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World Illustration Awards 2019 - deadline extended to 17 February!




The Association of Illustrators (AOI), in partnership with USA-based Directory of Illustration (DI), is delighted to announce that due to popular demand the World Illustration Awards 2019 deadline is now extended until 17 February 2019. 

Illustrators, and their commissioners, agents and tutors are invited to submit work made since January 2018 to the eight categories of the Awards: Advertising, Books sponsored by NoBrow, Children’s Books sponsored by Walker Books, Design, Editorial, Experimental, Research and Site Specific, representing the major areas in which illustration is made for today. 

The 2019 judging panel is now released in full, including respected names from the industry including Facebook, Arab News, Penguin Books, AMV BBDO and the Hong Kong Arts Centre. The panel will select a shortlist of 200 of the very best projects submitted to the competition, and choose Professional and New Talent Winners in each category.

A catalogue featuring the Category Winners, jury profiles and complete shortlist will be published alongside the exhibition and distributed to commissioners all around the world. The AOI and DI are delighted to announce an array of brand-new prizes for 2019, giving more chance than ever for winning illustrators to gain recognition and opportunities for career growth. 

The Category and Overall Winners will be announced at a high-profile awards ceremony in central London at an exhibition featuring all shortlisted entries, alongside in-depth displays of winning entries. The two Overall Winners will be awarded generous cash prizes of £2,000 (Professional) and £1,000 (New Talent) at the ceremony. 

New for 2019

This year, the AOI is proud to announce the introduction of three new prizes:

• an AOI Member’s Prize,

• a Directory of Illustration Award, and

• SAA Agents Award for New Talent.

Prizes include agent representation, portfolio promotion and business support.

All Category Winners and Highly Commended projects will be included in a UK-wide touring exhibition. 

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Professional and New Talent illustrators (current students or recent graduates) are invited to submit work in any media or context to the World Illustration Awards into any of the eight categories: Advertising, Books, Children’s Books, Design, Editorial, Experimental, Research or Site Specific.

Each category will be judged by a panel of international experts, drawn from some of the world’s best commissioners of illustration including: WeTransfer, Twitter, Laurence King, Penguin Books, Human After All, VCCP and POWWOW!.

There are some great reasons to enter this year’s Awards!

Be seen by commissioners:

  • 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.

Be in with a chance to win some fantastic prizes:

  • This year there are cash prizes for the Overall Winners, sponsored by rOtring: £2,000 for the Overall Professional Winner, and £1,000 for the Overall New Talent Winner.
  • The Overall Professional Winner will receive 1 full page in Directory of Illustration No. 35. including an online portfolio with 100 images. The value is $2695 USD.
  • The Professional Advertising Category Winner will receive an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Procreate software package, courtesy of the Advertising Category sponsor Procreate.
  • The New Talent Advertising Category Winner will receive a Procreate software package, courtesy of the Advertising Category sponsor Procreate.
  • All category winners will be given a complimentary year-long AOI membership, valued at £160.

Enter here: by 20 February 2018

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