New Dreams·International Little Illustrator Competition (formerly known as the Orange Dream Little
Illustrator Competition is an annual event at the China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair
(CCBF). The purpose of the competition is to promote cultural exchange between Chinese Foreign Children.
Initiated by the Shanghai Municipal Press and Publication Administration, Organised by Shanghai Xinhua
Distribution Group Co, Ltd, the competition was founded in 2019. and it had become one of the most
influential children's illustration competition in the Asia Pacific. With participants from China, the
Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Italy, Canada, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, Singapore and other countries
and regions, the event has received the attention of mass-circulation media. It is fast becoming the
annual carnival for children worldwide, not only to compete but also to learn from each other.
The competition is aimed at children under 16. It is a stage for children worldwide to showcase their
artistic creativity and talent to a worldwide audience. The award ceremony and a selection of winning
works will be presented at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center as a signature event
of the China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair. The winning artworks from both China and
abroad will be compiled into a bilingual picture album for commemoration and a showcase of the artist
brilliance to readers at home and overseas.
2021 Competition Theme
■ Competition is open to any individual child less than 16 years
of age, irrespective of nationality. The competition is also open to entry by organisations.
Entry is free of charge.
◆ Toddlers: Born after 1st June 2015
◆ Children: Born after 1st June 2011
◆ Teens: Born after 1st June 2005
Original illustrations by children that fit the theme of the competition. We prefer to receive
flat/2D works. There is no restriction on the type of medium or material. Children are
encouraged to express themselves, using their own imagination to interpret the competition
■ Alongside each illustration, entries must be accompanied by a
written description and a voice message.
◆ Size of original artwork: Not greater in size than 260mm*368mm
(Canadian Tabloid) size paper.
■ Works-of-art previously submitted to the Orange Dream Little
Illustrator competition will not be accepted.
■ Individual entries can enter by clicking "Sign Up" page and
fill in the online application.
■ Organisation entries can enter by clicking "Organisation
application" page and fill in the online application.
■ All winners must provide the original artwork to the
competition organising committee. Those who cannot provide the original work are deemed to have
given up their prize and not participate in any winning works exhibitions.
The organising committee has authorised the establishment of regional competition in places with
a high concentration of applications. The organising committee will appoint an organiser to
organise the submissions within these regional competitions.
From now to 31th August (GMT +8, 24:00)
Open for submission: From now to 31th August 2021.
Outstanding Finalist announcement: October 2021.
Winners' announcement and Prizegiving: November 2021.
Exhibition of Outstanding entries works at CCBF: November 2021.
Road to Fame
Official CCBF Certificate and Prizes (if won)
● Media Exposure
Be Featured on both national and international media
● Intl. Exhibition & Cultural Exchange Prog.
Opportunity to be exhibited internationally and join with cultural exchanges prog.
● Bilingual Commemorative Picture Album
Be featured in a Bilingual Commemorative Picture Album
● Be a Visual Effect Designer
Have a say to be a part of the design team for next year's show and be featured on our website
● Comments by International Award-winning Illustrators
Receive comments and guidance by international award-winning illustrators
● Popularity Award
Outstanding awards can be awarded The Popularity Awards via online voting
● Award Presentation
This is the only International Book Fair that incorporates a children's illustration competition.
Winning works will be exhibited during the book fair, helping to promote children's art education
and appreciation of culture and a platform to display their master creations for the world to see.
Categories of prizes:
■ Outstanding Work Award
The best work of the competition selected by the Chinese panel of judges
■ Competition Winners Award
The winning entry of the competition selected by an international panel of judges
■ Most Popular Entry Award (will be invited to the award
Chosen among the outstanding works of the competition through online voting
■ Grand Prize Entry (will be invited to the awards ceremony)
◆ Best in Creativity Award
A work of art that is imaginative and shows age-appropriate childishness
◆ Artistic Beauty Award
Artwork that presents an integrated aesthetic in visual arts
◆ Most Promising Artist Award
The work is unique and original in its concept or creative style, expressing the personality and
inner thinking of the artist
◆ Star of New Dreams Award
The work has a deep storyline, in line with the theme of the competition, and has an infectious
and positive power
◆ Judges Special Nomination Award
Nominated by the international jury from among the winning entries
Ever since Alex had graduated from the Ural State University of Architecture and Art with a
degree in architecture in 1984, Alex has been engaged with work from publishing houses and music
labels. In 1998, Alex's design work crossed into television work. His work has been accepted by
18 local, national, and international TV channels, including the famous Channel One Russia.
Since 2006, Alex has been busy developing a multi-media character working "Zuza", which has
since become a hit in Russia winning many awards. Aside from designing work, Alex also teaches
at the Moscow Architectural Institute. Since 2018 he has been teaching at the FA-SAD studio, a studio for
children's interested in design and architecture. Aside from winning many design awards, Alex is
also a noted children poet, and his creation "Zuza" is famous throughout Russia and won him many
accolades and awards.
Vera is a graduate of Lucerne University with a BA in Illustration/Visual Communication. From
1994 to the present, Vera has been working for both print and digital media as an illustrator
and designer. Her works can be found in popular Swiss publishers such as Atlantis Verlag and the
popular Swiss children's magazine Jumi. From 2005 to 2008, Vera worked for Klett Verlag, the
famous Swiss educational publisher developing illustrated books for primary schools. As a noted
illustrator and designer, Vera has been asked to produced textbooks by the Zurich Department for
Education. Aside from developing textbooks, Vera also teaches illustration in a number of
universities and organises lectures and workshops for teacher training colleges, teachers and
Uğur graduated with a degree in graphic design from Bilkent University in 2013. From then
onwards, Uğur's talent is recognised, and he began to accumulate awards. This includes an
honourable mention by the GMK (Turkish Graphic Designers Association) and winning awards from
Taiwan's International Graphic Design and the Sharjah Children's Books Illustrations Exhibition.
The illustrations he made for Sabitfikir magazine earned Uğur the bronze prize in the Silk Road
Spirit Biennial, China. His first illustrated picture book Mistik We Don't Understand You: A
Story of Punctuation Marks! earned him a distinction, an award given by Nami Island Picture Book
Illustration Concurs in 2017. Another illustrated picture book, Dancing with the Rain won the
accolade "Excellent" issued by Communication Arts in 2019. Besides taking on illustration work
as a freelancer, Uğur also finds time to teach illustration at Yaşar University. In 2021, Uğur
was nominated for the prestigious ALMA (Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award) by the Turkish chapter
of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).