The Third International Ex-libris Competition - Istanbul 2010


Istanbul Ex-libris Society and Işık University are organising an international ex-libris competition open to artists and designers from all countries in order to bring together and evaluate the authentic ex-libris prints of highest aesthetic, artistic and technical quality, created as marks of ownership for books, to encourage the artists, and introduce the art of ex-libris to the general public to create endearment.



Article 1. No limitation exists as to the theme chosen for the ex-libris.


Article 2.  Participants shall apply with at most 5 different works of art created between 2007 and 2010.  It is obligatory that three copies of each print be submitted, first of which shall be for Istanbul Ex-libris Museum, second for Işık University and third for the exhibition.


Article 3. No limitation exists regarding the printmaking techniques. In addition to traditional printmaking techniques, photographic works or computer designs shall also be accepted on condition that all works of art should be multi-copied. Photocopies, drawings or sketches shall not be accepted.


Article 4. The works of art shall be designed as ex-libris, i. e. as small-format art graphics created to be pasted into books to identify the owner. The ex-libris shall include the words "Ex-libris", "Exlibris", “Ekslibris”, “Bookplate” or an equivalent (for example, "from the library of...") together with the name of an alive person or an existing institution for whom or for which it has been created.


Article 5. Each print shall be signed or initialled by the artist. It is obligatory that the ex-libris bear legibly on the back of the print the artist's name, the symbol of the technique used, the year of creation and the name of the owner. In case of the usage of a non-Latin alphabet, Latin alphabet version shall appear on the back of the print with the English translation where necessary.


Article 6. The supporting paper of the ex-libris must not be larger than 210 mm x 150 mm. The printed surface of the ex-libris should not exceed 130 mm x 130 mm. It should fit esthetically onto the paper. The ex-libris shall not be matted, nor shall be pasted to a cardboard or coloured paper.


Article 7. The deadline for submission is 23 April 2010, the stamped postal date being decisive. The ex-libris shall be posted in the safest manner to avoid any kind of damage.


Article 8. The address for correspondence is: Prof. Dr. Hasip Pektas, Büyükdere Cad. Işık University, Faculty of Fine Arts, TR-34398 Maslak-Istanbul, Turkey. Tel: +90 212 286 49 11, Fax: +90 212 276 96 49, E-mail: General information about ex-libris:


Article 9. Prizes:

First Prize (Feyziye Schools Foundation); 1500 USD.

Second Prize (Işık University); 1300 USD.

Third Prize (Istanbul Ex-libris Society); 1100 USD.

Special Prize (IMOGA Istanbul Museum of Graphic Arts); 1000 USD.

Special Prize (GMK Turkish Society of Graphic Design); 1000 USD.

Special Prize (Beşiktaş Municipality); 500 USD.

Special Prize (Atölye Alaturka); 500 USD.

Special Prize (Itameks); 500 USD.

Special Prize (Johan Bosschem); 500 USD.

Special Prize (Devabil Kara); 500 USD.

Special Prize (Şükrü Ertürk); 500 USD.

Individuals and institutions are allowed to offer special prizes, which shall not be below 500 USD (= +- 400 Euro). The Jury shall also be competent to attribute Honourable Mentions to the ex-libris deserving honorary awards.


Article 10. The ex-libris shall be evaluated on the basis of their authenticity and originality, their artistic, technical and aesthetic merit, and the quality of the relation between the image and inscription in the composition.


Article 11. The Jury is composed of:

Yeşim Demir, Graphic Designer, President of GMK – Turkey

Onnik Karanfilian, Ex-libris Artist - Bulgaria

Hasip Pektas, Ex-libris Artist, University Professor - Turkey

Heinrich R. Scheffer, Ex-libris Collector - Austria

Süleyman Saim Tekcan, Printmaking Artist, University Professor - Turkey


Article 12.  A CD shall be prepared for the prizewinning and exhibited ex-libris.  The ones selected shall appear in the catalogue to be prepared and the creators of the ex-libris exhibited and catalogued shall receive a copy of the catalogue.


Article13. Submissions shall not be returned. Istanbul Ex-libris Society is entitled to use the exhibited ex-libris in the web-site, CD, catalogue, journals and books.


Article 14. A selection of the best works of art shall be exhibited in İstanbul, Ankara, İzmir as of August  2010.


Article 15. Participating in the competition, the artist shall be considered to have accepted its terms and conditions, and agrees to abide by the decisions of the jury.


Article 16. Participants shall fill in the form given below and post it together with the works submitted.



Name of Artist :

Address :

Phone Number :   


E - mail :

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