The World Illustration Awards 2016

Publish Date: Jan 26, 2016

Deadline: Feb 08, 2016

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.

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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 on the official website.

Entry Fees

• UK & EU - £25 (including VAT) per Single Entry, £45 (including VAT) per Multiple Entry.
• Amercias & ROW (Rest of the World) - £20.83 (Zero VAT) per Single Entry, £37.50 (Zero VAT) per Multiple Entry

What are the benefits of entering the World Illustration Awards?

Award winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at Somerset House, the major arts and cultural centre in the heart of London. Selected works will be displayed in their spectacular Terrace Rooms, which welcomed over 22,000 visitors during the September/October 2016 exhibition. Following this, the exhibition tours to multiple venues across the UK, which receives approximately 40,000 visitors during its run.

Selected works will also be showcased in an accompanying publication, which will be circulated to all major commissioners of illustration - half of these by the Directory of Illustration to their high profile American list.

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