The PIMA have been running since 2015 in association with Ahmed Al Thani, a regular visitor to KDF who wants to encourage the development of the miniatures industry & encourage all our talented exhibitors to create their best work.
Over the last 8 years, the PIMA have become a focal point of our annual calendar. The aim of the competition is to encourage all the talented craftsmen who exhibit at our shows, to create something really special, something that pushes them to try new things & learn new skills, hence raising the standard of this incredible artform even further.
We are looking for miniatures of the highest standard, handmade & unique, showing skill & imagination. This competition is not necessarily replicating something perfectly in miniature, it can also be about making a unique item, something never seen before, somehow replicating our world or another world in miniature.
Judges will be looking for:
1: A high level of skill in the discipline you have chosen (woodwork, metalwork, doll making etc)
2: Detail in scale & proportion.
3: Good use of materials.
4: Imaginative, unique ideas & designs.
5: Craftsmen who push their work to a higher level than previously achieved.
The Prize fund:
1st Prize: £6000
2nd Prize: £3000
3rd Prize: £1500
People’s Choice Award: £ 250
The deadline for all entries to be registered with KDF is April 15th 2023. All entries will be on display at the KDF Summer Show in May 2023. Winners will be announced at an award ceremony at the KDF Summer Show, with the winner of the People’s Choice Award being announced live at the end of the show on Saturday 13th May.
To enter, you must register your miniature with us by April 15th 2023. Once we have received your registration, we will send you a confirmation letter with an entry number & other important information. Entries must either be posted to the KDF Office prior to the KDF Summer Show, or delivered directly to the KDF Summer Show on the evening before the show begins. The registration form will be available on our website soon, or you can contact us in the office & we can post or email you a copy.
The 2022 entries in the PIMA were fantastic & we cant wait to see more. Please contact us at LDF HQ if you have any questions about the awards.
For me, personally, I was absolutely thrilled to participate in PIMA and have my work on show alongside artisans who are some of the best in the world. So many people, traders and visitors, came to acknowledge my entry. It was a real buzz. PIMA encourage artisans to put forward their best work, it’s a great discipline.Ellie de Lacy – Entrant in the 2016 PIMA
Any craftsman who has been part of any of these shows, is able to enter the competition this year:
KDF Christmas 2021
LDF Spring Online Showcase 2022
KDF Summer 2022