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Kyoto International Manga Anime Award 2021 Illustration Contest We’d like to thank everyone for participating.
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What is Kyoto International Manga Anime Award?

Kyoto International Manga Anime Award is an international competition for aspiring creators and manga artists, who want to make their professional debut through Kyoto.


2020 Gene

Gene is serializing "wei guang de zhao huan shi" (Summoner of Faint Light) in Ever Glory Publishing (Taiwan)

2019 HSU,JING

The artist will be publishing a drawing tutorial book in China

Illustration contest theme is "Travel to Kyoto"

The theme for 2021 is "Travel to Kyoto"

It's not easy to travel these days, so why not travel to Kyoto with illustrations?

If you have been to Kyoto, please illustrate your memories of Kyoto. If you have never been to Kyoto, please illustrate places you would like to visit or things you would like to do in Kyoto.

Prize

Grand Prize Award
(One of the best contents from among the prize-winning works in the manga, illustration, and CG animation contests.)

100,000 yen + invitation to the Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair(Announcement at the award ceremony)

Excellence Award(1 artwork)

50,000 yen + Invitation to the Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair

Runner-up Award(1 artwork)

30,000 yen + Invitation to the Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair

Finalist(3 artwork)

10,000 yen

Special Jury Award
(One content that the judges recognize as the best among the works that did not win a prize in the Manga, Illustration, and CG Animation contests.)

10,000 yen + Invitation to the Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair

The winners will be invited to Kyoto, Japan!

The results will be announced on this page in early September, and the winners of the Grand Prize, Excellence Award, Runner-up Award, and Judges' Special Award will be invited to the award ceremony scheduled to be held in Kyoto City on September 17 (Friday)!

The grand prize will be announced at the awards ceremony.

You will also be invited to the Kyoto International Manga and Anime Fair (Miyakomesse) on September 18th and 19th!

・The round-trip transportation expenses and accommodation fees (for one person per prize) will be taken care of by the organizer! They will also make arrangements for an interpreter.

Invitations will be extended to the Grand Prize, Excellence Award, Runner-up Award, and the Judges' Special Jury Award.
* There is a possibility that the event may be canceled or held online due to the new coronavirus. The details about that will be updated frequently.
* The alternative prizes for those who cannot travel to Japan due to the coronavirus are under consideration.
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Your shortcut to a professional debut!

【For the winners】

The prize-winning works of the Kyoto International Manga Anime Award Illustration Contest will be displayed at KYO-MAF and the secretariat will recommend the winners of the contest to all participating exhibitors in the "Kyoto Anime Game Company Career Forum" at KYO-MAF. You might get an offer from companies in the game and illustration industries? !

【Other options besides winning!? 】
Introducing the Illustration Scouting System!

If a company in the gaming and illustration industry that participates in the "Kyoto Anime Game Company Career Forum" held at KYO-MAF event on September 19 (sun) wants to offer a job to an artist, they can do that through MediBang. Even if you don't win, you might receive an individual job offer!

(There is a possibility that the event may be canceled or held online due to the new coronavirus. The details about that will be updated frequently.)

Special Review!

Judge

Illustrator

Nakamura Eight

A freelance illustrator based in Kyoto. Famous participation titles include "Duel Masters", "Puzzle & Dragons" and so on.

Judge

Illustrator

VOFAN

Illustrator from Taiwan. He is in charge of the character design of light novels by Nisio Isin "Bakemonogatari series" and "Boukyakutantei series".
Known for:
Playstation 4 Taiwan theme wallpaper illustrator,Fujyoushoujyo Xiao man character design , New Empire of angels (1999, character design, Softstar Entertainment Inc) , Empire of angels 3 (2002, Shangri-La Country character design, Softstar Entertainment Inc) , SUME mascot (1999, character design, SUME Co., Ltd.) , Famitsu Family Sanjiemei (2004, Famitsu mascot design) , Jyussei Tensei (Author: Minami Bara) / front cover (Tianshi publication, January 2009) , Story Series (Author: NIshio Ishin) / front cover , Boukyaku Tantei series (Author: NIshio Ishin) / front cover , Nijyugo-shu no kizuna (Author: mingrye) / front cover (Tong Li, January 16, 2015) , March Lion (Ending of the 12th episode of the anime) , Darkening of the light:Bone-pickers girl series(Author: Baqianzhi) / front cover (Sharp Point Publishing,August 1, 2019)

Judge

Creative Freaks: CEO

Mineaki Sugata

After working as a CG designer at a video game company, he founded the game development circle Creative Freaks. After that, he incorporated the company and is currently working mainly on background art for animation.

Enter in 4 easy step

  • 1Draw a illustration

  • 2Check the box next to the banner

    Required!

  • 3Submit the participant formSubmit to ART street

    Required!

