Pratt Institute Graduate Communications Design student Yoon Kyung Eom won first place in the European and International round of the 2009 Design Against Fur poster competition and a cash prize of approximately $1,500 for her creative and compelling poster design that conveys the message that wearing fur is cruel and unnecessary.

This marks the second year a Pratt student has won first place in the Design Against Fur competition, which is an initiative of the Fur Free Alliance, an international coalition that works to stop the killing and exploitation of animals for their fur.

Eom, a native of Seoul, Korea, achieved a merit-based scholarship through Pratt in 2007 and has interned with Pangea Media, New York and a number of graphic design firms in Seoul. In 2004 she earned a bachelors of design in Visual Communications from New York University.

The seventh-annual 2009 Design Against Fur competition was sponsored by Born Free USA, The Humane Society Legislative Fund, The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust, Swiss Animal Protection, and World Society for the Protection of Animals. This year over 7,000 international students from five international regions submitted Design Against Fur entries, which may be used in international and national campaigns to end the fur trade.

In November 2009, the public will vote on Eom’s poster and the four other winning regional designs as part of Design Against Fur’s “The People’s Choice Award.” The winning poster design will be awarded $1,000.

For more information on the Design Against Fur competition and to view the 2009 winning entries, visit