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AIO’s World Illustration Awards (WIA) 2019

The Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with USA-based Directory of Illustration, announces the World Illustration Awards 2019.

Illustrators, commissioners, agents and tutors are invited to submit work made in the 2018 calendar year to the eight categories of the Awards: Advertising, Books, Children’s Books, Design, Editorial, Experimental, Research and Site Specific, representing the major areas in contemporary illustration.

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.

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.

The jury 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 first ran an annual competition, called Images, in 1975 that was open to any British Illustrator. In 2012, Images was replaced by the AOI Illustration Awards, which ran for 2 years. In 2015 The AOI formed a partnership with the Directory of Illustration in the USA and created the World Illustration Awards.

World Illustration Awards (WIA) 2019 – Fees

The following entry fees apply:

  • £25/€ 30/$33 per Single Entry,
  • £45/€ 54/$60 per Multiple Entry (inclusive of VAT)