Antibiotic Resistance Symbol Contest

Antibiotic resistant bacteria are a global threat and one of the biggest challenges we face, but a lot of people don't know about it. We need to change that!

Be a change maker and take part in our design contest!

We are looking for a symbol that represents the global threat of antibiotic resistance. Something anyone can make at home and everyone, anywhere can wear.

Who can enter

The contest is open only to individuals. The contest is not open to companies, educational institutions, organisations, etc. or to groups associated with such institutions.

People under the age of 18 must have consent from a parent or legal guardian before submitting designs into the contest. If you are minor, you must include this consent form with your application.

The winner must be a person aligned to EU-JAMRAI mission and vision.

How to enter

  • No more than two symbols may be submitted by one single participant.
    The deadline for submitting designs is 31st March 2020, at 23:59 Central European Time.
  • EU-JAMRAI will not assume any responsibility for late submissions or corrupted files. Likewise, EU-JAMRAI will not be responsible for technical errors that prevent participants from sending their symbols.
  • EU-JAMRAI will anonymize entries before the judging process. Entries with attachment files containing references to the author will be disqualified.
  • Incomplete submissions, submissions that do not follow specifications required, as well as submissions that are not related to the topic or that engage in obscene, racist, violent or defamatory content, will be automatically disqualified.
  • Entries must conform to the Submission Guidelines explained in this website. Entries that do not conform this Submission Guidelines will be rejected.
  • EU-JAMRAI reserves the right to disqualify any participant or submission at its sole discretion.


The winning designer will receive:

  • A € 2,000 cash prize.
  • The right to identify themselves as the symbol designer.
  • Travel (only from and to an EU/EFTA country) & accommodation to attend to the Award Ceremony (Date and Venue TBC).


  • 18th November 2019 - Contest open for submissions!
  • 31st March 2020, 23:59 Central European Time - Contest deadline
  • Summer 2020 - Winner announcement


The jury will be multidisciplinary and multisectoral, including representatives from EU-JAMRAI, the Stakeholders Forum, scientists, regulatory bodies and patients organisations.

Following our “One Health” mandate, we will try our best to have representatives of organisations related to the environment, human and animal health.

The jury will be composed by:

- Senior advisors: high level contacts from international agencies and organisations.

- Technical advisors: communication, design and behaviour change experts.

Judgement criteria. What are we looking for?

Please read carefully this information before creating and submitting your symbol.

Remember that submissions that do not conform these criteria and the other Submission Guidelines explained in this website will be rejected.

If you need some inspiration, here is a great example of what we are looking for: the AIDS red ribbon.

We accept files in the following formats:

.doc / .png / .jpg / .gif. / .pdf / .mp4

We will also take into account the following criteria:

- Originality and quality of design.

- Being relatable to the "One Health" approach.

- Scientific accuracy.

Wait, what is antibiotic resistance?

Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. Bacteria become antibiotic-resistant when they adapt and change over time, developing the ability to resist the antibiotics designed to kill them.

The result is that many antibiotics are becoming less effective at treating bacterial infections. Our overuse (and misuse) of antibiotics in both humans and animals is speeding up this process.

People are already dying from antibiotic-resistant infections, and as more antibiotics stop working, more lives will be put in danger.

Among all infections, those associated with patient care in hospitals and long-term care facilities require a specific mention. These are called healthcare-associated infections and they are the most frequent adverse event in health-care delivery worldwide.

Antibiotic-resistant infections can affect anyone; we are all at risk of infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But we can solve this problem by taking action now to keep the antibiotics we already have, in order to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.

Here are some things you can do to help keep antibiotic effectiveness:

  • Only use antibiotics when prescribed by a certified healthcare professional.
  • Always follow your healthcare worker’s advice when using antibiotics.
  • Never share or use leftover antibiotics.
  • Prevent infections by regularly washing hands, preparing food hygienically, avoiding close contact with sick people, practising safer sex and keeping vaccinations up to date.
  • Taking part in this contest!

"One Health" approach

Human health and animal health are interdependent and bound to the health of the ecosystems in which they exist. Many of the same microbes infect animals and humans, as they share the eco-systems they live in. Efforts by just one sector cannot prevent or eliminate the problem.

To explain this, we’d like to introduce you to Eric Van Den Heuvel, a Dutch pig farmer whose daughter, Evelin, was born with a heart defect and needed an urgent surgery. However, she was MRSA positive (MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), so she could not be operated in order to avoid spreading the bacteria among other hospital patients. When Eric discovered that the MRSA had come from his pigs, he made a total change in his farm hygiene system, which considerably reduced the use of antibiotics in his animals. Other farmers joint his initiative having a very positive impact at a national level. This reduction of antibiotic consumption turned into a decrease of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the country.

"One Health" is an approach to designing and implementing programmes, policies, legislation and research in which multiple sectors work together to achieve better public health outcomes.

