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Awards in five categories and one Grand Award conferred

Frankfurt, 12 October 2017 – Last night, for the second time, the “Global Illustration Award” (GIA) was awarded at the Frankfurter Buchmesse. The international prize was conferred in cooperation with the International Information Content Industry Association (ICIA) and hosted exclusively by IlluSalon, an international online platform for illustrators based in Asia.

The Global Illustration Award was awarded in five categories: “Book Illustration”, “Original Unpublished Children’s Picture Book Project”, “Advertising and Editorial Illustration”, “Scientific Illustration” and “Theme Illustration”. Three winners – two Excellence Award winners and one Gold Award winner – were selected for each category of the Global Illustration Award. For the first time, a Grand Award was also given. The top prize winner receives 6,000 euros, while winners of the Gold Award and Excellence Award receive, respectively, 2,000 euros and 1,000 euros each.

The awards ceremony, which combined music with dancing, illustration and video art in a rousing show, took place in the area of the business festival THE ARTS+.

The winners of the individual categories at a glance:

Book Illustration
Gold Award winner: Chao Zhang, illustration “A coin” (China)
Excellence Award winners: Annika Siems “The third man” (Germany) and Hassan Amekan “Noeh’s ark” (Iran)

Original Unpublished Children’s Picture Book Project
Gold Award winner: Charlotte Fu, illustration “A Cat” (China)
Excellence Award winners: Fatinha Ramos “Sonia Delaunay” (Portugal) and Sylvia Shen “I’ve lost my head” (China)

Advertising and Editorial Illustration
Gold Award winner: Victo Ngai, illustration “The Casserole” (USA)
Excellence Award winners: Victo Ngai, “Too big not to fail” (USA) and Katrin Rodegast “Poolside” (Germany)

Scientific Illustration
Gold Award winner: Jochen Stuhrmann, illustration “Schleswig during early middle age” (Germany)
Excellence Award winners: Katrin Rodegast “Our Natural Gas” (Germany) and Xin Liu “The prototype of the angry birds” (China)

Theme Illustration “French – diversity and creativity”
Gold Award winner: Victoria Fomina, illustration “Parisian Sphinx” (Russia)
Excellence Award winners: Jess Racklyeft “Le petite café” (Australia) and Min Li “(her.him&it) one little child” (China)

Grand Award
Winner: Chao Zhang, illustration “A coin” (China)

Grand Award winner Chao Zhang: “I thank you all and share with you the pleasure and honour of receiving this award. I´m still not sure I really deserve this honour because I know many other artists even more wonderful than me. So allow me to express my gratitude to all the experts and artists, they are my mentors who have raised me up to a new level of painting skills.”

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About ICIA
The International Information Content Industry Association (ICIA) is an international, non-political, non-profit organisation based in Hong Kong. The organisation advocates for protecting and preserving the rights and interests of the content industry in the context of new technology.

About the Frankfurter Buchmesse
The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,300 exhibitors from 102 countries, around 278,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and approximately 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers - in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, the Book Fair has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. The Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. With its Business Club, the Frankfurter Buchmesse offers essential services and an ideal setting for the activities of publishers, entrepreneurs, pioneers, experts and visionaries. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association.

Contact for the media:
Press & Corporate Communications Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-138,
Kathrin Grün, Head of PR and Communications, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-170,
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