The 2022 Countess Marescotti Award For Distinguished African Collegiate Illustrators

Are you a student artist who is interested in an international career as an illustrator?

Would you like to work on books, movies, television series and ad campaigns for the world´s leading publishing, animation and advertising companies?

Makerere University has partnered with Milan Illustrations Agency to provide you the opportunity to jumpstart your illustration career with two years of professional representation in Europe and North America.

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The registration deadline is December 22nd, 2021. Don´t miss your chance to launch your professional illustration career. Register today by filling out the form below.

Please select one or more illustration award categories in which you would like to compete.

Usborne Books Makerere University Young Author

WHAT IS THE COUNTESS MARESCOTTI AWARD PROGRAM?

The Countess Marescotti Award for Distinguished African Collegiate Illustrators is an illustration competition that provides awardees with two years of professional representation with Milan Illustrations Agency (MIA). Shefalika Marescotti, a veteran of the European illustration industry with a career spanning 22 years, is offering the most talented students at the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial & Fine Arts at Makerere University the opportunity to launch illustration careers within the global publishing, advertising and animation industries.

WHY SHOULD YOU COMPETE?

Platinum Award winners receive an in-depth review of their illustration work by Mary Cartwright, the internationally renowned Art Director of Usborne Publishing. Usborne is a global leader in children´s book publishing and won the Children´s Publisher of the Year award at the 2020 British Book Awards.

Platinum Award winners of the Distinguished Illustrator award category will receive a two year contract for representation by Milan Illustrations Agency

Platinum Award winners receive an individual portfolio page on the Milan Illustrations Agency website.

Platinum Award, Gold Award, Silver Award and Honorary Mention Award winners will have their work is showcased to the world´s leading publishers, animators and ad agencies via MIA´s email and social media marketing campaigns

Platinum Award, Gold Award, Silver Award and Honorary Mention Award winners will have their and their work are featured in a global press release. You will be featured alongside industry leaders and innovators in publishing and illustration.

Platinum Award, Gold Award, Silver Award and Honorary Mention Award winners may be featured at the 2022 Bologna Book Fair, the premier annual meeting for the international children's literature publishing and content industry.

Platinum Award, Gold Award, Silver Award and Honorary Mention Award winners will receive a Certificate of Recognition attested by Milan Illustrations Agency, Usborne Publishing (UK) and Young Authors Publishing (USA).

Platinum Award, Gold Award, Silver Award and Honorary Mention Award winners may be selected to work on one or more paid illustration assignments.

WHEN IS THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE?

Registration for the competition will be open through December 22nd, 2021. Late entries may be approved by Heads of Department.

WHEN IS THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE?

Illustration submissions will be accepted for a period of nine weeks starting December 23rd, 2021 and ending February 24th, 2022.

WHEN ARE THE WINNERS ANNOUNCED?

Winners are announced at the 2022 Countess Marescotti Award prize-giving ceremony tentatively scheduled on March 7st, 2022.

WHO SELECTS THE WINNERS?

Winners are selected by a panel of judges comprising both Makerere University faculty and leaders from the book publishing and illustration industry.

  • judges

    Mary Cartwright
    Art Director
    Usborne Publishing

  • judges

    Leah Hernandez
    Founder & CEO
    Young Authors Publishing

  • judges

    Mary Cartwright
    Art Director
    Usborne Publishing

  • judges

    Dr. Assumpta Nagenda-Musana
    Senior Lecturer, Department of
    Architecture and Planning

  • judges

    Shefalika Marescotti
    Owner & CEO
    Milan Illustrations Agency

WHO IS THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS?

  • judges

    Louis Kironde
    President
    Makerere University Fine Arts Student Association

If you need any assistance with registration, art materials or submissions, please consult your head of department.
Milan Illustrations Agency wishes you the best of luck.

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