V&A Illustration Awards 2017 Shortlist

Word and Image
May 5, 2017

With just over two weeks to go before the winners are announced, the judges of the 2017 V&A Illustration Awards have whittled down the entries from nearly a thousand to just three in each category. On the 16th of May we’ll find out the winners of the awards for:

Book Illustration, Editorial Illustration, Book Cover Design and 2017 Student Illustrator of the year. The winner of each category receives £3,000. An overall winner will also be selected to win an additional £5,000 and the 2017 Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year Prize.

The winning works will all be on display here in the V&A (Room 85 National Art Library) until August 2017. In the meantime, how do you think our judges will decide?



ANNA & ELENA BALBUSSO Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare (London: The Folio Society, 2016).
BENJI DAVIES The Storm Whale in Winter (London: Simon & Schuster, 2016)
JARVIS Alan’s Big Scary Teeth (London: Walker Books, 2016)



GARY NEILL Brexit – What Next? (IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) Magazine, June 2016)
A RICHARD ALLEN Trump Wave (The Sunday Telegraph Money, 13 November 2016)
NICK LOWNDES Samuel Johnson (The Economist, 30 January 2016)



AINO-MAIJA METSOLA Mrs Dalloway (London: Vintage Classics, 2016)
LIZZY STEWART There’s a Tiger in the Garden (London: Frances Lincoln, 2016)
JOE CIARDIELLO Aubrey’s Brief Lives (London: The Folio Society, 2016)



Lucy Waldman (UCA Farnham; BA Illustration): Favela Life


Beatriz Lostalé Seijo (Anglia Ruskin, MA Book Illustration): The Odyssey


Emily Evans (RCA; MA Visual Communication): Blood Antiquities


Thomas Hedger (UAL Central Saint Martins; BA Graphic Design) Petrol Stations


Tom Spooner (RCA, Visual Communication): Towards an Infinite Place


Huge congratulations to all the shortlisted artists and we wish them the very best of luck on the 16th of May.

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