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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    



Name: Aljoscha Blau


Personal Profile: Aljoscha Blau, born 1972 in Leningrad, Russia, studied Illustration and Graphic Arts at HAW in Hamburg. Since 1998 he has been working as illustrator and book artist for German and international publishers – illustrating both children and adult fiction and non-fiction books. He has been honoured with numerous awards such as Bologna Ragazzi Award, Prix Figure Future, twice the German Childrens Literature Prize, et al. Continuously nominated for ALMA – Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Teaching assignments and workshops at art academies in Germany and abroad - in Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, Israel and France. Lives in Berlin. 

Name: Michael Neugebauer

Personal Profile: Founder and owner of michael neugebauer Edition (minedition) brings a rich and diverse background to a publishing enterprise that is internationally recognized and successful on all five continents.
The name Neugebauer has always stood for the highest artistic quality. Friedrich Neugebauer, the father of today’s publisher set the standard for the creation of typeface and book design and layout. Michael Neugebauer followed in this tradition after an education with a strong foundation in typeface and book design, painting, and sculpture.
Michael Neugebauer has worked as an independent publisher or editor since 1979.
In April 2004, Michael Neugebauer Publishing was restructured with it’s headquarters in Hong Kong.
The publishing headquarters for the German speaking countries is located in North Germany, min
edition France, established in 2007 is based in Paris in collaboration with Didier Teyras.
The min
edition rights and licences are handled from a Zurich office in Switzerland and administrated in Hong Kong.  
It is the mission of minedition to publish picture books of the highest quality that “open the door to the world” for children.

Name: Thérèse Willer


Title: Chief Curator of Tomi Ungerer Museum-International Illustration Center Company/Organization: Strasbourg Museums

Personal Profile: After studying Art History and Classic Letter in Strasbourg University, Thérèse Willer is in charge of Tomi Ungerer’s collection in Strasbourg Museum since 1992. As chief curator of heritage, she directs the Strasbourg Tomi Ungerer Museum-Internatinal Illustration Center since 2007. She organized exhibitions of the work of Tomi Ungerer and other illustrators of 20th century (Saul Steinberg, Roland Topor). In 2008, she got PhD degree of Art History in Strasbourg University under the direction of Professor Martial Guédron. Her thesis about Tomi Ungerer’s graphic artwork has been published in 2011 under the tile of Tomi Ungerer. Graphic Art (edition of Rocher). The thesis won the Martin Bucer Price of Saint-Thomas Foundation for humain science in 2009. She is also an associated member of the Strasbourg University ARCH(Arts, Civilization and History of Europe) research team. 

Name:Bettina Schulz

Title: Editor in chief

Company/Organization: novum World of Graphic Design


Personal Profile: Bettina Schulz, born in 1974 in Munich, has been chief editor of the international magazine “novum – World of Graphic Design” since 2001, and a member of the editorial staff since 1994. As a freelance copywriter and editor she also works for national and international magazines, as well as for clients in diverse branches. Bettina Schulz is a member of juries in many design competitions, including Red Dot Communication Design, European Design Awards, the MfG Award of the German Printing and Media Industries Federation, the Monaco de Luxe Packaging Award, the Canon ProFashional Photo Award, the Kodak Photography Competition and the Adobe Photoshop Award. She is member of the advisory committee of the U5 design academy and was one of the initiators of the Creative Paper Conference in Munich.

Name: Xueqian Li

Title: President

Company/Organization: China Children's Press & Publication Group (CCPPG) 

Personal Profile: President of China Children's Press and Publication Group (CCPPG), is a leading figure in Chinese children's publishing industry and a recipient of Special Government Allowances of Experts of the State Council . CCPPG publishes 5 newspapers, including Chinese Teenagers News and etc., 11 magazines including We Love Science, Children's  Literature, Pre-school Pictorial and etc.,and 1,500 titles annually with an annual circulation of 140 million copies. Under Xueqian Li’s  leadership, CCPPG has developed as China 's strongest children's press and publication organization in terms of comprehensive strength. He is also concurrently holding position as the President of China Children's Press Association, Director of Children's Publication Subcommittee of the Publishers Association of China,and President of the Chinese Board on Books for Young People (CBBY).

Name: Andrea Wendt

Title: Owner

Company/Organization: 2 Agenten, Agency for Illustrators

Personal Profile: After working as an Art Buyer for different advertising agencies in Berlin and Hamburg, Andrea Wendt founded 2 Agenten Agency for Illustrators together with Jorn Schwarz in 2006 in Berlin. They represent 38 international illustrators.


  • 1.When does the new competition open?

    The Global Illustration Award 2016 opens in June 2016. Please keep an eye on the website. The submission deadline is August 14, 2016.

  • 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 click here and follow the steps. 

    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?

    No, you do not need to pay your entry. Participating in the Global Illustration Awards is free. 

  • 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: 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:  

    the opportunity to win €30000 cash in total (up to €10000 per entry)

    their work featured on the GIA website

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

  • 8.What are the categories?

    There are five categories: Cover Illustration, Children’s Book Illustration, 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. 

    There will be approximately 22 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 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 category. 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 Multiple Entry, please name your images in the following format: title of the work_1, title of the work_2, title of the work_3, title of the work_4, title of the work_5. (Please also refer to Submission Guideline 6.3.1)

  • 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

    The Frankfurt Book Fair is the international publishing industry's biggest trade fair - with 7,100 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, around 270,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and around 9,300 accredited journalists 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 Frankfurt Book Fair 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 Frankfurt Book Fair offers essential services and an ideal setting for the activities of publishers, entrepreneurs, pioneers, experts and visionaries. The Frankfurt Book Fair is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association.

Host Party

  • 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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