Illustration Contest
Smile Together

Are you the hidden talent we are looking for? Please send in your illustration inspired by this year’s theme “Smile Together”. The first prize winner’s artwork will be made into the festival’s key visual! You can send us your illustration to by Tuesday, January 31, 23:59 (CET).

Submission details

TitleIllustration Contest
ThemeSmile Together
Entry start dateFriday 16th December 2022, 12:00 (CET)
DeadlineTuesday 31st January 2023, 23:59 (CET)
How to enterPlease send in your artwork inspired by this year’s theme “Smile Together”. Please send your illustration along with the title, your (artist)name and a message to as a JPG/JPEG file. Only one illustration will be selected by the board of Japan Festival after careful discussion and deliberation. The selected artwork will be used on our website and social media accounts and at the event site as this year’s key visual.
Bestandsgroottew 6000 x h 6000 pixel, min. 300dpi (printed size: A0)

Please note:

The participant who submitted an image that was subsequently selected as the winning image by Japan Festival Foundation is the winner. By submitting the image the participant gives his/her consent that the image:

– can be used for free by the Japan Festival;
– can be used for free on the Japan Festival website and social media accounts;
– may be resized to any format by reducing or cropping it without further notice;
– remains the property of the winning participant

The name of the maker will be announced along with the image. If the participant wishes to remain anonymous or use an artist name, this must be stated at the submission.

The name of the winning participant will be announced on various social media accounts after the deadline. Please note that only the winning participant will be notified by email of the results.

Participants are responsible for any entries that infringe on the copyrights of third parties. Entrants are responsible for any damages resulting from infringement of third party copyrights. Each participant indemnifies the Japan Festival Foundation for any claims made by third parties against the Japan Festival Foundation with respect to the submitted image.

This notice is a translation from the Dutch text. In case of inconsistencies, the Dutch version shall prevail.

The Japan Festival Illustration Contest 2022

The first prize winner of 2022: James Kok

Jury Prize winner of 2022 – Seb Cornelje