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The Global Illustration Award (GIA) is an annual international illustration competition co-founded by the International Information Content Industry Association (ICIA) and the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) to provide illustrators worldwide with a platform for displaying creativity and to usher in a new era of global illustration.

Illustrations are a means of spreading culture. In an age of reading with pictures, the flourishing of illustration art epitomizes the progress of human civilization and cultural development. GIA is intended to encourage the creation of excellent illustrations, build a bridge of collaboration for the content industry, and set new trends for the industry.

So pick up your pens, illustrators, the chance for displaying your talent is here!

Call For Entry              Submission Guideline            Terms and Condition            中文版报名指南            2019年全球插画奖征集文件



Name: Mingzhou Zhang

Title :Vice President

Company/Organization: IBBY (International Board on Books for Young people)

Professional Experiences: 

2005, Resumed relationship between BIB (Bratislava Illustrations Biennial ) and China

2006, organizer of the 30th IBBY World Congress

2011,Jury President for IBBY Asahi Reading Promotion Awards Organizer of the Exhibition of Original Picture Books and Illustrations from China in Santiago de Compestela in 2010, in Athens in 2011, in the Great British Museum in London in 2012.

2013, Chief Planner and Organizer of Sino-African Forum on Publishing

2013,International Jury for BIB

2015,Jury of BIB China Selection Committee

2017,Organizer of BIB China Selection Committee


Name:Reinhard Schulz-Schaeffer

Title:Prof. Dipl.-Des. (FH)

Company/Organization:Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Personal Profile:Professor of Informative Illustration, Faculty of Design, Media, Information (DMI), Department Design at the University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg

Reinhard Schulz-Schaeffer has been professor for Informative Illustration at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences since 2003. Together with his students, he has carried out numerous projects and competitions with well-known magazines, newspaper publishers and institutions. Since 2001 he has been editor for graphics and illustration at the monthly magazine GEO. Before that he illustrated and wrote his own column entitled "Grafik der Woche" (Graphic of the week) for the weekly magazine "Wirtschaftswoche". Between 1996 and 2000 he conducted the Department Infographic of the weekly newspaper "DIE WOCHE" and established the scientific illustration as a title illustration and a double page infographic. He received national and international awards for his work in newspapers and magazines.

Name: Claudia Kaiser

Title: Vice President of Frankfurt Book Fair

Personal Brief: Trained as bookseller and graduate of China Studies and Literature (MA) of Hamburg University, Germany. Translator and Editor (Foreign Expert) at Foreign Languages Press in Beijing, and literary agent for German publishers in Beijing. Set up and directed German Book Office Beijing for Frankfurt Book Fair (promoting German titles to China etc.) moved to United Nations new york as External Publications Officer at United Nations Publications. Since 2003 Vice President of Frankfurt Book Fair with different responsibilities: Head of International Department, Head of Kitab (joint venture in Abu Dhabi), Head of Cape Town Book Fair, Head of Business Development with focus on South East Asia. Right now based out of Jakarta. She is an advisory board member of China Translation Programme.

Name: Sven Ehmann


Sven Ehmann is driven by curiosity and his passion for visual storytelling. He is currently heading the think tank at the Infographics Group in Berlin and explores the intersection of graphics, storytelling and emerging technology, Before that he was a long time creative director and editor of over 80 design books at international publishing house gestalten. Among those books were many best-selling titles about dataviz, illustrated maps, cutaway illustration and editorial design, but also about outdoor culture, cycling, food, architecture and many other topics. Sven is a regular speaker at festivals and conferences and curator of international design exhibitions.



  • 1.When does the new competition open?

    The Global Illustration Award 2019 opens in August 6, 2019. Please keep an eye on the website. The submission deadline is April 15, 2020.

  • 2.Who can enter the competition?

    The Global Illustration Award is open to illustrators in all geographical locations.

  • 3.How can I enter the competition?

    Please choose the registration channels and follow the steps: Personal Illustrator Registration / Publisher,Agency, Organization Registration

    Details may be found in Call For Entry and Submission Guidelines

  • 4.Can I change my entry once it’s been uploaded?

