International Poster Competition

Keeping the Memory Alive – Journeys through the Holocaust


Caitlin McGinn, first place winner,
and her poster


Carling Hind, second place winner,
and her poster

From March 2013 to March 2014, Canada chaired the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). In conjunction with the chair year, Canadian students in Graphics, or Art and Design, were invited to compete with students from around the world in an International Poster Competition on the theme “Keeping the Memory Alive – Journeys through the Holocaust.”

This joint initiative of IHRA and Yad Vashem in Israel aimed to bring substance, meaning and educational value to Holocaust commemoration.

As part of the competition, Holocaust education seminars were held at five colleges and universities across Canada, as well as online, with support from local Holocaust Centres.

In total, 46 entries were received from across the country. Dr. Carson Philips (Head of Education at the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto) and Mr. Charles Pachter (internationally renowned contemporary Canadian artist) selected seven Canadian finalists to advance to the international judging committee, two of which finished in first and second place. Another two of the Canadian finalists were also selected as top-16 international finalists. The posters were displayed around the world starting January 27, 2014 to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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First place winner


Caitlin McGinn

Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Video: Winner’s reflection

Second place winner


Carling Hind

Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Video: Winner’s reflections

Top 16


Derek Michael Wasylyshen

University of Manitoba

Joakim Sundal

Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Canadian Finalists

Matthew Rajfur
University of Manitoba
Neda Uddin
University of Manitoba
Shiyao Yu
Emily Carr University of Art and Design

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