Shanghai book fair launches young illustrator competition

Shanghai book fair launches young illustrator competition

The Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) is launching a competition for illustrators aged between 18 and 39.
 
The competition is now open and illustrators, publishers and art schools from anywhere in the world can submit published or unpublished work produced during the past two years.
 
A jury will choose 50 finalists, whose work will be exhibited at a showcase during the three day fair, which will take place this year during 13-15th November. The finalists’ illustrations will also be published in a commemorative book, which will be sent to Chinese publishers.
 
Two winners – one Chinese and one international – will be announced at the fair, and the international winner will receive the airfare to attend in 2016.
 
Randy Wang, director of CCBF, said illustration is “deeply rooted” in Asia’s graphic culture. “This dynamic and creative field has gone through significant changes in the last few decades and now offers new and highly stimulating ways of triggering a child’s imagination.”
 
He said the picture book market has grown enormously in recent years, with sales of pre-school books reaching 48m in 2013.
 
CCBF also runs the Chen Bochui awards for illustrated books or picture books and this year the fair is allowing international publishers to submit their titles of choice for the first time.
 
The organisers of CCBF are predicting visitor numbers will increase to 30,000 this year, up from 25,000 in 2014.