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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            2017年全球插画奖征集文件



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: Christopher John Hudson

Title: Publisher

Organization: The Museum of Modern Art, New York


Personal Profile: Christopher Hudson is the publisher of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Museum publishes scholarly texts, exhibition catalogues, and print and digital publications for the general public on modern and contemporary art. This includes a growing line of books for children. From 1986 to 2005, Mr. Hudson served as publisher for the Getty Museum and Trust, and developed several hundred titles in the fields of archaeology, antiquities, conservation, the fine arts, and illustrated books for children. He is currently chairman of the International Association of Museum Publishers, president of the International Federation of Scholarly Publishers, a board member of the Motovun Group of international publishers, and a member of the Copyright Committee of the International Publishers’ Association.


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:Christian Bruel

Title:Publisher, novelist, picture book designer, exhibition curator, writer of studies

Personal brief:Christian Bruel, born in 1948 in Paris, had founded and led Le Sourire qui mord publishing (1976-1996), then Editions Etre (1997-2012). Vice President of the Centre de promotion du livre de jeunesse (Children’s Book Promotion Center) and Vice Secretary of the Quand les livres relient agency for reading, he provides trainings and conferences on this broad cultural field, especially at the Ecole du livre de jeunesse (Children’s Book School), located in Montreuil, France. 



  • 1.When does the new competition open?

    The Global Illustration Award 2017 opens in April 27 2017. Please keep an eye on the website. The submission deadline is July 14, 2017.

  • 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.

    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 2017.

    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: We will help solve your problem as soon as possible. 

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

    All the participants will receive the GIA2016 official publication - The 1st Global Illustration Award 2016 for FREE

    Participants will also 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 significant award money in cash

        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 GIA2017: Book Illustration, Original Unpublished Children’s Picture Book, 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. 

    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 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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