It Could Be You! 2016 Illustration Awards: Entry now open

Word and Image
October 20, 2015

Last year, Daphne Christoforou – a final year student at the RCA – uploaded images of NO-THING, a sumptuous illustrated textile of astute, finely-detailed ink-drawings.

Daphne ChristoforouNO-THING was one of nearly a 1000 entries submitted to the 2015 V&A Illustration Awards. Seven months later Daphne was crowned the Student Illustrator of the Year and took home the coveted marble trophy and a cheque for £2000.

Sterling Hundley’s deft and painterly illustrations for the Folio Society edition of Treasure Island (below) wowed the competition judges and won Sterling the 2015 category prize for Best Illustrated Book as well as the Overall winner of the 2015 competition. His cheque was for £4,000.

Treasure Island, illustrations by Sterling HundleySterling Hundley










Next year, it could be you at the awards ceremony on the 23rd of May when the winners of the 2016 V&A Illustration Awards will be announced. Your chances are as good as ever, and the prize money is even higher! All category prizes (Book Illustration, Book Cover Design, Editorial Illustration, Student Illustration) have been boosted to £3000 each while the overall winner (the Illustrator of the Year) now receives an additional £5000.

This means on the evening of the 23rd of May 2016, you could join our illustrious list of previous winners and leave the Victoria and Albert Museum with:

  • A prestigious award to your name
  • A marble trophy
  • Your work on display at the V&A
  • A copy of your work held in the museum’s Word and Image collections and
  • A cheque for £8000!

So why not enter now? Entry to the competition is free and exclusively via the online entry form on the V&A Illustration Awards website. All you have to do is follow these 5 easy steps:

  • Read the Terms and Conditions, they’re boring but important!
  • Decide on which category (or categories) you’d like to enter.
  • Click on the links in the Submit an Entry section.
  • Select the Create new account tab and create a username and password.
  • Upload your images.

If you’re shortlisted, we’ll get in touch with you in March 2016, and you’ll be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony on the 23rd of May 2016, when the winners will be announced.

We’re looking forward to receiving all your entries so go for it. Click HERE to enter…you have nothing to lose and a whole lot to win.

Deadline for entry submission – Thursday 10 December 2015

Awards Ceremony at the V&A – Monday 23 May 2016

The judges’ decision is final.

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Dear V&A,
I just wanted to clear up whether I can apply for this competition. Reason being I am 18, turning 19 this October and will be a Humanities student at University. I am asking because I want to apply for 2017 Illustration Awards. Thank you.

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