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Submission deadline 15 June 2018 / Awards with total prize money of 26,000 euros

Frankfurt, 27 March 2018 – The International Information Content Industry Association (ICIA) and Frankfurter Buchmesse have announced the third Global Illustration Award (GIA). Illustrators from all over the world are invited to take part in the competition and submit their works before 15 June 2018. The competition will be operated by illuSalon, a global illustration resource platform based in Asia.

Categories and prize money

As in the years before, there will be five categories in this competition: book illustration, original unpublished children’s picture book project, advertising & editorial illustration, scientific illustration, and theme illustration. The topic of this year’s theme illustration category is “Signs & Civilisation”, highlighting central aspects of the Guest of Honour presentation “Georgia – Made by Characters” at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018.

For these five categories, around 150 entries will be selected to qualify for the longlist. One Grand Award winner is to receive 6,000 euros, the five Gold Award winners will each receive 2,000 euros and the ten Excellence Award winners 1,000 euros each. The winners will be awarded a trophy and a certificate issued by the organising committee. All entries selected for the final round will be included in a print publication entitled “Global Illustration Award 2018” and thereby promoted globally. The Global Illustration Award ceremony will be held at Frankfurter Buchmesse on 10 October 2018.

About the renowned jury and the award ceremony

There are seven members on the GIA jury, with Claudia Kaiser, Vice President of Frankfurter Buchmesse, acting as Chairperson. The other members hail from around the world and are specialists in the fields of illustration, art, publication and media. They include, amongst others, Victoria Fomina, renowned illustrator (Russia), Mohd Yusof Ismail, senior publisher and illustrator (Malaysia) and Mingzhou Zhang, Vice Chairperson of the International Board On Books For Young People (IBBY) (China).

Illustrators, pick up your brushes, for your time has come!

Please submit your entry at the official website of Global Illustration Award by 15 June 2018:

Contact for illustrators:
Catherine Li, IlluSalon, tel.: +86 186 0023 2749,

Leonie Weidel, German Book Information Centre (BIZ) Beijing, tel.: +86 10 8527 6024,

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 286,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and some 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance. It also brings together 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 ARTS+ was launched in 2016 as a fair, business festival and international meeting place for the culture and creative industries. It aims to exploit the potential of digitalisation for creative content and to develop new business areas. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association).

About the ICIA
The ICIA is an international, apolitical, non-profit organisation based in Hong Kong. The organisation advocates the protection and maintenance of the rights and interests of the content industry in light of new technology. Learn more about the association and its work on the website:

About illuSalon
illuSalon, established in 2014, is a global illustration resource platform. At present the platform is home to more than 1,000 professional illustrators, and more than 10,000 illustrations, from more than 50 countries and regions around the world, and operates a powerful International Standard Link Identifier (ISLI) system to facilitate the efficient circulation of illustrations, and the protection of copyright. illuSalon raises the all-around value of illustrators and their works using an international art-world operational model to concentrate and apply illustration industry resources. In response to an age of individualisation, it scales and adds value in order to speed the adoption of illustrations within China. At the same time, illuSalon exclusively operates the Global Illustration Award (GIA), a major international illustration award. illuSalon has become the largest illustration resource platform in China, and has won widespread international recognition.

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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