2019 Golden Pinwheel judges announced!

Since its creation in 2015, the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition is providing a venue for emerging illustrators to showcase their talent. It aims to build bridges between them and children's publishers, both domestically and globally. In so doing it is giving fresh life to China's children's book industry.

The 2019 competition was launched smoothly on 1 April with the opening of the artwork submission period. With today’s jury announcement, we are completing the picture of what the new Golden Pinwheel edition will look like, taking our excitement to a new level like weather temperatures in these early summer days.

The judges are five acclaimed illustration specialists from China and abroad. In a first step starting mid-July, the judges will work online from their respective countries to establish a shortlist of 50 illustrators to be released on 12 September. On 14 November, all the jury members will meet in Shanghai for a last round of deliberation as to determine the winners of the different Golden Pinwheel awards. All five judges will be attending the Golden Pinwheel award-giving ceremony and take part in CCBF programme of events on 15-17 November.

Judges lineup

The 2019 Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrator Competition judges are:

  • Ivan-Canu

    Ivan Canu (Italy)
    Illustrator, Writer and Director of Mimaster Illustrazione

  • André-Letria

    André Letria (Portugal)
    Illustrator and Publisher, Pato Lógico Edições

  • Kiyoko-Matsuoka

    Kiyoko Matsuoka (Japan)
    Associate Director, Itabashi Art Museum

  • 杨忠

    Yang Zhong (China)
    Director, Picture Book Creation Studio, China Central Academy of Fine Arts

  • 周翔

    Zhou Xiang (China)
    Illustrator and Director, Oriental Baby Press

Up to now, we have received illustrations from more than 30 countries and territories, including China, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Iran. But there are never enough new talents to discover, so we are always ready for more!

Whether you are still in working on your illustrations, or if you are still trying to chose which ones to submit, or if you are just learning about our competition for the first time, there are still a few weeks to enter your art to the Golden Pinwheel submission platform. Don’t forget the entry deadline is 15 July 2019.

Click below to learn more about the competition rules