V&A Illustration Awards 2011

Supported by the Enid Linder Foundation

The V&A Illustration Awards celebrate the best illustration published over the last year. Original artwork from the best illustrated book, book cover, editorial illustration and student illustrator of the year are recognised.

Published Category

The 2011 Published Category judges were Bel Mooney, author and columnist; Rob Ryan, artist; Francesca Gavin, author and editor; Robin Allison-Smith, photographer and company director, and Moira Gemmill, V&A Director of Design.

'A Tea In Tehran' by Olivier Kugler, Rollin Publications, 2010

'A Tea In Tehran' by Olivier Kugler, Rollin Publications, 2010

Editorial Illustration Award and Overall Winner

Olivier Kugler, ‘A Tea In Tehran’

Illustrated journal published in XXI – Vingt et Un, Rollin Publications, Autumn 2010.

‘I love to draw the people I meet and the places I visit. Last year I went travelling in Iran. In Tehran I met Massih, a truck driver, who invited me to join him on a four day journey carrying bottled water down to the south of the country … I created a 30-page illustrated journal of the time I spent with Massih.’

Visit Olivier Kugler's website


Laura Carlin illustrations to 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes, Walker Books, 2010

Laura Carlin illustrations to 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes, Walker Books, 2010

Book Illustration Award

Laura Carlin, illustrations to ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes

Published by Walker Books, London, 2010

‘Illustrating The Iron Man was a dream commission. Some of my favourite writers, including Ted Hughes, deal with huge environmental and emotional themes and yet manage to sprinkle the heaviness with wit and observation.’

Visit Laura Carlin's blog


Lorenzo Petrantoni cover to 'Boxer Beetle' by Ned Beauman, Hodder & Stoughton, 2010

Lorenzo Petrantoni cover to 'Boxer Beetle' by Ned Beauman, Hodder & Stoughton, 2010

Book Cover Illustration Award

Lorenzo Petrantoni, cover to ‘Boxer Beetle’ by Ned Beauman

Published by Hodder & Stoughton, London, 2010

The judges felt that the strong graphic image on the front and back cover of Boxer Beetle packed a powerful punch making it stand out on the shelf, ‘…like Kafka seen through the eyes of Dashiell Hammett’.

Visit Lorenzo Petrantoni's website


Student Category

The 2011 Student Category judges were 2010's overall winner Sarah Carr, and Frazer Hudson, academic and a previous winner of the Editorial Award.

'Awkward People in Funny Situations' by Mike Redmond

'Awkward People in Funny Situations' by Mike Redmond

Student Illustrator Award Winner

Mike Redmond, ‘Awkward People In Funny Situations’

Royal College of Art, London

'What inspires me the most is space and time and how they affect everyone so differently. I've been trying to show these situations and stories visually, exploring relationships in time and space. The end of the world is not the end it just goes on to the next end of the world.’


'Bacteria' by Hannah Simpson

'Bacteria' by Hannah Simpson

Student Illustrator Award Runner-Up

Hannah Simpson, ‘Bacteria’

Kingston University, London

‘I made the Bacteria series of etchings on three hand cut zinc plates. Each plate, reminiscent of a Petri dish, is a portrait of a species of bacteria. Using microscopic images for reference, I drew human bodies in place of the bacteria cells. The prints are made with coloured ink, echoing the way bacteria are stained to become visible.’

Visit Hannah Simpson's website

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