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11th International Manga Award Winners Announced

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Contest for foreign artists held annually in Japan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan announced the winners of its 11th Annual Japan International Manga Awards on December 14. The awards recognize foreign manga creators, and anyone outside of Japan can submit their work for consideration. There were a total of 15 winners: one Gold, three Silver, and 11 Bronze.

Henry Díaz and Pablo Guerra of Colombia won the Gold Award for their work "The Two Aldos" (seen right).

The three Silver Award winners are as follows:

Atelier Sentô of France for the work "Onibi"

Rerekina Nataliia and Martynenko Nataliia of Ukraine for the work "Viva Eve! Long Live Life!"

Sally of Taiwan for the work "Left Hand Vol. 1"

The Bronze Award winners are as follows

  • Ahmed Mohammed Al Ali and Mohammed Yousef Al Meraikhi of the United Arab Emirates with "Mightier"
  • Dai Hing Yin of China, Hong Kong with "Secret Weapon
  • Umlando Wezithombe, Santa Buchanan, and Nelson Mandela Foundation of South Africa with "Mandela"
  • BigN of China with "Clearsky City"
  • Kinono of Taiwan with "Dutchman in Formosa"
  • Yu-Yung Yeh of Taiwan with "Cat Swordsman"
  • Eric Cheng and Guangzhou Baiman Culture Communication Co., Ltd. of China with "Westward"
  • Patcharakan Pisansupong of Thailand with "The Art of Laziness"
  • Mork of Thailand with "On This Day"
  • Gawin Satawut of Thailand with "Based on True Stories"
  • Thomas von Kummant and Benjamin von Eckartsberg of Germany with "Gung Ho - 3"

The contest received 326 entries from 60 countries. The regions with the most entries were China with 50, Thailand with 25, and Taiwan with 23.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan established the International Manga Awards in May 2007 and it has been held annually since then. This year's jury included manga artists Machiko Satonaka, Ban Ippongi, and Mitsuru Miura, and manga magazine editors Masafumi Kumata and Kouichi Yuri.

Update: Corrected author's name to Henry Díaz. Thanks, Lactobacillus yogurti.

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