The Golden Pinwheel International Young Illustrators Competition, organized by the Shanghai Children’s Book Fair (CCBF), aims to identify talented young illustrators from around the world. Since the first edition of the contest in 2015, over 2,000 entries from 24 countries have been received.
Iranian artists Mehdi Ashari, Mohammad Barrangi, Maryam Hassan-nejad, Najmeh Moradi, Azar Teimuri and Zahra Mohammadnejad are among the announced finalists. They will be competing with 44 other illustrators coming from China, Spain, UK, Chile, Argentina, Canada and Portugal, and several other countries.
Past Iranian winners include Fatemeh Nakhai who shared the top prize with China’s Ye Luying (2016 Grand Prix), Banafsheh Erfanian & Ali Ghorbanimoghaddam (2016, Awards of Excellence), and Mahshid Raghemi (2016, Publishers’ Choice Award).
Winners will be announced on November 17.
2016 Grand Prix Award – Snake King and Rabbit Princess by Fatemeh Nakhaei
Award of Excellence (2016) – Untitled by Banafsheh Erfanian
Award of Excellence (2016) – Souvenir by Ali Ghorbanimoghaddam
Publisher’s Choice Award (2016) by Mahshid Raghemi