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Frankfurt, 10 October 2018 - This evening, in a colourful ceremony, the international “Global Illustration Award” (GIA) was presented for the third time at the Frankfurter Buchmesse. The award ceremony was held in the new Frankfurt Pavilion and included a vibrant programme with well-known illustrators, including Kitty Crowther, Květa Pacovská and Martin Salisbury.

The Global Illustration Awards were presented in five categories:
“Book Illustration”, “Original Unpublished Children’s Picture Book Project”, “Advertising and Editorial Illustration”, “Scientific Illustration” and “Theme Illustration”. Out of 8,000 illustrations, in each category, two winners received the “Excellence Award” and one “Gold Award”. In addition, one “Grand Award” winner was honoured.
This year’s theme for the category “Theme Illustration” was “Signs & Civilisation”. It puts the spotlight on central aspects of Georgia’s Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurter Buchmesse, the motto for which is “Georgia – Made by Characters”.

The winner of the “Grand Award” received 6,000 euros, the five “Gold Award” winners 2,000 euros each and the ten “Excellence Award” winners 1,000 euros each. The prizes were organised in cooperation with the International Information Content Industry Association (ICIA) and hosted exclusively by IlluSalon, an international online platform for illustrators based in Asia.

Here are the winners of the individual categories at a glance:

Book Illustration
Gold Award winner: Simsung Park, “Here” (USA)
Excellence Award winners: Narges Mohammadi, “Trojan Horse” (Iran); Jacques & Lise, “Viktor” (Belgium)

Original Unpublished Children’s Picture Book Project
Gold Award winner: Fan Zhang, “Subway” (China)
Excellence Award winners: Zhenjia Liu, “Tomorrow” (China); Luisa Jung, “City under Water” (Argentina)

Advertising and Editorial Illustration
Gold Award winner: Sonia Alins Miguel, “Dones d’aigua” (Spain)
Excellence Award winners: Joohee Yoon, “Warby Parker Mural” (USA)
Marina Friedrich, “Meat vs. Meat” (Germany)

Scientific Illustration
Gold Award winner: Melanie Gandyra, “Hortus Domus” (Germany)
Excellence Award winners: Annalisa and Marina, “Golden Eagle” (Italy); Lang Shi, “Wake Up” (China)

Theme Illustration “Signs & Civilisation”
Gold Award winner: Antong Dong, “Break Your Own Dream of Your Childhood” (China)
Excellence Award winners: Tongyang Yu, “Food Culture” (China); Fatinha Ramos, “Social Discrimination” (Portugal)

Grand Award
Winner: Jacques & Lise, Book Illustration “Viktor” (Belgium)

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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 the fields of education, film, games, STM, academic publishing, and business information. 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. Access to the Business Club, with its premium services, networking events, and conferences, such as THE MARKETS, is available exclusively with a Business Ticket – the premium option for B2B visitors. 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. Frankfurt EDU, the international education platform of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, presents innovative concepts, content and technologies for the future of learning. Campus Weekend at the Frankfurter Buchmesse is dedicated to university students. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association).

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.

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