The Association of Illustrators (The AOI), in partnership with the Directory of Illustration, recently announced the shortlist for the World Illustration Awards 2019!

The shortlist was selected from over 3,600 entries from 68 countries, providing an array of ideas and artistic styles from illustrators all around the world. Political themes were especially prominent in this year’s entries, with illustrations exploring relevant issues such as the #MeToo movement, Brexit and climate change. The 200 shortlisted projects this year also represent a wide range of techniques, from the innovative to the traditional, including 3D models, embroidery, large-scale interactive installations, woodcuts and digital illustration.

The World Illustration Awards Exhibition will take place this summer at the Somerset House. Featuring all 200 entries shortlisted for this year’s awards along with in-depth presentations of winning projects, this inspiring exhibition showcases the very best emerging and established illustrations from around the world today. Learn more about this year’s upcoming exhibition in our recent blog post.


Directory of Illustration artists made an impressive showing in the WIA 2019 Shortlist this year. Representing nearly every category in the competition, the DOI artists whose work has been shortlisted span advertising, children’s books, research and more. Check out some of their work below!



Peter Greenwood | Represented by Folio ArtTransport For London (Professional)


Fatinha RamosThe Night of the Five Religions (Professional)




Sija Hong | Represented by Illustration USAPorcelin (New Talent)


Andrew Archer | Represented by Debut ArtEdo Ball (Professional)


Helen Friel | Represented by Debut ArtHoakes Island (Professional)


Max LoefflerThe Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (Professional)




Fiona Woodcock | Represented by The Bright AgencyLook (Professional)


Nick Radford | Represented by Folio ArtWe Are Music (Professional)


Momoko AbeFrog & Toad (New Talent)




Greg Coulton  | Represented by JSR AgencyBeck’s Be Kreativ Art Label (Professional)


Maïté Franchi | Represented by Folio ArtStiegl (Professional)


Max LoefflerMilk Tooth “Sphere Collection” (Professional)




Balbusso Twins | Represented by Shannon AssociatesHas the #MeToo Changed What We Wear to Work? (Professional)


Juan Esteban Rodriguez | Represented by Folio ArtAn Odd, Almost Senseless Series of Events (Professional)


Alex Green | Represented by Folio ArtPerfect Summer (Professional)



MUTI | Represented by Folio ArtTIME (Professional)


Alva Skog | Represented by Jelly London‘It never stops shaping you’: The Legacy of Child Sexual Abuse – And How to Survive It (New Talent)




Kouzou Sakai | Represented by Folio ArtThe Lancet Infectious Diseases (Professional)




Fatinha RamosTown Hall of Antwerp (Professional)