3x3 International Illustration Awards Show 2016

Publish Date: Feb 29, 2016

Deadline: Mar 25, 2016

3x3 magazine is entering its thirteenth year judging the world's best contemporary illustration.

Their mission is to spotlight the best contemporary international artists they can find and encourage a new focus on the use of illustration by the global editorial, advertising and design communities.

The goal is to bring together artists from all countries to share their creative output in an impartial judging scenario. All judging is done digitally by a set of unbiased judges; if a particular judge has either commissioned the work or has been the illustrator they are not allowed to vote on their entry.


There are three main categories: Professional Show; Picture Book Show; Student Show.


Open to all illustrators, art directors, graphic designers, educators, students, recent graduates, editors, publishers in all countries for commissioned and non-commissioned work produced and/or published during the calendar year 2015.

Entry & Entry Fee

A Series entry must have a central consistent theme, i.e. editorial article, sequential comic, book. All series will be judged as a whole. There is no limit to how many pieces you may enter, and you can enter a piece in multiple categories.

Professional Show and Picture Book Show fees are 35 USD for a Single Entry and 60 USD for a Series (three to five images). Student Show fees are 15 USD for a Single Entry and 35 USD for a Series. After March 25th there will be a 10 USD late fee to each entry.


Best of Show and Gold medal winners receive our distinctive 3x3x3-inch cube. Silver winners receive a framed award; Bronze winners and distinctive merit winners receive paper certificates. Merit and Honorable mention winners may request either a pdf or printed certificate.

Winners will be featured in the 3x3 printed annual and online; Honorable mentions, online. Winners receive discounts on purchasing either a print of digital edition of the annual. Moreover, a free ebook will be sent to leading art directors and art buyers giving further exposure to student winners.

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