Profiles of Winners of the 12th Concours

Nasrin Khosravi
Iran
Grand Prize
Born in 1950. B.A. in graphics from the School of Fine Arts, Tehran University. Graphic artist at the Institution for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults. Currently working on illustrations for Boof Koor by the famous Iranian author Sadegh Hedayat. Illustrated many children's books and exhibited in numerous exhibitions. Runner-up in the 9th Noma Concours and winner of various awards in national and international illustration contests.
Jainal Amambing
Malaysia
Second Prize
Born in 1968. Freelance artist. Winner of several prizes for illustrations in Malaysia and Encouragement Prize winner in the 11th Noma Concours. Exhibited works overseas.
Lee Hye Kyung
Rep.of Korea
Second Prize
Born in 1965. M.A. in Fine Arts from the Communication Design Dept. of Ewha Women's University. Freelance illustrator and instructor at the Dept. of Communication Design, Ewha Women's University. Second Prize winner at the 10th Illustration Contest of the Korea Publishing Illustrator's Association. Runner-up in the 11th Noma Concours.
Rosa Mercedes Gonzalez
Argentina
Runner-up
Born in 1955. Visual arts teacher and professor of drawing and engraving at the Provincial School of Fine Arts, Cordoba, Argentina. Primary focus on illustrating picture books for children. Received several awards including Runner-up in 11th Noma Concours.
Abdus Shakoor
Bangladesh
Runner-up
Born in 1947. B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Arts and Crafts, Dhaka, and post-graduate diploma in Fine Arts from M.S. University of Baroda, India. Professor at the Institute of Fine Art, University of Dhaka. Participated in many national and international exhibitions in 16 different countries. Runner-up in 11th Noma Concours, Second Prize winner in the International Miniature Art Exhibition.
Marilda Castanha
Brazil
Runner-up
Born in 1964. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Currently a freelance illustrator. Illustrations published in several children's books. Encouragement Prize in the 8th Noma Concours, selected by FNLIJ for Best Illustration of the Year in 2000.
Osvaldo Chong Carrillo
Cuba
Runner-up
Born in 1967. Graduated from the Academy of Arts San Alejandro and I.S.A. Instituto Superior Bellas Artes. Painter and illustrator of several published works. Runner-up in 10th Noma Concours and winner of the Premio la Rosa Blanca in 1994.
Sonali Biswas
India
Runner-up
Born in 1974. B.A. in Art History from Viswa Bharati University, West Bengal and M.A. in the same from M.S. University of Baroda in India. Currently working as a freelance artist and illustrator.
Anahita Taymourian
Iran
Runner-up
Born in 1972. Graduated with M.S. in architecture and painting. University lecturer at Free University of Iran.
Elham Asadi
Iran
Runner-up
Born in 1971. B.A. in graphics from the School of Fine Arts, Tehran University, and M.A. in illustration from the Tehran Fine Art University. Currently studying painting at Firenze Bella Art Academia, Italy. First prize winner in the Iranian Art Students Competition in the illustration section in 1999.
Feeroozeh Golmohamadi
Iran
Runner-up
Born in 1951. Studied at an art university in Iran and later developed a unique style acclaimed as a modernization of the Persian miniature. Currently executive secretary of Tehran International Biennial for Illustration. Winner of numerous prestigious national and international awards including Runner-up in the 7th and 8th Noma Concours and Second Prize in 11th Noma Concours.
Arnaldo Bernabe Mirasol
Philippines
Runner-up
Born in 1956. Studied Fine Arts at University of Santo Tomas and University of the East. Picture book illustrator for Tahanan Books. Best Entry winner in 1st Metrobank Young Painters Annual in 1984.
Tongnevi Kokou Maurice
Togo
Runner-up
Born in 1959. Studied drawing and painting at the Ecole Universelle de Paris, library studies at EDUCATEL in Rouen France, publishing and distribution at CAFED in Tunisia and printing and publishing techniques at ERTI in Paris. Also studied at the University of Benin in Togo. Currently a graphic designer and illustrator for children books with Nouvelles Editions Africaines du Togo. Received "Illustrations of Africa" award from the Mediateque of Laxou, France.
M. Siddiq Zhakfar
Afghanistan
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1962. Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Kabul University. Works displayed in exhibitions in Afghanistan and neighboring countries. Received several awards from the Union of Artists and the Ministry of Information and Culture.
Caren Florance
Australia
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1967. B.A. from Australian National University and M.A. in English from University of New South Wales College. Currently studying towards a B.A. in visual arts, print media and drawing workshop while working as a desktop publisher. Contributor and participant in several publications and exhibitions.
Claudia Perez Ayala
Bolivia
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1966. Completed numerous art and design courses in various media. Currently a graphic designer, illustrator and consultant. Winner of several awards, including the Encouragement Prize in the 11th Noma Concours.

Enrique Lara Robayo
Colombia
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1972. Studied graphic design at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Currently a freelance illustrator as well as design and illustration teacher.
Luis Fernando Garcia Guayara
Colombia
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1973. Studied graphic design at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Currently a freelance illustrator as well as design, illustration and plasticine teacher.
Ramsingh Urveti
India
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1970. A painter in various mediums for the past 15 years, his works have been published in many magazines and displayed in national exhibitions. Received open award for Tribal and Folk Exhibits at the 12th All India Art Contest and Exhibition and an Honorable Mention in the 41st National Exhibition of Art, both in 1998.
