Tapirulan Illustrators Contest

Deadline: 20 October 2020
Open to: artists of all nationalities
Benefits: the Jury Prize of 2,500 EUR


Nothing will ever be the same again. How many times have we heard that statement in the last few months? All because of a virus. Some say the pandemic will make us better, some say the opposite. What is certain is that if it is true that nothing will ever be the same, never like today have we been allowed to imagine a new, ideal, perhaps unattainable world, a world that does not exist, but can, at least in our desires, in our dreams. A utopia? Yes, a utopia!

Utopia is the theme of the sixteenth edition of Tapirulan illustrators contest, and those who participate become utopians by right. Close your eyes and think about your utopias, we are sure that you have not lost them, even if you are over thirty years old. Some people believe that utopias are a thing of the past, but we don’t, and you don’t either, right?

Imagine a place without borders, without hate and violence, without soldiers and weapons, where socks are fragrant, chocolate is not fattening and elephants are multi-coloured, like those of David McKee, the special guest and jury president this year.

Imagine and tell us about it, or rather draw it. In a utopian world there aren’t even winners and losers, you will say. Instead the the jury will select only 48 illustrated utopias for the exhibition and the catalog, because “the utopia is like the horizon: you walk two steps, and it moves two steps away. You walk ten steps, and it moves away ten steps”.


Artists of all nationalities can participate in the competition. There is no age limit however underage candidates need parents’ authorization. Every candidate is allowed to submit only one brand-new work. Works which have been awarded prizes previously will not be accepted.



  • The first prize awarded by the jury is 2.500 EUR.
    The winner of the prize will be invited next year to make his own solo exhibition at the Tapirulan Gallery, with the publication of the personal catalogue.
  • Thanks to the collaboration of Associazione Autori di Immagini, the winning work will be published on the Annual AI.
  • Thanks to the collaboration of Illustratore Italiano the winning work will be published on the magazine.


  • The Tapirulan Contest also includes a Popular Prize assigned to the most voted by tapirulan.it users.
    The popular prize is 500 EUR.


  • All 48 selected authors will receive a free copy of the calendar and catalog.
  • 12 authors will be selected to be published on the Tapirulan calendar and will receive a free copy.
  • All contest participants will be able to collect a free copy of the calendar during the award ceremony.

How to apply?

Draw a square illustration on the theme UTOPIA and send it by 20 October 2020 by filling in the online form.
For more details, please visit the official website.