Earth, a finite vessel of life in the vastness of our solar system. Life on earth depends on energy coming from the sun. However, over the last century human and large-scale industrial activities of our modern civilization have added to the earth’s natural greenhouse gases. They negatively impact our climate and with it all forms of life. At the same time rapid population growth and broad urbanization call for the responsible use of limited resources.

To reduce human impact on our planet, we need the political will, concrete action and the right tools. International standards are one such tool. The international standards prepared by IECISO and ITU take into account tried and true solutions to technical challenges. They help share expertise and expert know-how broadly within developed and developing countries alike. Standards cover all aspects of energy savings, water and air quality. They lay down standardized protocols and methods of measurement. Their broad use helps reduce the environmental impact of industrial production and processes, facilitates the reuse of limited resources and improves energy efficiency.

We are looking for creative, quality submissions that illustrate this year’s theme “Protecting the planet with standards”. The winning entry will be used worldwide to celebrate World Standards Day on 14 October 2020.

The winner will be awarded a cash prize of 1,500 Swiss francs, and the contest’s two runners-up will each receive a prize of 500 Swiss francs. The winning posters will be decided by public vote.

The deadline for submissions to the contest is 21 June 2020. Contestants are welcome to submit up to three entries.

Submit your entries by emailing them to

Before you submit your entries, read the contest rules here!

The contest’s Facebook page will provide interactive guidance to potential entrants throughout the course of the contest.

The contest’s Twitter account will announce key dates and point followers to relevant supporting information.

The poster contest is part of the build-up to World Standards Day, celebrated on 14 October.