Dadi Setiyadi
Indonesia
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1977. Painter and sculptor. Currently a student in the Fine Art Faculty of the Indonesia Institute of Art in Yogyakarta.
Farshid Shafiei
Iran
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1969. Studied graphic design at Islamic Azad University and animation in an art university. Currently an illustrator, graphic designer and animator. Illustrations published in numerous children's books. Received 1st prize in the Tehran Magazine Festival in 1999 and 2nd prize in 2000, as well as the Special Award in the Tehran Animation Festival, 2001.
Saeed Rezaii
Iran
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1977. Received diploma of art from theM School of Visual Arts in Mashhad, Iran. Currently a student in the Faculty of Arts and Architecture at Azad University. Second Prize winner for book illustration in Festival of Students 2000 and Third Prize winner for Kuranic Story Illustration 2001.
Intelaq M. Ali
Iraq
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1963. Illustrator and designer. Currently assistant animator for Shiraa Animation Studio. Participated in many national and international exhibitions. Grand Prize winner in both picture book illustration and poster concours for control of environmental pollution. Encouragement Prize in the 9th, 10th ,and 11th Noma Concours.
Manuel Monroy Garcia
Mexico
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1970. Studied graphic design at Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City. Currently a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. Received Quorum 1st Prize for movie poster design and illustration and A la Orilla del Viento Unique Prize for text and illustration of Rabieta Trebejos.
Rosario Valderrama Zaldivar
Mexico
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1958. Studied graphic design at the Universidad Metropolitana Xochimilco in Mexico. Freelance illustrator predominantly of books for children and young readers. Illustrations published in numerous books. Selected as Illustrator of the Year by UNICEF/Bologna in 1992. Awarded Third Prize in Catalogo de Publicaciones Infantiles y Juveniles (Mexico) in 1996 and Honorary Mention in Utopia, Cartagena de Indias (Columbia) in 2000.
M. Amarhuu
Mongolia
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1966. Studied at the School of Art in Ulaanbaatar and the Mongolian University for Teaching. Illustrator of books and the newspaper "Hongor Zul". Illustrations published in more than 120 books. Selected as Best Worker in Art in 2000 and awarded a diploma for the International Concours of Wall Pictures in Kazakstan in 1999.
Shwe Kyaw Lin
Myanmar
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1945. Graduated from Mandalay Art School. Has illustrated several magazine covers and picture postcards. Won the second prize in 1991 Poster Contest and the prize for 1992 Picture Postcards Contest in Myanmar. Also Encouragement Prize winner in 11th Noma Concours.M
Aithnia Batchelor
New Zealand
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1948. Received a Practical Art Centre Trust certificate. Work displayed in several national and international exhibitions. Received several awards and selected as a finalist in many competitions.
Ruben M. De Jesus
Philippines
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1961. B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines. Currently Assistant Professor at the same university. Illustrated numerous books and publications and participated both as an artist and judge in various exhibits and contests. Received numerous awards including the Award of Excellence for Best PR Tool for Special Publication, Anvil Awards in 1999 and the Illustrator's Prize of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People in 1999.
Piet Grobler
South Africa
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1959. Studied theology at University of Pretoria and journalism at University of Stellenbosch. Received graphic design diploma from Cape Town Technical College. Minister of religion, graphics editor and illustrator. Second Prize winner and Encouragement Prize winner in 10th and 11th Noma Concours, respectively, and recipient of several other awards.
Paul Miranda
SriLanka
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1963. Graduated from the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Currently assistant art teacher at Darley Road Boys School and art designer. 1st place in Children Literature Book, National Youth Service Council in 1997 and 2nd place in the Stamp Design Gam Udawa Festival in 1991.
Ahmed Amir Jabir
Sudan
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1959. B.A. in graphic design from the College of Fine and Applied Arts in Khartoum. Studied painting, writing and illustrating for children's books at the Slade School of Art and at Kensington and Chelsea College in London. Currently a freelance visual artist as well as a teacher and workshop facilitator. Received Runner-up in 7th, and 9th, and Encouragement Prize in 11th Noma Concours, Maulid Festival Grand Prize in 1993, the gold medal from the Biennale of Shrjah, Sudan Pavilion in 1993, and the bronze medal from Biennale of Cairo in 1986.
Elias Al-Hamwi
Syria
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1952. Graduated from the Dept. of Ornamental Arts in Damascus University. Currently teacher of fine arts at the Teacher's Training Institute. Also illustrates children's books and magazines as well as designing for advertisements. Two-time recipient of prizes in the Arab Caligraphy Competition of the IRCICA Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture in Istanbul.
Wachira Srisong
Thailand
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1967. B.A. in Creative Arts from the Liberal Arts Faculty of Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Freelance artist, designer and interior decorator. Recipient of numerous awards in various categories. Has a broad range of experience in designing and decorating.
Kagan Guner
Turkey
Encouragement Prize
Born in 1963. B.A. in industrial design from Istanbul Mimar Sinan University and M.A. in public art and design from London Chelsea College of Art and Design. Currently a freelance artist and illustrator. Works exhibited in London and Turkey. Has published several children's books. Runner-up in 7th Noma Concours and recipient of Encouragement Prize in 8th and 11th Noma Concours.