The competition is now closed for entries

Who 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.

The competition is now closed for entries.


What Can Be Entered?

Work entered for the competition must have been created or published between 1st January 2015 to close of competition February 2016*. Work in any medium can be entered in any category.

Entries can either be:
Single Image Entry (one image per entry) or
Multiple Image Entry (up to five related images per entry). Multiple Entries are more expensive and should therefore 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 Public Realm and 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. If you are unsure which category to enter please please check the categories page.

Cost Of Entry

Please note the cost of entry will be determined by the country in which you are submitting your payment/entry from. Only EU residents pay VAT.

Single Image Entry
UK & EU - £25 (including VAT) per entry
Other Europe, USA, Amercian Continent and ROW (Rest of the World) - £20.83 (no VAT) per entry - (approx $33 USD)

Multiple Image Entry

UK & EU - £45 (including VAT) per entry
Other Europe, USA, Amercian Continent and ROW (Rest of the World) - £37.50 (no VAT) per entry - (approx $60 USD)


Key Dates

Midnight Monday 22 February 2016 (your local time)
Call for Entry closes
May 2016
Shortlisted work announced
June/July 2016
Category Winners announced
August 2016
Awards Ceremony
Awards Exhibition opens
Catalogue published at exhibition opening 2016
September/October 2016
Exhibition starts 12-month national tour


Supporting Information

Download the competition (Terms & Conditions and Guidelines for Applicants) here.

* Entries for the World Illustration Awards must have been created or published from January 2015 until the close of the call for entries of the competition.

Please note that a "hanging fee" for inclusion in the exhibition and tour might be due. (£75 for AOI members or £100, plus VAT if applicable)

If you still have any queries, even after reading all available info and FAQs, please contact us for advice.


Illustration (C) Dan Des Eynon

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