    You may not change any of the images or text after you have submitted your entry. Please make sure you review your work before submission.

  • 5.Do I have to pay for my entry?

    Yes, Entry fee needs to be charged to participate in the Global Illustration Award 2019.

    For personal illustrator account, one illustrator, one account needs to pay only once. For publisher/angency/organization account, it requires to pay in accordance with the number of its participants.

    The following entry fees apply:

    · US Dollar - $54 per person

    · Euro - €50 per person

    · RMB - ¥375 per person

  • 6.Problems concerning not being able to sign in again

    To take part in the Global Illustration Award, please click Register to enter.

    If you have already registered for this year’s competition but have problems signing in again, please contact us at: or We will help solve your problem as soon as possible.

  • 7.What are the benefits of entering the Global Illustration Award?

    Participants will have:

        their work seen and judged by industry professionals

        the opportunity to be selected for a touring exhibition

        the opportunity to be selected and featured in publication

    Shortlisted participants will have:

        their work featured on the GIA website

        their work promoted across the illuSalon, ICIA and Frankfurt Book Fair’s industry networks

  • 8.What are the categories?

    There are five categories for GIA2019: Book Illustration, Original Children’s Picture Book Illustration, Advertising and Editorial Illustration, Scientific Illustration and Theme Illustration. The description of each category may be found in the Categories Page.

  • 9.What do Grand Award, Gold Award, Excellent Award and Honorable Mention Award mean?

    There will be one Gold Award and two Excellent Awards for each category. There are five categories so there will be five Gold Award winners and ten Excellent Award winners.

    There will be one Grand Award winner, which will be selected among Gold Award winners or Excellence Award winners.

    There will be approximately 25 Honorable Mention Award winners, subject to the number of participants and the selection the judges make. There is no specific limit to the number of works because we want to be able to promote as many good works as possible.

    The award winners will be featured on GIA website and in the relevant exhibition and publication.

  • 10.Must my work/ supporting text be translated?

    All supporting text is required to be written in English. If your work is made for a commission (such as book or magazine) in another language, you have to translate the content overview or brief into English.

  • 11.Is there a limit on the number of entries I can submit?

    No, there is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. However, please submit your work(s) in the appropriate entry channel. For a single work, please upload your work as “single entry”, for series work, please upload your work as “Multiple Entry”. You can upload up to 5 works per multiple entry, which should be used to showcase different elements of the same project.

    For Original Children’s Picture Book Category, you need to upload at least 10 illustrations which contains a story-line. The work should be created by the artist and have not been previously published elsewhere.

  • 12.Can I submit work in more than one category?

    Yes, there is no limit to the categories you may enter. You may submit your work in as many different categories as you deem appropriate.

  • 13.Can I enter the same work in more than one category?

    No, you may not. Each work may only be submitted for one category.



  • About the ICIA

    The International Information Content Industry Association (ICIA) is an international, non-political, non-profit organisation tailored to the digital wave in the content industry. Based in Hong Kong, it is concerned with continuously protecting and preserving the rights and interests of the content industry in the context of new technology, supports productivity in the sector through the use of new high-tech solutions and creates an innovative "culture + technology" mode that makes it possible for the content industry and information technology sector to cooperate and achieve win-win results to promote sustainable and healthy development in the international content industry.

  • Frankfurt Book Fair

    About the Frankfurter Buchmesse The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,150 exhibitors from 106 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 Frankfurter Buchmesse 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. Since 2016, THE ARTS+ at the Frankfurt Book Fair unifies the creative and cultural sectors to lift the full potential of creative content and to shape an emerging ecosystem, to explore and define the new rules of the game and discuss how innovation can be pushed within face-to-face conversations with like minded people from the industries and politics. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association.

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  • illuSalon

    IlluSalon established in 2014, is an international illustration platform.Possessing a large number of professional international illustrators, illuSalon is committed to providing efficient and convenient services for illustration users worldwide, and at the same time incubating a variety of illustration projects with independent intelligence property rights.

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