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Joe BilbuLAST WEEK PNG ATTITUDE readers were asked their views on two pieces of artwork that might become the cover of the Crocodile Prize Anthology 2012 – the annual compendium of the best Papua New Guinea writing.

Readers displayed a clear preference (see below) and now the man behind those works of art can be revealed.

He is Joe Bilbu, now a surfwear designer in Fiji and previously of Babaka village in PNG’s Central Province.

Joe is married to Fiji citizen and has three children, where he works for Fiji's largest clothing company (Snagindas) designing things like surf wear, street wear, boardshorts, cargo shorts and bula shirts.

Anthology Cover by Joe BilbuHe completed his primary education at St Peters School in Erima and his secondary school at De la Salle High, Bomana, before moving to Arawa High in Bougainville, and finally Passam National High School in the East Sepik.

After graduating he was accepted into the then National Arts School, graduating with a diploma of Graphic Design and finding a full time design job with the National Youth Commission.

Joe went on to undertake further training and obtained a certificate in electronic publishing at RMIT University in Melbourne.

Joe wins a prize of $500 for his winning design. He also submitted five others, all of which were of high quality.


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Leonard Roka

Congratulations for walking away with the prize money, Joe Bilbu; nice artwork from your experienced mind.

Thank you.

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