The Young Illustrators Award 2012

Calling for submissions!

The Award

The Young Illustrators Award is one of the most internationally renowned competitions for rewarding creativity and innovation in personal contemporary illustration and graphics. It encourages and supports designers in their artistic practice and offers them an internationally recognized platform from which to launch their careers.

"Young", in this context, does not refer to the age of eligible participants but to the works that can be submitted: in the sense of "current and fresh". There's no age restriction!

The main goal of the YIA is to present the partly undiscovered and vivid scene of creators from all over the world to the public and to encourage the creative exchange. These works are important statements of contemporary aesthetics, demonstrating the current visual power of the international illustration scene.

The categories

To give an extensive indication of current trends in graphics and illustration, 3 different categories are awarded:

- Illustration (including Pattern Design)
- Animation
- Book Illustration/ Book Art

Eligible applicants

- illustrators
- visual artists
- pattern designers
- graphic designers
- animation artists or character designers
- book artists or book illustrators
- graphic artists
- draftsmen
- comic artists

Eligible for submission
Illustrative art works, art and installation projects with graphic influences, animations and book art objects qualify for submission. They can be sent to us as:

- Images
- Animated films
- Book Art objects


Submissions can be handed in until the 30st of November 2012. The jury will decide the winners of each category on the beginning of December 2012.


The first 30 nominees of the Young Illustrators Award will be invited to Berlin and get the opportunity to exhibit their work at Illustrative 2013. The first 3 winners await prizes worth 6000 Euros as well as publications, illustration agency contracts and a chance to be featured in future international exhibitions.

For the first time, we additionally invite 3 of the 30 nominees of the award to live and work with us for a 3 months period at our exhibition space 'Direktorenhaus' in Berlin in the framework of the Illustrators-in-Residence-Programme of Direktorenhaus. The artistic concept developed during that time will be presented here afterwards in a special exhibition. Also the travel expenses for winners outside Berlin will be assumed by us.


Illustrative Festival

The Young Illustrators Award is a project of the Art Festival Illustrative taking place once a year that aims to support young artists and the genre of illustration as well as to give visibility to the creative potential of contemporary graphics, illustration and animation. Since its start in 2006, it has become a worldwide renowned art festival throughout its six editions.

The venue is Berlin, the hometown of Illustrative and one of the most important centres of the international art world. In April 2013, the sixth edition of Illustrative will bring around 150 international and national artists to Berlin.

The festival represents the forefront of the contemporary illustration scene. The participants of the festival will be selected by the curator Pascal Johanssen and the artistic advisory as well as by the jury of the Young Illustrators Award, which will be elected each year.

The idea of Illustrative is to show the entire spectrum of international illustration and graphic art in one single curated exhibition, highlighting moreover the transitional and intermediate areas between applied and fine arts.

With its thematic orientation, the festival is unique. However, it does not consider itself as a niche-event within the graphic industry, but accessible on a large scale, to a diverse and interested public. It aims to help the next generation of “Cutting Edge Visual Culture” to gain the public’s attention and recognition that it deserves.

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