  • 4Submit to ART street

    Submit

Submission Details

Entry Period
May 10, 2021 (Mon) - July 26, 2021 (Mon) 5PM * Japan time
Entry Format
・JPG, PNG, PSD, MDP(File size: Under 30MB)
・No designated size, but the DPI must be at least 300
Qualification Requirements
Applicants who wish to be a manga artist or illustrators who wants to make a professional debut in Japan (nationality is not an issue)
Applicants who are willing to participate in the award ceremony.
Please Note
・The number of applications is unlimited. We welcome applications for multiple works.
・Entries must be an original work where the applicant has the copyrights. You may not enter works that have been published in a commercial magazine (including online), won awards in a competition, or currently participating in a competition. You may submit works that you have already posted on an art website, social media, etc.
・Depictions that infringe upon the rights (image rights, copyrights, etc.) of a third party are prohibited.
・Anyone can enter the contest, regardless of whether they are a pro or just draw as a hobby.
・Secondary creation work is not possible.
・Entries that are sexual, or might result in causing harm to other people are not accepted. Any entries breaking this rule will be blocked or account suspended.
・Various parts of the prize-winning works (such as the title, pen name, part or all of the work, etc.) may be used as necessary by the organizer for free and without compensation for purposes such as announcing the results of the contest, printed materials, and use on the homepage in order to publicize and record the project.
・Entrants should keep the original file before the results announced.
・The rights of the work submitted for the prize belong to the entrant, however each editorial department may contact the entrant through the organizer for magazine publication.
・The prize may be revoked if we discover that an entry condition was not fulfilled prior to the completion of the judging.
・You can submit any artwork that is drawn by any paint tool in analog and digital.
・After the entry period has ended, you may receive a notification from info-contests@medibang.com to the email address registered in your MediBang account. If you do not reply within the reply deadline, your work may be excluded. Check your email and email settings. You can check your registered email address here.
*This does not mean everyone will receive an email from info-contests@medibang.com after the entry period.
*We will not answer questions on info-contests@medibang.com.
・Works that are submitted to the contest will be posted for free and without compensation on the website managed by the city of Kyoto and MediBang, Inc., social networking services/sites, catalogs, etc., for purposes such as contest promotion, advertising, announcing the results, etc.
・At the award ceremony, photos of the winners will be taken. Please note that those photos may be posted on websites and social media managed by the city of Kyoto and MediBang Inc.
How to Enter
【Try to enter the contest from from this page】
1.Register or log-in ART street.
2.Click "enter" at the bottom of this page.
3. It will take you to the entry form. Please fill it in.
4.Choose your artwork, upload it and press "Submit (Publish)"

【Try to use artwork been already submitted to ART street】
1.Select "illustrations" from "Your submissions"
2.Choose the submission and press "Details"
3.Add "Kyoto International Manga Anime Award 2021 Illustration Contest" banner from "Apply for a Contest"
4. It will take you to the entry form. Please fill it in.
5. Click "Submit (Publish)".

【Enter from MediBang Paint】
1. Search for "Kyoto International Manga Anime Award 2021 Illustration Contest" under "Contest" or "Apply for a Contest"
2. Click "Yes" when the message ”This contest cannot be entered from the app" appears.
3.Click "enter" at the bottom of this page.
4. It will take you to the questions. Please fill it in.
5.Choose your artwork, upload it and press "Submit (Publish)"
Prize
Grand Prize Award(One of the best contents from among the prize-winning works in the manga, illustration, and CG animation contests.):100,000 yen + invitation to the Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair(Announcement at the award ceremony)
Excellence Award(1 artwork):50,000 yen + Invitation to the Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair
Runner-up Award(1 artwork):
Finalist(3 artwork):10,000 yen
Special Jury Award(One content that the judges recognize as the best among the works that did not win a prize in the Manga, Illustration, and CG Animation contests.):10,000 yen + Invitation to the Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair
The Grand Prize will be announced at the awards ceremony. The total prize money awarded to the Grand Prize winner will be 100,000 yen.
* The winners will be presented to the companies that will be exhibiting at the "Kyoto Anime Game Company Career Forum" scheduled for September 19 (Sun) at Miyako Messe.
* Interpreters will be present to assist the winners
* There is a possibility that the event may be canceled or held online due to the new coronavirus. The details about that will be updated frequently.
If we cannot invite you to Kyoto due to the coronavirus, we are planning to send you a gift of Kyoto's traditional goods, etc by mail. (This is for those who have been invited to the award ceremony).
How to Claim the Prize
Prize money will be credited to your Medibang account you applied with. To receive the prize money, you need to register a PayPal account or your bank account information. (The transfer fee is borne by the winner.)
Attention!
By entering in this contest, you are agreeing to the Entry Terms , so be sure to read the full text. In addition, about the entered illustration/s, PLEASE NOTE that after the contest recruitment period is over, except for the addition of tags, it can not be edited or deleted.

Please register and enter the contest!