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Illustration contests are contests that entries send in illustrations, and have them featured on a card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Throughout the history of the TCG, many companies and magazines have created illustration contests. CoroCoro, Shogakukan, and Wizards of the Coast are some of the companies that have held such competitions. The following is a list of all contests from the beginning of the TCG.

CoroCoro Pokémon Illustration Contest

In late 1997, CoroCoro held an Illustration contest, in which the top three illustrators had their artwork featured as one of the Vending Machine cards. These winners were not only awarded by having their art feature on real Pokémon cards, they also received the coveted Pokémon Illustrator card.

Winner Card Type Rarity Series
Yuuki Kawamura Poliwrath Water Uncommon Series 1
Keita Takahashi Snorlax Colorless Uncommon Series 1
Kazuhiko Nishihara Mewtwo Psychic Common Series 3

Wizards Pokémon Illustration Contest

Also in late 1997, Wizards of the Coast also ran an illustration competition for the English version of Keita Takahashi's CoroCoro contest illustration. The chosen image was that of Craig Turvey.

Winner Card Type Rarity Card number
Craig Turvey Snorlax Colorless - 49

CoroCoro Pokémon Snap Contest

CoroCoro held another Illustration contest in the Spring of 1999 called the CoroCoro Pokémon Snap contest. Five winning entries had their artwork featured on extremely rare reprints. The exact number of these cards in existence is unknown.

Winner Card Type
Yuuki Tanaka Bulbasaur Grass
Poliwag Water
Magikarp Water
Ryouichi Abe Gyarados Water
Pikachu Lightning

Nintendo 64 Pokémon Snap Contest

Much like CoroCoro's contest, Nintendo 64 held an Illustration contest in the Spring of 1999 called the Nintendo 64 Pokémon Snap contest. Five more winning entries had their artwork featured on extremely rare reprints. The exact number of these cards in existence is unknown.

Winner Card Type
Narsu Sato Koffing Grass
Charmander Fire
Squirtle Water
Articuno Water
Koori Samoya Chansey Colorless

Poké Card Creator Contest

The Poké Card Creator Contest was a contest created by Kids' WB! in 2004. Entries had the chance to design an original TCG card featuring one of the following five Pokémon: Pikachu, Mudkip, Treecko, Torchic and Wurmple. It featured a collection of five cards designed by five Grand Prize winners. These winners were featured on the card as the illustrators and also won a 500 dollar giftcard to Target. It was revealed on the week of February 16 and went to Saturday, April 10, 2004. None of the cards were tournament legal.

Winner Card Type Number
Mark Kraus Treecko Grass 1/5
Katie Gross Wurmple Grass 2/5
May Do Torchic Fire 3/5
Rowan Laidlaw Mudkip Water 4/5
Sylvia Forrest Pikachu Lightning 5/5

Illustrations

Twelfth Movie Illustration Contest

In 2009, CoroCoro and other magazines held an Illustration contest to design the artwork on Notched-ear Pichu M and Arceus. This contest was restricted to Japan-only residents. Entries were accepted via CoroCoro, Shogakukan, and Pokémonfan Magazines, with each magazine having different entry forms for different Pokémon.

Winner Card Type Expansion Card Number Promotion
Miho Asada Notched-ear Pichu M Lightning Movie Commemoration Random Pack 009/022 Main expansion contest
Takahiro Yamashita Notched-ear Pichu M Lightning Movie Commemoration Random Pack 010/022 Main expansion contest
Yoichi Kotabe Notched-ear Pichu M Lightning Movie Commemoration Random Pack 011/022 Main expansion contest
Gosho Aoyama Notched-ear Pichu M Lightning DPt-P Promotional cards 042/DPt-P Shogakukan 'Weekly Boy Sunday 33'
Shunsuke Takemori Notched-ear Pichu M Lightning Unnumbered Promotional cards - Kindergarten competition
Haruka Uekura Notched-ear Pichu M Lightning Unnumbered Promotional cards - Elementary School 1st Grade winner
Taisei Fujita Notched-ear Pichu M Lightning Unnumbered Promotional cards - Elementary School 2nd Grade winner
Keita Mizuno Notched-ear Pichu M Lightning Unnumbered Promotional cards - TV Boy Magazine competition
Mahiro Shinozaki Notched-ear Pichu M Lightning Unnumbered Promotional cards - Puchi Gumi Magazine competition
Shizuka Kusakabe Notched-ear Pichu M Lightning Unnumbered Promotional cards - Pokémon Fan Magazine competition
Makoto Mizobuchi Arceus Colorless Movie Commemoration Random Pack 020/022 Main expansion contest
Satoshi Yamamoto Arceus Colorless Movie Commemoration Random Pack 021/022 Main expansion contest
Takahiro Yamashita Arceus Colorless Movie Commemoration Random Pack 022/022 Main expansion contest
Shoki Nakamura Arceus Colorless Unnumbered Promotional cards - Elementary School 3rd Grade winner
Arisa Sugino Arceus Colorless Unnumbered Promotional cards - Elementary School 4th Grade winner
Meiko Akiba Arceus Colorless Unnumbered Promotional cards - Elementary School 5th Grade winner
Mikako Nishizaki Arceus Colorless Unnumbered Promotional cards - Elementary School 6th Grade winner
Hikaru Okawa Arceus Colorless Unnumbered Promotional cards - CoroCoro Comic competition
Ryoga Kawai Arceus Colorless Unnumbered Promotional cards - CoroCoro Ichiban! competition
Natsumi Nishiyama Arceus Colorless Unnumbered Promotional cards - Shōnen Sunday Magazine competition
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