The World Illustration Awards 2019, presented by the Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with the Directory of Illustration, will be returning to Somerset House in London this summer!

The full shortlist of 200 works, as well as in-depth presentations of winning entries, will be showcased at the exhibition. An independent jury of 24 commissioners and industry insiders including Josephine Kelliher (Art Program Manager at Facebook EMEA), Simon Khalil (Editor at Arab News) and Kirstie Johnstone (Creative Production Partner at AMV BBDO), judged over 3,600 submissions from 68 countries in eight categories to select the shortlist.

Check out some of the Directory of Illustration artists shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2019 below.
Coming soon to the blog: a complete list of DOI artists shortlisted for WIA 2019. Stay tuned!

Clockwise from top left: Balbusso Twins (represented by Shannon Associates); Alva Skog (represented by Jelly London); Fatinha RamosGreg Coulton (represented by JSR Agency).

From book covers to newspapers, packaging to murals, illustration is the visual language of everyday life. The WIA 2019 Exhibition celebrates this most engaging of art forms in its broadest sense. Showcasing a diverse range of styles, materials and topics, featuring an extraordinary range of illustration practice across vibrant industry sectors including Advertising, Children’s Books, Design and Editorial, the exhibition reveals the innovative ideas and techniques at the forefront of illustration today.

The Category and Overall winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held at Somerset House on July 10th, alongside the winners of three new cross-category awards, including an AOI Members Award, a Directory of Illustration Award, and the Society of Artists Agents Award for New Talent.

For more information about the WIA 2019 exhibition, visit:

Dates: July 11-28, 2019
Opening Hours: Saturday-Tuesday: 10am-6pm; Wednesday-Friday: 11am-8pm
Admission: FREE
Address: Embankment Galleries, South Wing, Somerset House, London WC2R 1LA
Transport: Underground: Temple, Embankment; National Rail: Charing Cross, Waterloo
Somerset House Public Enquiries: 020 7845 4600