When we think of advertisements, we tend to negatively associate them with mind manipulation of the masses for business profiteering. We tend to forget that advertisements can be used for nobler causes that deal with issues closer to home and to our hearts. I’m talking about using these ads to raise the public awareness on issues such as health, public safety, and the society as a whole.
Print ads may seem outdated in this digital era of ours, but through the careful designing of some of the most creative advertisers in the industry, these poster ads can still generate very formidable impressions upon on-lookers. We have collected 50 poster ads from the Ads of the World to inspire you further.
Editor’s Note: Take note that some of these posters may be graphic in nature. Please practice discretion.
Recommended Reading: Public Awareness Ads That Makes You Think – Part I
New Zealand Transport Agency
It Looks Small Here, Slow Down
Image Source: Philip Andrew
Beaches are home to some of the most beautiful scenery you will see on Earth, but they don’t clean themselves up.
Image Source: Les 6
Chemical Melting Pot
Check out how many chemicals are found in each stick of smoke.
Image Source: Justus Luke
Heal The Bay
Look at all the waste we create from our daily lives. Let’s watch what we throw away. Recycle.
Image Source: Hans Castro Gallo
A very telling story made with two transportation lines which represent two separate lives that crossed at a bank robbery.
Image Source: Pedro Cappeletti, Flavio Casarotti & Augusto Moya
Your life literally fades away with every puff you take from a cigarette.
Image Source: Justin Hampton
You don’t have to check for landmines in your home, but they do.
Image Source: Gavin Whitfield & Sammy-Jane Thom
Sometimes even though they can’t ask for help, it doesn’t mean they don’t need it.
Image Source: Joao Espirito Santo
Your skin color shouldn’t dictate your future.
Image Source: Olivier Altmann
Stop For Flashing Red Lights
Kids should have to brave the way to school.
Image Source: Kevin Barclay
Smoking in Dublin
It’s amazing how something this small can amount to such a huge problem.
Image Source: Ger Roe
With all the effortts we put into saving an endangered species, sometimes the threat may come from destroying their home.
Image Source: Francesco Taddeucci & Luca Albanese
Turn it Off
Sometimes, it doesn’t have to stay on.
Image Source: Antonio Montero
6000 species of wildlife disappear as desert areas grow.
Image Source: Carlos Jorge & Felix Del Valle
WWF Marine Protection
Somehow, corals made from plastic spoons can’t beat the originals.
Image Source: David Guerrero
Don’t Self Medicate
Every time you swallow a medicine without doctor’s advise, it’s like swallowing a bullet.
Image Source: Abhay Patkar & Nitin Rajapurkar
World No Tobacco Day
Check the calendar for the day you take a last whiff of your cigarette.
Image Source: Marcio Ribas & Wilson Mateos
Sleep Before You Drive
You could get killed in your dreams if you dream on the road.
Image Source: Philip Andrew
You Are The Key
Some ‘cages’ are not as apparent as this one. Nonetheless you still hold the key to their ‘freedom’.
Image Source: Alvaro Becker & Francisco Cavada
A Spark is All It Takes
Fires do not discriminate between a matchstick or a whole row of houses.
Image Source: Merlee Jayme & Eugene Demata
Save the Neglected
This dog and any other neglected pet could turn their lives around and start anew with your help.
Image Source: Steve Crawford
Don’t Text On The Road
Sometimes ‘sorry’ just won’t cut it. Don’t tempt fate.
Image Source: Razvan Capanescu
Sleepiness is Stronger Than You Think
When the eyelids drop, accidents may happen. Rest well before each long drive.
Image Source: Suthisak Sucharittanonta
White Angel Foundation
2.7 million children in Egypt don’t have a childhood.
Image Source: Arindam Sengupta
Deal with the Consequences
We usually don’t think of the consequences of our actions until it’s too late. A plea to be more responsible with the environment.
Image Source: Eduardo Almeida & Chiquinho Lucchini
Toronto Crime Stoppers
Your tips put a face on every masked criminal.
Image Source: Todd Mackie & Denise Rossetto
League Against Cancer
If you detect cancer in time, you may enjoy the luxury where no one wants to steal your partner anymore.
Image Source: Flavio Pantigoso
Cigarettes Smoke People
Who’s in charge? You or your smokes?
Image Source: Gaetan Namouric
Who Will Win?
A glass of wine would win hands down when you drink under the influence.
Image Source: Diogo Mello
Donate your clothes to the salvation army and keep someone else warm.
Image Source: Tales Bahu & Eric Sulzer
Give yourself a lift by giving them a call.
Image Source: Ruy Lindenberg
Watch your temper. If you lose it, you may lose more than you think.
Image Source: Filip Berendt
You can choose how to live your life but choose to get tested too to save it.
Image Source: Dominique Trudeau
Sometimes the costs are greater than just dollars and cents.
Image Source: Flavio Waiteman
Don’t Drink and Drive
Drinking drunk is equivalent to playing Russion Roulette, and not just with your own life.
Image Source: Thomas Tatzl & Andreas Spielvogel
Driving Tired Can Kill
When you need to take a break, take it.
Image Source: Paulo Afonso
Make sure you stub out your lights.
Image Source: Julian Watt
Gambling is just as addictive as smoking.
Image Source: Dan Willey
A hard-hitting inside view of what Parkinson’s Disease is like.
Image Source: Lance Martin
Covered Up Stories
Some stories get covered up even after they’re written.
Image Source: Alan Madill, Terry Drummond & Barry Quinn
Who enters drug dealing, has nowhere to go.
Image Source: Paulo Castro
No Place For Smoke
Feel trapped by the smoke? People around you may be.
Image Source: Alexandre Gama
Losing Part Of Me
These Matryoshka dolls help tell a story that is hard to tell. Stop child prostitution.
Image Source: Andrew Clarke
Predatory fishing doesn’t only threaten ocean life.
Image Source: Flavio Medeiros, Luis Christello & Kike Borel
Saving the Endangered
Pandas aren’t the only endangered species that need saving. The bluefin tuna is endangered too.
Image Source: Stuart Mills & Anthony Tham
Living In Harmony
We can make good music together.
Image Source: Ergin Binyildiz & Mustafa Baripoglu
Not everyone has easy access to what we take for granted every day.
Image Source: Roger Tavares
Life is That Expensive
That’s a little too much, isn’t it? For some people, life is just that expensive.
Image Source: Walid Kanaan
Extreme black humor at play here.
Image Source: Damon O’Leary
Not a Cool Brand
Dog-walkers, clean up after your dogs.
Image Source: Matija Vujovic