Call for Entries now open! 

Be ambitious, be seen, be celebrated


The World Illustration Awards are now open for entries until February 18, 2020, so make sure you don't miss out on being part of it!
Presented by the Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with the Directory of Illustration, the Awards build on the AOI’s 45-year tradition of competitions, and will be presented in a refreshed format for 2020. The Awards are open to professional and new talent illustrators living and working in any country.


This issue is full of tips and advice on getting the most out of your entry.

Our Awards Team have put together some tips to help you get the most out of your entry. 

…anyone who professes to be interested in illustration should consider their submissions to competitions and contests as business decisions.

It’s not necessarily about winning. It’s more about an investment in your career as an artist.

Take note on what the competition offers the winners and what kind of rewards you stand to receive if chosen.

Ask yourself, “What can this do for my career as an artist?”.’ –
 Tony Rodriguez, World Illustration Awards 2017 Professional Editorial Category winner.

Awards and prizes can be an important way of getting new commissions, and raising your profile as an illustrator, so it can be worth investing time and effort in applying! 

Read the full article here
We caught up with Tim Easley, winner of the WIA2019 Professional Design Category! 
"Select your best work and get involved. Even if you don’t win it’s still a great opportunity to shout about your work, get it in front of people who matter, and promote yourself. On the other hand if you win it’s an ever greater opportunity to promote yourself, get noticed by new clients, and just solidify your reputation."

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New Categories
The World Illustration Awards 2020 will be judged across ten exciting, refreshed categories that represent the work being made in the industry today. New categories include Book Covers, Science and Technology, and Design, Product and Packaging.
Four Cross-Category Awards will be presented this year, including a new Innovation Award, recognizing work that truly pushes the boundaries of the art form. 
“This new award recognizes that innovation comes from all areas of the industry, allowing truly ground-breaking work in any arena to be celebrated.” - Elizabeth Owen, President, Serbin Creative.
The WIA are recognized as the most prestigious illustration awards globally – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t great prizes as well. The Overall Winners will enjoy cash prizes totaling £3,000, sponsored by Winsor & Newton. Category Winners enjoy in-kind benefits, as well as the coveted WIA trophies.
All shortlisted entrants will be presented in a digital and print publication sent to commissioners worldwide and available for sale.
Shortlisted entries will also be presented in a new look exhibition, as part of the WIA Events Program in October 2020.
WIA Events Program and Awards Ceremony
New for 2020 the AOI will host a program of talks and events alongside a new look showcase of all 200 shortlisted projects at one of London’s most exciting new venues, Elephant West. 
“We know that illustrators travel around the world to come to the awards, and we wanted to create a space for illustrators, agents and commissioners to meet, share ideas, approaches – to explore our industry in a relaxed, informal setting.” - Ren Renwick, CEO The Association of Illustrators.
We are delighted to be working with our new partner Elephant West to present the exhibition and program of professional development and social events. 
How to enter
Applications can be made via the online form on the AOI website. More information and guidance can be found here:
Contact information
For more information contact or call +44 (0)20 7759 1012
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Social Media
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The Directory of Illustration Facebook: /DirIllustration
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About The World Illustration Awards 
The WIA have been presented by The Association of Illustrators in partnership with the Directory of Illustration (USA) since 2015. There are ten award categories including Advertising, Editorial, Children’s Books, and Design, Product & Packaging. There are new categories, including Book Covers and Science & Technology in 2020. The call for entries runs from December 2019 until 18 February 2020.
The AOI will announce a long list in Spring 2020, and a shortlist in Summer 2020. Each category has a New Talent and Professional winner, with 20 Category Winners and two Overall Winners announced at the Awards Ceremony in October 2020.
Four Cross-Category Awards, such as the SAA Award for an unrepresented Student, The Directory of Illustration (DI) Award for a professional artist and the AOI Award for the best member entry will also be announced then.  There is a new Innovation Award in 2020 celebrating the most ambitious, experimental work. The two Overall Winners will be awarded cash prizes.
There will be a new program of talks and events alongside a showcase of all 200 shortlisted projects at Elephant West in October 2020.  This will include masterclasses and panel discussions as well as social events to allow illustrators, agents and commissioners from around the work to meet, explore and celebrate.
The AOI has held an annual illustration competition for over 45 years.
The Association of Illustrators
The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is the world’s leading illustration body supporting and sustaining illustrators and the illustration industry. Established in 1973 the AOI offers members from around the world professional support, online resources as well as holding meet ups, webinars and events throughout the UK. The AOI has successfully campaigned to increase the standing of illustration as a profession and improve commercial and ethical conditions. With a membership that includes freelance illustrators, agents, students and colleges the AOI continues to support and educate future generations at every stage of their career.
The Directory of Illustration
The Directory of Illustration is widely regarded as the world’s leading marketing program for illustrators. Their website and print resources are relied on by thousands of qualified art buyers when they need to commission illustration.

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