The V&A Illustration Awards

The V&A Illustration Awards is the UK’s most prestigious annual illustration competition recognising the very best in Book, Editorial and Student Illustration. The competition has been running since 1972 and its list of previous winners is a veritable Who’s Who? of British Illustration including household names like: Ralph Steadman, Posy Simmonds, Sara Fanelli, Quentin Blake, Laura Carlin, Matthew Richardson, Helen Musselwhite and Yasmeen Ismail. This year, more established and aspiring illustrators will vie for the title of “Illustrator of the Year”, a cash prize of up to £8000, a marble trophy and a career-changing opportunity to have their work displayed at the V&A and acquired by the Museum’s Word and Image department. This blog will keep you posted on every aspect of the awards, highlighting some of the treasures from the V&A’s collection of contemporary Illustration and giving you a behind-the-scenes perspective of the judging and installation process.