World Illustration Awards

World Illustration Awards 2017 Exhibition

The World Illustration Awards 2017 Exhibition is now open to the public!

This week the WIA returns to London’s Somerset House for a sixth year. The exhibition will display highlights from this year’s shortlist, comprised of both emerging and established talent. With over 2,300 entries from 64 countries and eight categories of competition, this year’s exhibition features one of the most diverse collections of arts the WIA has ever seen.

In addition to the award-winning art, the exhibition will also feature fun and free activities workshops for the whole family.

Don’t miss out on this year’s World Illustration Awards Exhibition. The event runs for one month only, from July 31 to August 28. For details about opening hours, please visit the Somerset House website.

The Directory of Illustration, in partnership with the Association of Illustrators, is once again honored to present the 2017 World Illustration Awards in partnership with the AOI. This year’s awards raise the creative bar for both newly-minted talent and seasoned professionals. We’re excited to provide this opportunity for such inspiring artists to promote their work to a global audience.

Winners Announced for World Illustration Awards 2017

Featured image: ©Steven Choi | Self-Initiated Professional Category Winner

The Directory of Illustration, in partnership with the Association of Illustrators, is excited to announce the category winners of the World Illustration Awards.

This year’s winning entries were selected by a panel of international judges from all aspects of the industry, including publishers, artists, and commissioners such as London-based Jonathan Hubbard, Creative Director and Founder of The Clearing, Alexandra Zsigmond, Designer at the New York Times, and Matt Smith, Creative at Australian public broadcaster SBS.

Category winners include a characterful portrait of Bill Murray for the Washington Post by US-based artist, Tony Rodriguez, which was lauded by the jury for its strong composition and well executed traditional technique that captures the subject perfectly.

Also of note is Marguerite Carnac’s series ‘Lieu de Vie’ which documents the artists’ time spent volunteering in The Jungle refugee camp in Calais and was skillfully created using a monoprint technique.

All the winners will be up on display at Somerset House from July 31st until August 28th, 2017 but in the meanwhile, make sure to check out all the winners on the AOI website.

©Marco Palena | Advertising New Talent Category Winner

©Sam Ki | Design (sponsored by Affinity Designer) New Talent Category Winner

©Claudine O’Sullivan | Advertising Professional Category Winner

©Marguerite Carnec | Editorial New Talent Category Winner

©Aart-Jan Venema | Design (sponsored by Affinity Designer) Professional Category Winner


World Illustration Awards At The Seoul Illustration Fair 2017

We are incredibly proud to announce that the World Illustration Awards will be touring internationally for the first time this year!

With many of our entries and past winners coming from that east, we couldn’t think of a better place to start off our tour than in South Korea, and more specifically at Seoul Illustration Fair 2017.

The Seoul Illustration Fair (SIF) is one of the hottest art fairs in Korea now, with over 350 participating artists and 37,000 visitors. Held at the COEX building, visitors can enjoy and directly purchase illustration work at the fair, as well as meeting their favorite artists face to face.

Find out more about SIF here, and keep up to date with our future emails for more exciting announcements!



World Illustration Awards 2017: Call for Entries Now Open

The Association of Illustrators, in partnership with the Directory of Illustration, is back again with the World Illustration Awards, the most comprehensive and significant awards for illustration in the UK.

We’re pleased to announce that the Call for Entries is now open. Enter by February 6, 2017, for your work to be considered.

Work entered into the World Illustration Awards will be reviewed by a jury of distinguished and international industry professionals. The competition shortlist always reflects exceptional work by illustrators making an outstanding contribution to visual culture.

Award winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at Somerset House, the major arts and cultural center in the heart of London. Selected works will be exhibited in their spectacular Terrace Rooms before touring the UK, as well as being showcased in an accompanying publication, which will be circulated to major commissioners of illustration.

Both Professionals and Students/New Talent are eligible to enter.

Visit here for more info.


World Illustration Awards 2016 Shortlist Announced

Featured image: Anna + Elena Balbusso (Rep: Shannon Associates) – Richard II portrait – Category: Books – Type: Professional


Directory of Illustration, in partnership with The Association of Illustrators (AOI), is delighted to announce the complete shortlist of selected entries to the World Illustration Awards 2016.

The judging panel of 24 international industry professionals includes: Executive Editor for Design and Pop Culture at TASCHEN Publishing House, Julius Wiedemann; Danish artist/designer duo Hvass&Hannibal; and publisher, Editorial Director and Senior Designer of TOON Books, Francoise Mouly, who has also been responsible for over 1000 covers of the New Yorker.

The final category winners will be announced in mid-June.

Congratulations to all the selected artists! View the full shortlist here.

