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World Illustration Awards 2017 - Call for Entries

Celebrating the most inspiring illustration throughout the world.

For over four decades, the AOI has presented the most prestigious Award for contemporary illustration in the UK and now, in partnership with the US based Directory of Illustration, expanding its reach to a global audience.
The 2016 Awards was the most popular yet with over 2300 entries from 64 countries.
The winner of the Advertising Category, Julinu, states: “It’s really encouraging for emerging illustrators like myself to receive this kind of recognition from industry heavyweights. This award will help me develop my illustration practice and attract new clients”
Work entered into the World Illustration Awards will be reviewed by a jury of distinguished international industry professionals. The competition shortlist reflects exceptional work by illustrators currently making an outstanding contribution to visual culture and is published in full on
We are delighted to welcome Affinity Designer as the Design Category sponsor. This year each category winner will receive an Affinity Designer software package as well as one year’s free membership with the AOI.
Award winners will be announced in August 2017 at a prestigious ceremony at Somerset House, the major arts and cultural centre in the heart of London. Artist workshops are planned to accompany the month-long exhibition.

Key Dates
Midday (UK) Monday 6 February 2017 Call for Entry closes
May/June 2017 Shortlisted work announced
July 2017 Category Winners announced
August 2017 Awards Ceremony
Awards Exhibition open at Somerset House 31 July - 28 August 2017
Awards Catalogue published
October/November 2017 Exhibition starts national and possibly international tour

Project Tags

  • illustration
  • competition
  • global
  • design
  • children's picture books
  • Book
  • Editorial
  • self-initiated
  • research
  • Advertising

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