International reply coupons design competition

Design competition: Istanbul model

The UPU has announced a competition to select the artwork that will grace the next International Reply Coupon (IRC). All member countries are invited to submit a design on the theme of "Posts and sustainable development" by 30 June 2016.

UPU members are encouraged to circulate information about the contest to artists in their country and to hold national design contests. The national winning designs should then be sent to the International Bureau.

A jury comprising delegation heads from all member countries at the upcoming UPU Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, will choose the winner. In recognition of the 2016 Congress host city, the new IRC will be called the Istanbul model.

The UPU introduces a new IRC design at the beginning of each four-year work cycle. The current IRC, known as the Doha model, will lose its trade value at the end of 2017. The new IRC will be introduced on 1 July 2017.

The member country whose design is chosen will receive 10,000 of the new IRCs free of charge. Rules for the international design contest and technical specifications for submissions can be accessed below.


Rules of the international reply coupon design competition