Application Requirements

About the Pokémon Trading Card Game
Illustration Contest 2022

Since the Pokémon Trading Card Game (developed by Creatures Inc.) debuted as Japan’s first full-fledged trading card game, it has continued to be one of the most popular and best-selling trading card games in the world, and has been shipped in 13 languages and 76 countries and regions to date. The Pokémon TCG is celebrating 25 years this year, alongside the 25th anniversary of the beloved Pokémon brand.
Hosted by Creatures Inc., the Pokémon Card Game Illustration Grand Prix contest was held in Japan in 2019 and 2020, during which many beautiful illustrations were submitted and many talented artists were discovered. This year, the contest will be open to applicants from two countries, Japan and the United States, and centered around the theme of drawing a moment in a Pokémon’s daily life.
We look forward to seeing your exciting and wonderful illustrations.

Entry Period

October 13, 2021 (8 p.m. PT) – January 31, 2022 (6:59 a.m. PT)

Age Requirement

You must be legal residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years of age (nineteen (19) years of age in Alabama and Nebraska, twenty-one (21) years of age in Mississippi); OR legal residents of Japan who are at least twenty (20) years of age.


Grand Prize Winner

One (1) Grand Prize Winner from either Japan or the United States will receive a cash value of $5,000.
AND the winner’s illustration will be made into a promo card.

First Runner-Up
(Japan / United States)

Two (2) total First Runners-Up, one (1) from Japan and one (1) from the United States, will receive a cash value of $3,000.
AND each runner-up’s illustration will be made into a promo card.

Second Runner-Up

Two (2) Second Runners-Up from either Japan or the United States will receive a cash value of $1,000.

Judges’ Award

Fifteen (15) Judges’ Award Winners from either Japan or the United States will receive a cash value of $500.

Theme of Contest

“The Daily Life of Pokémon”

Choose 1 of the following 8 Pokémon and draw a moment in a Pokémon’s daily life.
Draw an illustration that captures the Pokémon going about its day, or an illustration that shows the Pokémon going about its day while adventuring or enjoying a moment in its daily life.
For details on each Pokémon, refer to the materials provided on the Pokémon Trading Card Game Illustration Contest official website.
Theme & Pokémon Reference Materials

Artwork Specifications

  • Follow the theme and draw not only the Pokémon but also the background.
  • Do not use alphanumeric text or text expressions in the background.
  • Winners may be asked to resubmit their data to optimize printing quality for promo card print requirements.
  • In principle, you should only draw one Pokémon per illustration so that it is easy to tell which Pokémon is the subject of a particular card. However, as long as it is clear who the main subject is, you may also draw additional Pokémon.
Limited to 3 unique entries per person (can be the same or different Pokémon)

Technical Specifications

  • Size: 1080 pixels wide x 680 pixels high
  • File Format: JPEG, PNG(RGB)
  • File Size: must be 3 MB or under

Eligibility (Only those who meet the following qualifications may apply)

  • Legal residence (including permanent residents) of Japan or the United States.
  • Must be of legal age in the country where they reside.
  • Must be living in Japan or the United States at the time of entry.
  • Eligible to work in the country where they reside.
Applicants may enter regardless of nationality or professional status.
We do not accept submission from minors.
Legal age of an adult is based on the law of the country/state where you reside.
Employees, contractors and immediate family members are not eligible to enter.
For details, please check the OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES.

How to Enter

Please read the OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and privacy policy carefully.
After you agree to the terms, submit your work from the entry form.


  • Tsunekazu IshiharaThe Pokémon Company, President
  • Hirokazu TanakaCreatures Inc., President
  • Kenji OkuboThe Pokémon Company International, President
  • Yuji KitanoCreatures Inc., Senior Executive Director
  • Atsuko UjiieCreatures Inc., Executive Director, CG Studio Art Director
  • Satoru NagayaCreatures Inc., Art Director
  • Kouki SaitouPokémon TCG Official Illustrator
  • Tomokazu KomiyaPokémon TCG Official Illustrator
  • AKIRA EGAWAPokémon TCG Official Illustrator
All Submissions that meet the requirements will be reviewed by a panel of no less than four (4) judges that will include selected directors and executives from The Pokémon Company International, The Pokémon Company, and Creatures Inc. (the “Judging Panel”) and may include some from the list above.
For more details on the judging criteria and process, please see our OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES.

Selection Process

After the application period ends, the judges will select the winners according to the following criteria.

Interpretation and clarity of theme (40%)
Creativity and originality of the depicted theme (30%)
Overall design (30%)
Appropriate content that conforms to Pokémon brand

Winners Announcement

Winners will be announced on the official Pokémon Trading Card Game Illustration Contest 2022 website early June, 2022.

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Pokémon Trading Card Game Illustration Contest 2022 Administration
For questions in English, submit a request to Pokémon Support
In general, we will respond within five business days. If you do not receive a response within this time, please try contacting us again.
Please refrain from contacting the Pokemon TCG Official Illustrators and related companies regarding contest details (including judging criteria, etc.).
* Submission window for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Illustration Contest 2022 is closed.
Thank you for your participation.
Entry Form