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October 24, 2011

International Art and Design Students Say ‘No’ to Fur

Humane Society International/United Kingdom

  • Winning poster of the European & International round of the 2011 Design Against Fur competition. Ilse Vandecappelle/Fur Free Alliance

GHENT, Belgium—Humane Society International/UK, the Fur Free Alliance and GAIA (Belgium) are delighted to announce the winners of the 2011 European & International round of the Design Against Fur competition, a contest which encourages students to use their creative talents to produce a thought-provoking poster delivering a compelling message about the cruelty of animal fur.

The artwork will be unveiled at a week-long exhibition, from 24 October 2011, at Sint-Lucas School of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium, the school of the winning designer, Ilse Vandercappelle.

Online voting for the People’s Choice, with $US 500 awarded to the designer of the most popular artwork from the winners of all the regional Design Against Fur competitions, is now open, until 30 October 2011.

“Congratulations to all the students who took part in the Design Against Fur competition, they have put their creative skills to good use, interpreting the cruel reality of the fur industry and explaining why it is so important to say no to real animal fur” said Mark Jones, executive director of Humane Society International/UK.

The winners of the 2011 European & International poster competition are:

  • First place: Ilse Vandecappelle, Sint-Lucas School of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium
  • Second Place: Heather Palmateer, James Madison University, U.S.
  • Third place (tie): Eric Barnes, Missouri State University, U.S.
  • Third Place (tie): Kristina Pejouski & Gina Swindler,Temple University, U.S.

“In Belgium, every year, 150,000 mink are farmed in filthy conditions for their fur,” said Michel Vandenbosch, president of GAIA. “We are trying to reach a legal ban on fur farms in Belgium, so we are very proud that the winner of such an international contest is a Belgian student.”

The competition is held in four regions: China, Europe & International, Russia and U.K. and Ireland. Winners from each region are then judged for the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award.

In additional to the four top placed designs, a further 22 students received Specially Commended or Commended awards from the judges. All the designs can be viewed here.


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