Poster Competition on Women’s and LGBT Issues

WFS India in collaboration with Glug-CalFedora and Mozilla announces a poster competition on women’s, LGBT and gender-related issues in India using free software tools as part of the extended Cultural Freedom Day celebrations. You stand to win exciting prizes by your participation.


India is a multi-ethnic, multi-racial country one billion strong and growing. India’s most pressing problems include official corruption and the suppression of women and the LGBT community.

A substantial section of India’s well-to-do people have embraced modern technology, from cell-phone toting farmers to tweeting teenagers, technophile home-makers to artistic designers, and more who are coming online, communicating, coding and interacting in real time.

And yet, these people are still struggling to find their voices while retaining basic human values within our society. Your challenge is to bring out your virtual brushes and pictorially depict this struggle while celebrating their diversity.

Exercise your creative freedom with Free/Libre open source software and other technologies. Your poster may be the inspiration that gives people a voice to fight for their rights, a vision of a better tomorrow, a tomorrow that gives them the freedom and space to dream while allowing them to explore the problems of their culture and livelihood.

Who Can Participate?

Anybody can participate*.

Those with no previous experience with poster-making/digital art can start with Tux-Paint.

* We will not be able to send prizes to regions falling outside the country, but anyway do participate.

What Are We Expecting?

We expect great posters that has one or more of the following attributes:

  1.  Conveys a positive message with educational value on feminist issues.
  2.  Highlights social evils.
  3.  Demands reforms in a powerful way.
  4.  Rectifies common misconceptions about gender and sex.
  5.  Conveys deeper aspects of the development of social evils.
  6.  Says something on the participation of women in the free software movement.

How To Participate?

  •  Read this announcement.
  •  Prepare your posters as per the guidelines below.
  •  Submit you posters along with form at this submission link.


Click Here for Submitting Your Entry

Competition Rules and Guidelines:

  1.  A registered participant can submit any number of entries.
  2.  All entries must be done using free software tools like GIMP, TeXLive, ImageMagick, TuX Paint, Inkscape, ScanTailor, Scribus, Synfig Studio, Asymptote, Libre Office and Open Office Draw. These tools are available for ALL operating systems including Ubuntu, Fedora, other GNU/Linux distributions,  PC-BSD, M$-Windows. We prefer submissions in xcf, .eps or other good image formats.
  3.  All entries must include an outline of the main steps involved and some proof of the use of tools. A description (in less than 200 words) of the intended message of the art work should also be included.
  4.  Entries will be licensed under Creative Commons Share Alike -3.0 (with Attribution).
  5.  Photos and other art works used in the poster should be suitably acknowledged.
  6.  Entries should be no smaller than A4 size and no larger than A2 size.
  7.  No plagiarism. Submitted posters should not be copies of other people’s work and should involve substantial creativity of the artists.
  8.  Only entries that pass minimal sanity check will be displayed in our e-gallery.
  9.  Decision of the judges will be final and binding.

Important Dates:

Submission Begins: 1st June’2013
Last Date of Submission: 14th June’2013
Announcement of Results: 15th June’2013
Gallery Update: By 24th June’2013

Panel of Judges:

  • A. Mani
  • María “tatica” Leandro
  • Shweta Srivatsava
  • Sourav Sen Gupta

Competition Coordination:

  • A. Mani


  • Flash drives with Fedora and /or Books for top three entries.
  • 2 consolation prizes.
  • Certificates of Merit.

In case of any difficulty, please contact A. Mani or post your query in our mailing list or google group or talk to us on IRC #wfs-india at freenode.


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