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Dare to Dream: Lions International Peace Poster Contest

This is a great opportunity for young artists to show their talent and we are excited as a club to see what talent there is in our community.
A Maryfield winner from 2022 Lions International Peace Poster Contest.

CARLYLE - Every year, Lions International hosts a global contest that encourages children ages 11-13 to creatively express what peace means to them. 

The 2023-24 contest theme is Dare to Dream. Students are encouraged to share their unique images of peace with others, so that we may all have greater tolerance and international understanding.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with 1.4 million members in more than 48,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas.  In addition to their efforts to conquer blindness, they also make a strong commitment to community service and helping youths throughout the world. 

The Carlyle District Lions Club is part of this International organization and will be holding a contest this year for a peace poster.  We are inviting children ages 11-13, as of Nov. 15, to submit a poster by Sept. 29 for a chance to win a prize of $100 and to have your poster sent on to the Lions provincial convention in October. 

Lions at the convention choose a winning poster from a pool of six and then send it to the next level for further judging.  Posters are judged from a pool of 18 and one poster is selected to send on to the international contest, where the grand prize winner receives US $5,000, while 23 merit award winners receive US $500. 

We have included a few sample posters that were created in Saskatchewan last year and you can check out the grand prize and merit award posters at for more samples.

This is a great opportunity for young artists to show their talent and we are excited as a club to see what talent there is in our community.  If you have more questions you can contact Heather Vermeersch at and we look forward to seeing posters come pouring in.

Contest rules and conditions are included here and posters can be dropped off at the Observer Office.

Get started and spend time this summer creating your Dare to Dream poster!

Contest rules and conditions

Entries not meeting the rules and conditions listed below will be disqualified:

The contest’s theme is Dare to Dream.

The contest is open to students who will be 11, 12 or 13 years of age, as of Nov. 15.  Eligible birth dates are Nov. 16, 2009, through Nov. 15, 2012.

Artwork must be no smaller than 13 inches by 20 inches (33 centimeters by 50 centimeters) and not larger than 24 inches by 20 inches (50 centimeters by 60 centimeters). Do not mat or frame artwork.

•Only one entry per student per year, and each entry must be the work of only one student.

•All artwork must be the individual student’s original creation. Duplications are not accepted.

•All media are accepted. Chalk, charcoal and pastel entries should be sealed with a fixative spray to prevent smearing. Do not laminate entries.

•Three-dimensional entries will not be accepted. Nothing may be glued, stapled or attached to the artwork in any way.

•The use of lettering or numbering on the front of the poster, in any language, is not allowed. All artist signatures or initials should be written on the back of the poster.

•Artwork should be done on a flexible material so it can be rolled for shipping in a mailing tube. Do not fold the poster.

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