The winners of the 2017 edition of the Manga Jiman competition were revealed at a reception hosted at the Embassy of Japan on Friday 2 February 2018. The contest, now in its 11th year, continues to go from strength to strength, celebrating the talent of manga creators living in the UK. We are pleased to share with you the full list of winners here!
The first prize was taken by Shangomola Edunjobi, with his entry The Dream Catcher. Shangomola is a second time entrant to the contest who was the runner up in the 2016 edition of the competition. The judges commented that this year saw his story telling more refined, and his artwork matured. In particular, the uniqueness of his style impressed the judges, with them all agreeing that he was a deserving winner.
The Dream Catcher
The runner up was Alex Brennan-Dent, with his entry No Matter What. The judges thought that the manga was created in a style that speaks directly to the heart of the reader, commenting that this is the mark of a truly gifted storyteller. Third prize was taken by Pamela Lohkun. Her entry Dream Job wowed the judges with its beautiful artwork, which had been thoughtfully laid out to emphasise and compliment the content of the story.
No Matter What
The judges also commented that all of the shortlisted entrants should be incredibly proud of their achievement in making it this far in the competition. The large cross section of styles of the shortlisted artists is a tribute to the exciting world of creation in the UK today.
The full list of winners is as follows.
|Position||Title of Manga||Title of Manga|
|1st||The Dream Catcher||Shangomola Edunjobi|
|2nd||No Matter What||Alex Brennan-Dent|
|3rd||Dream Job||Pamela Lokhun|
|4th||Dream a Little Dream: A Manga||Andrew Attwell &
|5th||The Haircut||Daniel Byron|
|6th||The Dreamwalker||Ben Ho|
|7th||Dreaming Through Life||Richard Jeferies|
|8th||The Fisherman||Jenna Clark|
|9th||For What Reason Do I Live?||Lorelei Khan-Robinson|
|Youth Prize||Lonely Dreams||Felicity Neal|
|When a Cat Dreams…||Imogen Hughes|
All the winning entries can be read in full at the Manga Jiman Winners’ Exhibition which is on now at the Embassy of Japan. Pages from all of the entries to the 2017 contest will also be digitally displayed and our MANGA WALL will give you the opportunity to have a go at drawing your own manga character!
Exhibition at the Embassy of Japan
Manga Jiman Winners’ Exhibition: Open until 29 March 2018
Open weekdays 09:30 - 17:30, closed weekends.
*Open during half term (excluding weekends)
Note: the exhibition will be closed on 12 February and 21 March 2018
Admission is free, but photo ID is necessary to gain entry to the Embassy.
The Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT
For further information and updates on the competition, please see
https://www.facebook.com/MangaJiman and https://twitter.com/mangajiman