Book project, contest, art show “A Fine Art Journey”

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What does “Enter into Art – LOUNGE” mean?

The “Enter into Art – LOUNGE 2” includes our special gift book series for large artworks. More information about the Enter into Art-book series.

The book A Fine Art Journey is based on our test project “Touring the World Through Art” (link to the previous events of “Touring the World through Art”). The older test project has been expanded and continues under the new book title!

The book will be printed in both soft- and hardcover versions. The artist can then choose what he or she prefers. It is, above all, the poetic context that sets our art books apart from others. This art book will be a gift book with travel-inspired poems and an entertaining preface. The book and the numerous awards are powerful PR tools. All winners received a German blog post as a gift (see below).

Book presentation with art show

A stroke of luck and a surprise for the participating artists was the four-week presentation in the Townhall Gallery of Cologne-Kalk in March 2020. We could announce the book there and introduce the winners. All pictures of the book were displayed by an exclusive on-screen presentation, which was integrated in our exhibition with small-format pictures. More information you can find here:

In addition, a book presentation will take place in the Studio Gallery “Apollinaire” in Bonn-Königswinter after the book has been published.

Enter into Art – LOUNGE 2 – volume 1

98 large-format pictures from 35 countries

82 participating pictures in the contest – 71 artists from 30 countries:

Since this is not a traditional catalog, but a gift book with similar kinds of images, the awards are not mentioned in the book. We want to give each artist equal recognition and benefit from the book. Winners, finalists and jury members will all receive a printable certificate, which will be sent by email, at the latest with the publication of the book. Please also read below about the “Rewards”!

There are 16 awards and 13 finalists. The following winners were determined:

Jury Awards

1 – 3 Jury Prizes

1st Prize: Isao Kobayashi – 2nd Prize: Iris Geneviève Lahens + Ulla Wobst – 3rd Prize: Rune Basshus


Excellence Jury Prizes

Editorial awards

Honorable Special Prize

Honorable Mentions

Additional awards:

Finalists – nominees:

Adelheid Niepold, Belgium; Asuna Yamauchi, Japan; David Beeri, USA; Gerhardt Gallagher, Ireland; Igor Smirnov, Latvia; MP Le Bohec, France; Roswitha Eisenbock, Austria; Sirkka Laakkonen, Finland; Somsak Chaituch, The Netherlands; Takanori Iwase, Japan; Tatiyana Kraevskaya, USA; Valentina Anopova, Russia; Valerie Ghoussaini, USA


Grand Juror: Takanori Iwase (Japan)

  • Barry Cottrell, United Kingdom
  • Elmar Peintner, Austria
  • Gerald Hushlak, Canada (Professor)
  • Kelli Valk, Estonia
  • Kouki Tsuritani, Japan
  • Lurdi Blauth, Brazil (Lecturer)
  • Majlinda Kelmendi, Albania (Professor)
  • Meint van der Velde, The Netherlands
  • Peter Hriso, USA (Professor)
  • Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir, Iceland
  • Vicky Tsalamata, Greece (Professor)
  • Watana Kreetong, Thailand


All 10 prizes are accompanied by a powerful PR communication in German on the Internet. This takes the form of mini-websites with our aesthetic considerations of your three pictures (see below). The images of the additional awards are featured in a summary blog post. The jury prize winners will be specially highlighted in our art shows (book presentation).

The first prize artwork will be shown on the cover of the book, A Fine Art Journey. Images of both second prize winners’ picture will be shown on the back cover, while an image of the third prize winner’s picture will appear on the title page of the book.

Blog posts:

Alternatively, you can visit the category Art Excellence in the German blog journal. You will find Google Translate at the bottom of the German website. Please click on a link to read the blog post:

Joint post:

For links to the German blog posts – please see also on our main website – CONTEST!

98 pictures from 35 countries

Argentina, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Irland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Louxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA

Click on a picture to start the show with larger images!


Nelly Arias Kurt Ries Valentina Anopova-Featured!
Patricia Pascazzi Ursula Wobst SLOVENIA
AUSTRIA GREECE Rowena Božič – Featured!
Aya Swoboda Dimitra Petropoulou SPAIN
Gerhard Rasser IRLAND Nuria Pena
Kurt Freundlinger Gerhardt Gallagher – Featured! SWEDEN
Pamela Ecker ITALY Inga-Maj von Mühlenfels
Roswitha Eisenbock Ruth Helena Fischer Mareta Toneva
Adelheid Niepold Isao Kobayashi Marlo Mylonas-Svikovsky
Mady Maerien Takanori Iwase TAIWAN
Valerie Vandermotten Yamauchi Asuna Lynn Chen
BRAZIL Yasuyuki Uzawa TURKEY
Regina Lucia Dantas Paulino Vaz KOSOVO / ALBANIA Cinla Seker – Featured!
Iris Genevieve Lahens LATVIA Antonietta Torsiello
Marianne Reim Igor Smirnov Olga Bolkisieva
Pnina Gagnon THE NETHERLANDS Francesco Ruspoli
Rae Johnson Frans de Groot & Wuyts Josee USA
Yvan Lanfontain Herbert Hermans Ai-Wen Wu Kratz (Featured!)
CHILE Jozina van Hees David Beeri
Camila Zaccarelli Wilhelmina Zoutewelle Devon Govoni
DENMARK Somsak Chaituch Horst Wolf
Natalia Rose NORWAY James Pfeffer
FINLAND Rune Baashus Katharine Bossmann
Sirkka Laakkonen Sinikka Elfving Leyla Yildiz
David Whitfield Magdalena Pastuszak Mira Satryan
Fabienne Burdet-Ichtchenko ROMANIA Monica Johnson
Lukas Kandl Emanoela Szabo Tatiyana Kraevskaya
Marie Paule le Bohec Radu Tikanete Valerie Ghoussaini
Maud du Jeu Silvia Anton Veryal Zimmerman
Sylviane Leblond    

Additional participants without contest:

Adrianna Bonomi – Le Cor, France; Alexander Gurevich, Israel; Barry Cottrell, United Kingdom; Bie Flameng, Belgium; Elisabeth Ernst, Austria; Ferenc Sebök, Belgium; Raya Grinberg , Israel; Sivi Davey, United Kingdom; Tamara Rogozina, Ukraine; Viviane Briscolini, Luxembourg; Wenjun Fu, China.

Due to the composition of the jury, the competition took place in summer 2019. Later, other artists signed up to participate in the book.

The project was shown as a screen and video presentation in several art installations 2018, 2019 and 2020 in:

  • Bad Breisig
  • Bernkastel-Kues
  • Cologne-Mülheim
  • Cologne-Kalk