Illustrators play a very important role in adding vitality and vigour to children’s books through the illustrations and the visual shapes they create about the characters and worlds in stories and tales. Such elements helps stimulate children’s and young people’s imagination. Due to the importance of images in book creation, the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival launched the Sharjah Children’s Books Illustrations Exhibition in 2012 through the support and sponsorship of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The Exhibition aims to provide a wide interactive space with international illustrations in high quality children’s publications.
The Sharjah Children’s Books Illustrations Exhibition calls upon international illustrators to take part in the Exhibition and compete objectively under neutral rules and principles to showcase their illustrations to a wide group of audience. The participants will compete to win the Exhibition’s annual awards whereby the first winner will receive 8000 USDs, whereas the second and third winners will receive 6000 and 4000 USDs, respectively. Three incentive awards valued at 1000 USDs each will also be granted.