AOI World Illustration Awards 2015

AOI World Illustration Awards 2015 – Enter Now!

Whether you work in pen, pencil, ink, gouache or print, this one is for you!


The AOI World Illustration Awards


The Association of Illustrators (AOI) and the Directory of Illustration bring you the World Illustration Awards.  For almost four decades the AOI have supported the work of emerging and professional illustrators with its jury selected illustration awards.

“The Directory of Illustration is excited to be partnering with the AOI to support the World Illustration Awards. Honouring the most creative and inspiring commercial illustration from around the world will help everyone stay connected with new trends and ideas, and provide expanded opportunities for artists to promote their work to a global audience.” Glen Serbin – President, Directory of Illustration.

Why Should I Enter The AOI World Illustration Awards?

Enter the World Illustration Awards to have your work judged by industry professionals, be featured on the AOI’s website and be promoted across the AOI’s industry networks.   You may also be selected for a touring exhibition and be featured in the accompanying publication that is circulated to all commissioning agents.

The World Illustration Awards entries will be reviewed by a jury of international industry professionals.  Each year the shortlist reflects outstanding work by emerging and professional talent.  To be recognised as an illustrator making an exceptional contribution to today’s visual culture would be a great accolade.

The extra exposure can only help build your illustration career, broaden your network and increase commissions.

Geoff Grandfield Wins A Professional & Overall Exhibition Award 2014:


Geoff Grandfield's Alexander Trilogy In Books

Geoff Grandfield won the AOI Illustration Professional Award 2014 for the Alexander Trilogy in Books and the overall exhibition award.  Geoff has an MA from the Royal College of Art and is currently course director of the BA Illustration & Animation at Kingston University.  Geoff usedPastels and Drawing Inks to create this work before completing in Photoshop and Illustrator.

Who Can Enter The World Illustration Awards?

All illustrators working in any country can enter the World Illustration Awards and the great news is that you can be working in any medium or context.

You can enter your work as a New Talent entry or a Professional Entry.  To enter in the new talent category you must be an undergraduate student, post- graduate student or have graduated within the last two years.  All other illustrators would fall into the Professional category.

Work can be entered into the competition by the illustrator/ student or by a third party such as an agent, college or publisher.

What Work Can I Enter?

The work must have been created or published between 1st January 2014 and 15th February 2015.

Work must be entered into one of the 8 categories and you can enter Single Images or Multiple Images where you can enter up to 5 images per entry.

With the exception of Public Realm and Self-Initiated Work categories all professional entries must be commercially commissioned.

New Talent entries however do not have to be commercially commissioned but should be entered into the category that is most relevant.


“Worth far more than prize money, the award is a huge boost in confidence, and gives you valuable exposure to the creative industry.” William Grill.


William Grill won the AOI Illustration Awards New Talent 2014 for Shackleton’s Journey, below, in Childrens Books.  William is a graduate of University College Falmouth and was spotted at the D&AD show.  William usescolour pencils and heavy weight cartridge paper.


William Grill, Shackleton's Journey Children's Book

How Do I Enter This Competition?

For details and application forms Enter The World Illustration Awards here.  The deadline for entry is the 9th February 2015.

Highlights of the competition will be showcased in the AOI World Illustration Awards Exhibition held at Somerset House with the award winners being announced at the awards ceremony.  The exhibition will then tour various venues across the UK.


“In case you are not a member, remember, the AOI is more relevant than ever to the advancement of students, illustrators and illustration.” Sir Quentin Blake.


Good Luck and let us know how you get on!

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