and 29th, won by Anthony Smith, Kenneil Smith and Roshane Taylor, respectively.
Vinicio Sejas from Bolivia was named the grand winner. He told The Gleaner, "I am very grateful. To be selected the grand winner among so many beautiful posters is like being blessed. When I received the mail, I could not believe what I was reading, so I checked the social networks and the website, and shouted, 'My poster, it's there, on the cover! It's true!' I felt very happy, so much so that I asked my sister to pinch me to know that I'm not dreaming!" Sejas told The Gleaner.
Included in Sejas' winnings is a trip to Jamaica sponsored by The Montego Bay Jamaica airport and The Spanish Court Hotel, a collection of fonts by Parachute Font Industry worth €500 (J$74,000), and gifts from VP Records.
"I have never travelled to another country before or [been to] the sea. I think this trip has a great poetic charm, and all thanks to the relationship between music, Jamaican culture, graphic design and illustration promoted by the International Reggae Poster Contest. I feel very excited and motivated," Sejas said.
The top-three winners of the professional category are: Naufan Noordyanto, Indonesia (first place); Fonzo Moto, Germany (second); and Ruben Pereira, Portugal (third place). In the student category: Adriana Garcia, Bolivia (first place), Jiheng Liu, China (second), and Myrto Giotakou, Greece (third).