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Vietnamese artists win Southeast Asian illustration award

Friday, December 07, 2018, 15:20 GMT+7
Vietnamese artists win Southeast Asian illustration award
Pham Quang Phuc and Hoang Ngoc Doan Trang’s entry to the 2018 ASEAN Children’s Books Illustrator Awards

Two Vietnamese illustrators have won an illustration award for amateur and professional children’s illustrators from ASEAN countries.

Vietnam’s Pham Quang Phuc and Hoang Ngoc Doan Trang proudly took home the ASEAN Children’s Book Illustrator Best in Fiction award at the 2018 ASEAN Illustration Awards, beating out artists from the other nine ASEAN nations – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand.

As part of the International Children’s Content Rights Fair (ICCRF), the 2018 ASEAN Illustration Awards closed out the fairs half-year run last Sunday.

The ICCRF was established in Thailand in 2017 to raise awareness for children’s and the youth's literary content. 

It serves as a platform for creative amateurs and professionals from ASEAN countries to present and develop their potential in children’s and youth content creation.

The ASEAN Illustration Award is presented by the ICCRF to children’s book illustrators from across ASEAN or illustrators from around the globe who have worked in one of the ten ASEAN member countries.

The main objectives of the awards are to raise standards and showcase the works of regional illustrators while encouraging interest in reading and literary art in a new generation of illustrators, youth, and the general public.

Phuc and Trang, both 29, received a cash prize worth $2,500 for their collection successfully depicting a ‘pure children’s world.’

“Working in the children’s literature field, Phuc and I always try to create interesting and beautiful books so that the children can unleash their imagination,” Trang told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

“Our entries [to the ASEAN Illustration Award] were also aimed at that purpose,” she added.

The highest prize of the competition – the ASEAN Children’s Book Illustrator Award of Excellence – went to Mohd Khairul Azman Ismail, a veteran illustration artist from Malaysia.

The teacher and children’s picture book illustrator was given $5,000 and a plaque graciously awarded by Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

All of the entries to the contest were exhibited at the second ICCRF held at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Center (CMECC) in Chiang Mai, Thailand from November 29 to December 2.

Last year, 112 illustrators participated in the ASEAN Children’s Books Illustrator Awards, the inaugural edition of the contest.

Below are Pham Quang Phuc and Hoang Ngoc Doan Trang’s entries to the 2018 ASEAN Children’s Books Illustrator Awards:

Pham Quang Phuc and Hoang Ngoc Doan Trang’s entry to the 2018 ASEAN Children’s Books Illustrator Awards
Pham Quang Phuc and Hoang Ngoc Doan Trang’s entry to the 2018 ASEAN Children’s Books Illustrator Awards
Pham Quang Phuc and Hoang Ngoc Doan Trang’s entry to the 2018 ASEAN Children’s Books Illustrator Awards
Pham Quang Phuc and Hoang Ngoc Doan Trang’s entry to the 2018 ASEAN Children’s Books Illustrator Awards
Pham Quang Phuc and Hoang Ngoc Doan Trang’s entry to the 2018 ASEAN Children’s Books Illustrator Awards
Pham Quang Phuc and Hoang Ngoc Doan Trang’s entry to the 2018 ASEAN Children’s Books Illustrator Awards
Pham Quang Phuc and Hoang Ngoc Doan Trang’s entry to the 2018 ASEAN Children’s Books Illustrator Awards
Pham Quang Phuc and Hoang Ngoc Doan Trang’s entry to the 2018 ASEAN Children’s Books Illustrator Awards

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Bao Anh / Tuoi Tre News

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