I somehow missed this – if you did too: sound the fanfare! The Nami Concours 2015 winners have been announced!
Congratulations to Grand Prize winner Marcelo Pimentel from Brazil, for the illustrations from his first self-authored (wordless) picture book O Fim da Fila (‘The End of the Line’). The book had already been selected for the 2012 White Ravens Catalogue.
Since it’s a wordless picture book, translating it shouldn’t be too much of a problem, so perhaps we can look forward to it becoming readily available outside Brazil…
Golden Island prizes both go to German illustrators: Sonja Danowski for ‘Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village‘ (she also won a Golden Award at the inaugural 2013 Nami Concours!); and Torben Kuhlman for ‘Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse’ (English edition published by NorthSouth Books, 2014).
There are ten Purple Island prize winners: Awang Fadilah Ali Hussein (Malaysia), whose book Land Below the Wind I recently reviewed; Manon Gauthier (Canada); Mayah Hanisch (Chile); Mi-jung Lee (South Korea); Anna Morgunova (Russia); Urszula Palusinska (Poland); Andreja Peklar (Slovenia); David Pintor (Spain); Tatiana Sugachkova (Russia); and Margarita Surnaite (Lithuania).
A goodly number of Encouragement Prizes were awarded too: see the Nami Concours website for the complete list. This year, the second Nami Concours, there were 1,330 entries in total; and the 94 winners come from 34 different countries. All the winning entries will be exhibited throughout May on Nami Island, South Korea.