An unparallel amount of entries was submitted for the 17th International Lahti Poster Biennial. Nearly 2 600 posters from as many as 49 countries from all over the world were offered for this year's exhibition, which exceeded the number of posters submitted for the 2007 event by more than 1 000. The great number of posters sent from Iran, China, Taiwan, Japan and Poland and their high general standard is worth noticing. New participating countries include New Zealand and United Arab Emirates. Especially young graphic designers from various parts of the world have taken a great interest in the category of environmental posters. On the other hand, the number of commercial posters offered for the show has decreased compared with previous biennial exhibitions.
The competition committee of the Lahti Poster Biennial has chosen 252 posters to be displayed in the exhibition. The criteria emphasized in the selection process included topicality, high-quality visual design, seeking new ways of expression and multicultural tendencies, which have always been central issues in Lahti Poster Biennial.
The 17th International Lahti Poster Biennial will be organized by Poster Museum, Lahti, Grafia ry and Poster Friends 14 June - 27 September 2009 at Lahti Art Museum. There are two categories in the exhibition. The general category includes social and ideological posters, commercial posters and cultural posters. In addition, there is a special category for environmental posters in the exhibition.
Michal Batory from France, Vladimir Chaika from Russia, Bruno Monguzzi from Switzerland, Antti Raudaskoski from Finland and David Tartakover from Israel have been invited as members of the International Jury selecting the prize winning posters. Grand Prix, Grafia Prix, Lauri Tarasti prize, 2nd Prize and certificates of honour will be granted in the exhibition.