The World Illustration Awards 2017

The Association of Illustrators, in partnership with the Directory of Illustration in USA, are delighted to presented the 2017 World Illustration Awards. With eight categories across Advertising, publishing, editorial and site specific work the World Illustration Awards continues to be a landmark award for illustrators and commissioners.

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

Bill Murray by Tony Rodriguez

Zan Boag, Editor-in-Chief of New Philosopher and Editorial Director of Womankind magazine said after the initial shortlisting: “A wonderful bunch of entries, I look forward to discussing the favourites with the other judges. I think these are all excellent artworks - I would commission all of these artists in an instant.”

Claudine O'Sullivan for the Apple Pencil Campaign

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 and in a unique style. Claudine O’Sullivan’s complex digital illustrations for the Apple Pencil Campaign were commended by the jury for their superb technique: “Flawlessly executed: can’t stop myself from staring at the pencil's mesmerizing effect, it's quite original” - judge Gabe Usadel. Lizzy Stewart’s playful and vibrant illustrations for children’s book ‘There’s a Tiger in the Garden’ were an immediate favourite with the category jury thanks to their full texture and character which reflect the key scenes from the book. Up-and-coming British talent Bethan Woollvin’s college project ‘Little Red’ delighted the jury with its simple yet powerful imagery, portraying a contemporary retelling of Little Red Riding Hood with an androgynous protagonist, who could be seen as a relatable role model to all children.

The Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart

Environmental themes are addressed with works by Chen Winner, whose educational animation made for CNN titled ‘Econundrum’ shows the consequences of buying bottled water, while the imaginative series of illustrations titled ‘Yen Town - The Last Unpolluted Territory’ by Sam Ki, depict a unity of humanity and the natural world.

Econundrum by Chen Winner

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

The Green Man Festival by Aart Jan Venema

All category winners will feature in an exhibition at Somerset House from 31 July to 28 August. With over 2,300 entries from 64 countries for this year’s World Illustration Awards, the exhibition will showcase 50 shortlisted projects across the eight categories, from Advertising and Design to Books and Editorial, offering an accessible introduction to illustration in its many forms, and demonstrating the importance of visual communication in everyday life. Original exhibited works on display will include animations, posters, packaging and children’s books by artists from the UK, USA, Italy, The Netherlands, South Korea, Hong Kong and Israel.

This year, The World Illustration Awards is teaming up with Walker Books, the world's leading independent publisher of English-language children's books, to offer the Walker Books Family Programme. A series of free family workshops will take place throughout August in the exhibition space at Somerset House. These include workshops with debut author-illustrator Alice Tait, award-winning author-illustrator of the ‘Julius Zebra’ series Gary Northfield, upcoming artist and illustrator Elissa Elwick, and debut graffiti illustrator Sav Akyuz.

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Category Winners are:
Marco Palena - Winner Advertising New Talent
Claudine O'Sullivan - Winner Advertising Professional

Inhye Moon - Winner Books New Talent sponsored by NoBrow
Nina Chakrabarti - Winner Books Professional sponsored by NoBrow

Bethan Woollvin - Winner Children's Books New Talent sponsored by Walker Books
Lizzy Stewart - Winner Children's Books Professional sponsored by Walker Books

Sam Ki - Winner Design New Talent sponsored by Affinity Designer
Aart-Jan Venema - Winner Design Professional sponsored by Affinity Designer

Marguerite Carnec - Winner Editorial New Talent
Tony Rodriguez - Winner Editorial Professional

Chen Winner - Winner Research New Talent
Tobatron - Winner Research Professional

Rosalba Cafforio - Winner Self-Initiated New Talent
Steven Choi - Winner Self-Initiated Professional

Jonny Glover - Winner Site Specific Professional

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