The Prize
for Illustration 2017 - Sounds of the City

The Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with London Transport Museum (LTM), is delighted to announce The Prize for Illustration 2017.

This year the theme is Sounds of the City - an illustrated interpretation of urban sound.



The winners were announced at the private view at LTM on 24 May.
Check out the blog for the winner announcement, photos and more details on the winning images.

The complete shortlist can be viewed on our blog as well as a list of the names of successful entrants on our blog.



The exhibition will be on display at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden from Friday 19 May to Sunday 3 September.

It will launch with a Friday Late – Sounds of the City launch evening 19 May 2017; 18:45 – 22:00 (last admission 21:15)


Mini Masterclass: Self Promotion with AOI

Tuesday 11 July 2017; 19:00 – 20:30


Tickets for the Sounds of the City exhibition, Friday Late and events can be booked in advance at

More info on our blog.


More information on the London Transport Museum website.


More information on previous Prize dfor Illustration Competitions can be found on our Blog:

2015 - Prize for Illustration - London Places and Spaces
2014 - Serco Prize for Illustration - London Stories
2012 - Serco Prize for Illustration - Secret London
2011 - Serco Prize for Illustration - River Thames




We are surrounded 24/7 by sound in our cities. It shapes our experiences and our moods. Whether it’s the sound of people going about their daily lives – living, working, visiting or enjoying cultural, sporting or musical activities – or the sounds of nature within the city, the exhibition will show the artist’s relationship with sound, heard within the environment of a city context.

What to enter?
The aim of The Prize for Illustration 2017 competition is to attract artwork for display in an exhibition at London Transport Museum that is colourful, inspiring and celebrates the sounds heard in the hubbub and quiet spaces of the UK’s vibrant, diverse, multi-layered cities.

The final deadline is 10 October 2016.

Entrants are invited to visually capture sound heard in our UK cities in a single illustration. We want to see quiet and relaxing through to loud and frenetic city sounds.  Inspiration might be from natural or man-made sounds. Where does your ear meet your eye? You may be inspired by the lyrics from a song about a city. You might illustrate sound in a recognisable UK city, or your visualisation might be a soundscape heard in any UK city. You might just illustrate the people, activities or things that produce the sounds - imaginary or real, past or present.  Your imagination is the limit. 

The roar of traffic. Shrieks of children playing. Honking of car horns. Rattle and hum of music on a radio. Barking of an urban fox. Banging of a door. Rustle of trees in a green city space. Drilling of road works. Ticking of a clock. Song inspired by a city. Calls of a market trader. Thump of drums at a concert. 
Shouts of people on the streets. Blaring of a police siren. Murmurs of people talking in a meeting. Screech of brakes on a bus. Ringing of bells. 

Impress the judges with your illustrated interpretation of the common, the curious, the persistent and the distinctive chorus of sounds we hear around us day and night and be in with a chance of having your work displayed at the famous London Transport Museum and winning the top prize. 

Prizes are awarded in three levels:
• First prize: £2000 and display of the winning image on a London Transport Museum poster to be displayed on the London Underground.
• Second prize: £1000
• Third prize: £750

There is also the possibility that shortlisted images will be featured on merchandise sold in London Transport Museum’s shop.


The competition is open to illustrators and students of illustration throughout the world.

The top 100 entries selected by a panel of independent judges will be displayed in an exhibition at London Transport Museum that will open in May 2017 and run until September 2017. The winners will be announced at a private award ceremony that will take place in May 2017.

The deadline for entry to The Prize for Illustration 2017 competition is 10 October 2016 (end of day)

Please read the Terms for Entry before submitting work.


Entry is now closed.


Main Illustration by Eliza Southwood


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