Call for Exhibits: 2017 World Illustration Awards

 2017 World Illustration AwardsWho Can Enter?

- The World Illustration Awards are open to illustrators in any country working in any medium or context.

- Work must be entered as either a New Talent entry or a Professional entry.

- New Talent entrants are Undergraduate Students, Post-Graduate Students or graduates within two years of graduation. Professional entrants are all other professional illustrators.

- Work can be entered by the creator of the work (illustrator, student /new graduate) or by any third party such as an Agent, Designer, College, Publisher or Commissioner.

- Members of the AOI staff, board, and patrons are not eligible to enter the competition. Work commissioned by the AOI is not eligible for the competition.

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What To Enter?

Work entered for the competition must have been created or published between 1st January 2016 to close of competition February 2017*. Work in any medium can be entered in any category.

Entries can either be Single Image Entry (one upload per entry) or Multiple Image Entry (up to five related uploads per entry). Multiple Entries should be used to showcase different elements of the same project (multiple illustrations, spreads from a book and so on).


Professional entries must have been commercially commissioned for all categories except Self-Initiated Work. If you don’t provide commissioning details the work will be moved to Self-Initiated before judging.

New Talent entries do not have to be commercially commissioned and should be entered into the category that is most relevant to the work. For example, a college project creating a picture book should be entered as a New Talent entry in the Children's Book Category.

Work must be entered into one of the 8 categories. These are very broadly defined to welcome work of all types and in all contexts where illustration is used.

Illustration commissioned for the purpose of advertising any type of product

Illustration commissioned and published within the book format for a readership of 16 years or over. 

Children's Books
Illustration commissioned and published within the book format for a readership of 16 years or under. 

Design Category sponsored by Affinity Designer
Illustration commissioned and published within the context of a design brief. 

Illustration commissioned and published within the context of journalism, comment, reporting, current affairs, campaigning, social comment and news communication in any media and for any platform.

Illustration commissioned for the purpose of undertaking research and communicating knowledge. Illustration that is used as a research or investigative tool and that represents, explains or seeks to understand information or data. Includes but is not limited to … natural history illustration, wildlife, scientific illustration, forensic imagery, architectural imagery, illustration supporting academic research (for example in archaeology, geology, paleontology, natural sciences, biological sciences), visual informatics, data visualization, and graphic facilitation.

Self Initiated Work
Projects developed by the artist and not in response to an external brief. This may be any kind of work that the illustrator has 'self-commissioned'.

Site Specific
Illustration created for and displayed in the built or natural environment.


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