Raising awareness

European Antibiotic Awareness Day is an annual European health initiative led by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) that takes place on 18 November with the theme “Keep antibiotics working”. Its objective is raising awareness about the threat to public health of antibiotic resistance and the importance of prudent antibiotic use.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week is a World Health Organization campaign held every November with the theme “Antibiotics: Handle with care”. It aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

More info & Fact Sheets:

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

World Health Organisation (WHO)


See more at Visual AIDS site.

An inspiring story - The HIV symbol

In 1991, a group of artists came together to create an evocative symbol at the peak of the AIDS crisis—to support and show empathy towards those with AIDS and their caregivers. These artists were part of the Visual AIDS Artists' Caucus and they created "The Ribbon Project", better known today as the Red Ribbon.

Some hints...

  • The colour red was chosen for its "connection to blood and the idea of passion—not only anger, but love..."
  • The ribbon format was selected because it was easy to create from scratch and wear. The original instructions were to "cut the red ribbon in 6 inch length, then fold at the top into an inverted 'V' shape. Use a safety pin to attach to clothing."

Get the word out – in English & other languages

We have developed a series of materials to help promote this contest. We'd really appreciate it if you could help us get the word out so everyone takes part and we get the best antibiotic resistance symbol.


If you are a journalist, download our press release here

Other ideas

If you'd like to share the contest with your local schools, universities, or with that friend who is always having great ideas, please copy the short paragraph below and share it by email or WhatsApp. You can also download it here.


People are already dying from antibiotic-resistant infections, and as more antibiotics stop working, more lives will be put in danger.... 💊🦠🧫 Antibiotic resistance is a global threat and one of the biggest challenges we are facing, but very few people know it. We must change this!

Be part of the change and participate in our contest to design the first global symbol to represent antibiotic resistance. 🌎

Anyone can participate! 👧🏾🧒🏻👩🏼🧑🏿👵🏽👨🏻

We are not looking for logos, but something tangible that anyone, anywhere, can do at home and wear with pride; Like the AIDS red ribbon. ✂️ 🧶 📏

And there is a € 2,000 cash prize! 🏆

Contest open until March 31, 2020.

More info at: https://eu-jamrai.eu/symbol-contest/

Promotional materials in other languages

French, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish

Social media

You can also visit our social media profiles and share our latest posts. The contest hashtag is #AntibioticResistanceSymbol.

The Small Print

EU-JAMRAI obligations

Every effort will be made to inform the winner in time to attend the Award Ceremony. Travel (only from and to an EU/EFTA country) and accommodation will be paid by EU-JAMRAI. It is the responsibility of the winner to have any necessary personal documents to travel to to the Award Ceremony e.g. passport, visa.

Judges appointed for the purpose will select the winning symbol. Their decision will be final. No appeal process will take place.

EU-JAMRAI reserves the right not to select a winner if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received.

EU-JAMRAI will not be under any obligation to use, distribute and/or exhibit any of the designs and will not accept any claims related to this matter.

Intellectual Property

All submitted work must be original and not based on any pre-existing design. It is the sole responsibility of each participant to ensure that the design does not infringe copyright, privacy rights, regulations, orders or directions of any third party.

EU-JAMRAI assumes that, upon submission, the participants own the copyright of the submitted design. If claims or legal proceedings are brought against EU-JAMRAI as a result of copyright infringement, the participant will be held responsible and will fully indemnify EU-JAMRAI and any other parties, as well as cover any legal fees that may arise.

All designs may be displayed publicly by EU-JAMRAI and associated partners.

The participants agree not to reproduce, use, transmit or exploit the submitted antibiotic resistance symbols for other purposes than those of the contest.

The copyright of all submitted symbols will remain with their creators. However, the creator of the winning symbol and the two runners-up grant perpetual and exclusive usage rights to the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) to use their designs in any desired way.

According to Art.22.2.1 "Right to use the beneficiaries' materials, documents or information" (Grant agreement 761296 / EU-JAMRAI), the Agency (CHAFEA) “may use information relating to the action, documents notably summaries for publication and public deliverables as well as any other material, such as pictures or audio-visual material that it receives from any beneficiary (including in electronic form).”

Where applicable, CHAFEA will insert the following information: “© – [2020] – [name of the winner]. All rights reserved. Licensed to the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) under conditions.”

Data Protection

EU-JAMRAI is committed to protecting and respecting privacy. In accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016/279, EU-JAMRAI privacy policy explains when and why the Joint Action collects personal information, how it uses it, the conditions under which it may disclose it to others and how it keeps it secure. This policy may be updated or changed so please check our website occasionally to ensure that you are happy with any changes. Download here the current policy.

Accepting the prize constitutes permission for EU-JAMRAI to make public and otherwise use winner’s name, and country of residence for publicity purposes. Further personal data may be requested for communication purposes, but are not required.


Participation constitutes the participant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these terms and conditions, which may be modified at a later stage by EU-JAMRAI.

Upon acceptance, the creator of the winning design will need to provide an official proof of identity to EU-JAMRAI.

If you have any questions, please contact EU-JAMRAI Communication team at info@eu-jamrai.eu.

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