2023 Jury - International Award for Illustration




Mónica Bergna

She was born in Mexico City in 1962. For more than 30 years she has been dedicated to researching and creating children's and youth literature. She worked at Ekaré and Tecolote. In 2017 she opened her own publishing house, Alboroto Ediciones, from where she makes inclusive, poetic and sometimes humorous picture books. In 2020, Alboroto was honored with the BOP Award (best publisher of the year), given by the Bologna Book Fair.

 Among the books she has edited are: The black book of colors, Tecolote, BCBF New Horizons Award (2007); Children, Alboroto ediciones, BCBF Poetry Mention (2021); The Purse, Alboroto ediciones, BCBF New Horizons Award (2023). 

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Lara Peces

Lara Peces has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Madrid with a double specialization: Graphic Design and Plastic Arts. In 2008 she joined the Children’s Books Division of Ediciones SM España, where she is the Art and Design Manager of the area.

She worked as a teacher of the Picture Book Master's Degree by i con i School, and has participated in several events and workshops on children's and young adults illustration. In 2022 she was a jury member of the Iberoamérica Illustra Award. 

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Nina Werhle

Nina Werhle (1984) founded with Evelyne Laube the illustration studio It’s Raining Elephants based in Lucerne. Since 2008, they have been developing their own projects and doing commissioned work. Their picture books, live visuals and illustrations for diverse applications engage the viewer in a playful visual dialogue. They also design and distribute the hoi ceramics line and teach narrative drawing at the Lucerne School of Art and Design and other institutions. They are both mothers of small kids, which greatly inspires our imagination and visual output. 

It’s Raining Elephants received the International Award for Illustration at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2012 and some other laurels. In 2018 they founded Bolo Klub, a long-term project that supports an emerging generation of picture book artists in Switzerland and brings them into contact with the publishing world in Bologna.  

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