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World Illustration Awards 2018 Call for Entries is now open!

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Event History

The World Illustration Awards continues the AOI’s tradition of delivering an annual survey show which has run in various guises for over 40 years. It is delivered by the AOI in partnership with the Directory of Illustration and with the support of our partners.

What Makes this event different?

In addition to the prestige of being recognised by the World Illustration Awards, there are many tangible benefits to entering: • Selected entries will be promoted across our extensive industry networks as soon as they come in. • All entrants have their work seen and judged by industry professionals, which may lead to commissions. • All 200 shortlisted and winning entries are included in a full colour, 128-page catalogue, direct mailed to 1,300 major commissioners worldwide. • All shortlisted and winning entries will be showcased on the Awards site in dedicated online portfolios. • All shortlisted artists will have their work promoted across the AOI’s industry networks. • All shortlisted and winning entries will be presented in a high-profile exhibition at Somerset House, London held in June 2018. • All shortlisted entries have the opportunity to be selected for a touring exhibition which receives over 40,000 visitors every year. Entry fees apply. Single entry: 1 image or 1 moving image link: £25 / $33 / €30 Multiple Entry: Up to 5 images (or combination of still and moving images): £45 / $60 / €54

Copyright Policy

Artists retain full copyright ownership over their work.

There has never been a better time to enter The World Illustration Awards, the illustration industry's most prestigious and respected Awards.

The World Illustration Awards reveal and celebrate the processes behind the work, and the wider social, political and artistic importance of illustration by highlighting the best work being made across the world today.

Agents, commissioners, and illustrators are invited to submit work into eight categories: Advertising, sponsored by Procreate; Books, sponsored by NoBrow; Children's Books, sponsored by Walker Books; Design; Editorial sponsored by Eye Magazine; Experimental; Research and Site Specific. 

Entries can be made as Professional, or New Talent for student and emerging illustrators. 

A jury will review all entries by category, before deciding on the overall winners who will be announced at a prestigious awards event at Somerset House, in central London.



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