The International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) 2022 International Poster Contest ($500 prize)

Application Deadline: November 1st, 2021

The International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) Committee invites YOU to get involved in ICAW 2022. We’re looking for anyone, 9th grade (age 14) or older from anywhere in the world, interested in participating in our annual ICAW Poster Contest. The winning poster will be used to promote International Compost Awareness Week 2022 which will be held May 1 -7, 2022.

Each year, the ICAW Committee chooses a new theme for the year.  The theme highlights the overall regenerative agriculture movement and how compost and organics recycling fit into that process. Regenerative agriculture is a system that focuses on improving soil health using agricultural practices with the idea that healthier soil will lead to healthier, more nutrient-rich crops and, ultimately, less carbon in the atmosphere through increased carbon sequestration. Where does compost and organics recycling fit in? Compost, when added to farmland, gardens, yards, and other landscapes creates healthier soil and crops by providing food for soil microbes in the ground.

These microbes enrich the quality of the soil while also sequestering carbon in the soil through photosynthesis, a tool for combating climate change. Just as a chef pulls together the best ingredients to create the perfect recipe, the 2022 theme, Recipe for Regeneration: Compost, focuses on the crucial role recycling our food scraps and yard trimmings plays by creating compost, which when added to soil results in a recipe that makes our food more nutritious, the air we breathe cleaner and our climate healthier overall.


  • The contest is open to anyone 9th grade (14+) or older from anywhere in the world.
  • This is an international contest.
  • The winning design will be chosen by the end of November. 


  • The poster contest winner will have their poster reproduced and distributed to thousands nationwide.
  • It will be the official 2022 International Compost Awareness Week poster and featured on the CREF website as well as on the US Composting Council website too.
  • The winning “poster artist” will have their name posted on the CREF website and will be included on print materials and in press releases in association with our annual ICAW celebration.
  • The successful poster winner will also receive a $500 Prize.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the ICAW 2022 International Poster Contest


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