Julinu Maia's Morning Malaise

Julinu Maia’s Morning Malaise – Category: Advertising – Type: New Talent

Marcus Marritt's Skinny Dipping

Marcus Marritt Skinny Dipping – Category: Self-Initiated Work – Type: Professional

Lok Kuang's Journey to the West

Lok Kuang Journey to the West – Category: Self-Initiated Work – Type: New Talent

Jungho Lee's Promenade

Jungho Lee Promenade – Category: Books – Type: Professional


World Illustration Awards 2015 – Entire Shortlist Announced

Featured Image: Paul Blow, represented by Anna Goodson. Piece entitled, “Liberated” – commissioned by New York Times. 

The entire WIA2015 Shortlist has been announced! Click here to see it.

Final category winners will be announced in the coming weeks, with exhibition of the highlights from the Shortlist at Somerset House in London this fall.

Elizabeth Owen, Vice President of Directory of Illustration, spoke with judge Dave Plunkert and he said the talent level was exceptionally high this year.

Congratulations to the selected artists! Check them out below in alphabetical order.


Carol Adlam
Mattias Adolfsson
A.Richard Allen
Tim Marrs and Chris Curtis
Jean Julien, Adrian Johnson and Eve Lloyd Knight, Anna Dunn,
Roy Schneider and Tonya Floyed-Bradstock
Gail Armstrong
Coqué Azcona
Scott Bakal
Grahame Baker Smith
Anna and Elena Balbusso
Wesley Bedrosian
Jon Berkeley
Rose Blake
Paul Blow
La Boca
Ivan Bravo
Jessica Bromley Bartram
Jonathan Burton
Aurora Cacciapuoti
Jill Calder
Noumeda Carbone
André Carrilho
Sophie Casson
Melissa Castrillon
Julien Chung
Rinna Clanuwat
Ella Cohen
Erin Cole
Livia Coloji
Darryl Cunningham
Mike Curato
Thomas Danthony
Christopher Darling
Benji Davies
Paul Davis
Julian De Narvaez
Marja de Sanctis
Peter Diamond
Antoine Doré
George Douglas
Michael Driver
Matt Duffin
John S. Dykes
Nils-Petter Ekwall
Tom Engler
Maria Eugenia
Monika Fauler
Malika Favre
João Fazenda
Brian Fitzgerald
Alex Foster  Illustration
Andrew Frazer
Nicolle Fuller
De Conno Gianni
Owen Gildersleeve
James Gilleard
Eric Giriat
Aad Goudappel
Verónica Grech
James Grover
Cristina Guitian
Malgorzata Gurowska
Barbara Harmon
Lara Harwood
Chris Haughton
Rebecca Hendin
Sini Henttonen
Ankat Hermanns
Leilei Huang
Lauren Humphrey
Rod Hunt
Astrid Jaekel
Emily YJ Jeon
Nuri Jeong
Nata Joh
Richard Johnson
Jean Jullien
Sam Kalda
Angela Keoghan
Roman Klonek
Bartosz Kosowski
Olivier Kugler
Nicolas Lambert
Irene Laschi
Kyung Lee
David Lemm
Kuocheng Liao
Sara Ljeskovac
Sarah Lodge
Andrés Lozano
Chen-Ying Lu
Marta Madureira
Marika Maijala
Mick Marston
Sean McSorley
Sara Menon
Madalena Moniz
Marta Monteiro
Hajo Müller
Studio Muti
Il Sung Na
Laszlo Nagy
Marieke Nelissen
Gemma O’Callaghan
Cat O’Neil
Eiko Ojala
Charlotte Orr
Enzo Pérès-Labourdette
Sam Pierpoint
Peter Quinnell
Andrew Rae
Peter Richardson
Thereza Rowe
Stephan Schmitz
Bird Search
Tanja Semion
Lisa Sheehan
Catarina Sobral
Nicholas Stevenson
Joost Swarte
Megan Swieton
Sharif Tarabay
Paul Thurlby
Turine Tran
Page Tsou
Gerry Turley
Arianna Vairo
Pieter Van Eenoge
Katrina van Grouw
Marcella Verchio
Jana Walczyk
Andy Ward
Phil Wheeler
Olivia Whitworth
Sarah Wilkins
Phil Wrigglesworth
Joohee Yoon
Natalia Zaratiegui
Hila Zwergel


World Illustration Awards 2015 Shortlist Announced, Part 1

The first batch of selected entries to the World Illustration Awards 2015 shortlist has been announced.

The eminent jury has now almost finished their epic task of sifting through over 2,000 submissions to select the best of the entries to be showcased on the shortlist.

The final round of shorlist selections will be released early next week.

Congratulations everyone!

Check out the shortlist here.