Entry Period Announced!
From May 10, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. until June 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (Japan Time)GO TO JAPAN SITE
Grand Prize (1 entry)
Cash prize of US$3,000 and a complete set of 358 colors of Copic Sketch, trophy, and more.
Second Place (2 entries)
A cash prize of US $1,000, a full 358 set of Copic Sketch markers, trophy and more.
Future Generation Art Prize (Youth Award): Grand Prize (1 Entry)
A full 358 set of Copic Sketch markers.
*Winner will be selected from applicants 18 years of age or younger at the time of entry
Judges’ Awards (5 entries)
Special edition Copic set with an autograph of one of the judges, Trophy and more.
Special 2021 edition Copic set.
*All finalists' entries will be returned framed.
Future Generation Art Prize (Youth Award) (100 entries)
Special 2021 edition Copic set.
*Winners will be selected from applicants 18 years of age or younger at the time of entry.
Copic Sketch 72 colors set and free 12-month subscription to pixiv premium. An exclusive interview on pixivvision.
Social Media Award (1 entry)
A full 180 set of Copic Ciao markers.
*Prize image shown above is from 2019 AWARD. This image is for illustration purposes only.Click here to learn about the New awards
Meet The Judges
Matsushita graduated in general design from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1985 and then, in 1987, completed his postgraduate studies. Matsushita was also awarded with prizes including the JAGDA New Designer Award, the TOKYO ADC Awards, the Education Minister’s Award and the Good Design Award.
Yabumae has curated a number of innovative exhibitions. Most recently, she was in charge of the overall planning and organization of the exhibition Eiko Ishioka: Blood, Sweat, and Tears—A Life of Design held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Her writings on modern and contemporary Japanese art have appeared in many art magazines/websites in Japan.
Holly has created fashionable illustrations and artful campaigns for TRESemmé, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney's New York, Neiman Marcus, and many more. She is also a popular influencer with more than 680,000 followers on Instagram.Check Out The Interview
Ogure (known as Oh! great) made his debut in Manga Hot Milk magazine back in 1995 with a manga called September Kiss. Since then, he has been working not only on manga but also on character designs for games and anime. He is best known for his manga series Tenjo Tenge, Air Gear, and Biorg Trinity with Otaro Maijo. Currently,Bakemonogatari (the adaptation of the novel series by Ishin Nishio) is being serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine.
The Tokyo native Nezu worked for Toyota Motor Corporation as a designer before starting his own design firm Znug Design in 2005. He has been involved in the development of the zecOO electric motorcycle, LOVOT family robot, Toyota concept car, Thermos portable mug, and many other products. Nezu is also a jury member for the Good Design Award 2014-2020 and wrote many books on design and communications.
Harada is known for her unique “bad-mouth" style and has published numerous manga/art books including classics likeTekara Dokugaderu Neko No Hanashi and Darenimo Mitsukarazuni Naiteiru Kimiwa Yasashii. She also works in a wide range of fields, including apparel and curation. Since 2019 Harada has been a lecturer at the Kyoto University of the Art.
*Artwork must have been created using Copic products.
*The size of artwork should be within L24″ x W18″x H12″ (L420mm x W297mm x H300mm) with the maximum weight of 11lbs (5kg).
*For the base material of artwork, fragile materials such as ceramic or glass are prohibited to use.
*No categories, no specific theme – we’ve purposely kept this broad to encourage imagination!
*Only one piece of artwork may be submitted per person.
* There are no restrictions for nationality, age, experience, area of residence, etc. Applicants must be individual artists, and not groups.
* Each entry is limited to artworks which have not already been made public either through another competition or exhibition (excluding personal exhibitions or one’s own social media page(s)).
1. Applicants can register for the AWARD and submit entry by clicking on the ENTRY button. Your entry will be open to the public after it has been reviewed to ensure that it meets the AWARD requirements.
2. Each entry is considered and scored on the AWARD's criteria, then the finalists will be decided by the judges.
3. Judges review all shortlisted artworks and select the winners of each prize.
4. Winners will be announced on copicaward.com at a date to be announced.
Notice To Applicants
*Any entry infringing on intellectual property rights or copyrights of others (e.g., plagiarism, imitation) will be disqualified.
*By entering the AWARD, applicants agree to grant the organizer’s reproduction rights over one's entry, including to create a catalogue, archive the images of submitted artworks and publicize artworks online and in any other form of communication chosen by the organizers.
*All applicants under the age of 13 require the consent of a parent or legal guardian.