The World Illustration Awards promotes exceptional work by illustrators and presents illustration as a major force in global visual culture. The Awards are international and open worldwide to illustrators working across all sectors and in any medium.

Work must be entered into one of the 10 categories. These are very broadly defined to welcome work of all types and in all contexts where illustration is used:

• Advertising
• Book Covers
• Commercial Publishing
• Alternative Publishing
• Children’s Publishing
• Design, Product & Packaging
• Editorial
• Exploration
• Science & Technology
• Site Specific

Illustrations can be in any medium. Work entered for the competition must have been created or published after 1 January 2019. Entrants can submit as many entries as they choose and in as many different categories as they feel is appropriate.

Entry fees: 33 USD per single entry, 60 USD per multiple entry.

Eligibility

Open worldwide to illustrators over the age of 18.

Prize

One of the ten Professional Category Winners is named as the WIA2020 Overall Professional Winner at a prestigious ceremony in central London and will receive a generous cash prize of 2,000 GBP sponsored by Winsor&Newton, and a two-page marketing package in the Directory of Illustration (valued at 4,330 USD), including a 100-image professional portfolio on directoryofillustration.com.

New for this year, one shortlisted project will be selected for a new Innovation Award, to be awarded for a project displaying considerable innovation and experimentation with the artform. It will be judged by at least two jury members. The winner will be presented with a WIA certificate and profile feature on the AOI website.