Schools Digital Poster Prize

From 2017 we will no longer be running the Schools Essay Prize, and are instead offering a Digital Poster Prize.

The Wainwright Digital Poster Prize aims to stimulate and reward interest in the history and archaeology of the Ancient Near East in young people of secondary school age.

Posters are widely used at archaeology and history conferences to summarize information or research concisely and attractively to help publicize it and generate discussion. The poster is usually a mixture of a brief text mixed with photographs, drawings and tables.

The Wainwright Digital Poster can explore any aspect of the history or archaeology of the ancient Near East. Entrants may, for example, wish to investigate an object type (such as terracotta figurines or cylinder seals), a theme (e.g., writing, poetry, military architecture), a museum display or a recent publication, the significance of one or more archaeological sites, a specific time period and geographical area, or the story of an excavation.

What makes a good poster?

•    Title is short and draws interest
•    Focus is on a specific aspect of a broader subject or theme
•    Word count of about 500 to 1000 words
•    Text is clear and to the point
•    Use of bullets, numbering, and headlines make it easy to read
•    Effective use of graphics, colour and fonts
•    Consistent and clean layout
•    Excellent attention to spelling, punctuation and grammar
•    Clearly labelled and appropriately acknowledged images, graphs, maps etc
•    Includes acknowledgments

The winner of the Wainwright Digital Poster Prize receives £250 to spend on books of his or her choice, with the winner of the Junior Award (under 16) receiving £100. The winning entries will be posted on the Fund’s website.

How do I enter?

  • Prizes are offered for digital posters on aspects of the history, archaeology, society, or art of any country or countries from Morocco to Afghanistan (including Cyprus, Israel and Anatolia) in the ancient (but not Classical -i.e. not dealing directly with the Greeks and Romans) period.
  • The subjects of the poster should be chosen by the candidates themselves with guidance from teachers or museum staff where appropriate.
  • Entries incorporating museum studies and site visits are particularly encouraged as are those exploring original thinking.
    All entries must confirm that the reports have been produced by young people (i.e. attending school) as a condition of entry; complete and attach this form to your email: here
  • If the poster is a large file a link to an accessible file transfer site (e.g. Wetransfer, dropbox etc), or if it has already been uploaded a link to the relevant site (e.g. YouTube, school website etc), would be recommended.
  • Entries should be sent by email to the Secretary of the Wainwright Fund and should arrive by 15th April and 1st October.