V&A Illustration Awards 2017 Winners Announced

Word & Image
May 17, 2017

On 16th of May, at a ceremony and private view here at the V&A, the winners of the 2017 V&A Illustration Awards were announced. The winner in each category received a £3,000 cash prize as well as a trophy and a certificate. As overall winner of the 2017 competition, A. Richard Allen is the recipient of the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year Prize and received an additional £5,000.


A. Richard Allen for ‘Trump Wave’, in The Sunday Telegraph Money

A. Richard Allen for ‘Trump Wave’, in The Sunday Telegraph Money


JARVIS for Alan’s Big Scary Teeth (London: Walker Books, 2016)

JARVIS for Alan's Big Scary Teeth (London: Walker Books, 2016)


Aino-Maija Metsola for Mrs Dalloway  from the Vintage Classics Woolf Series (London: Vintage Classics, 2016)

Aino-Maija Metsola for Virginia Woolf Series (London: Vintage Classics, 2016)


Beatriz Lostalé Seijo (MA Children’s Book Illustration, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art) for The Odyssey

Beatriz Lostalé Seijo (Anglia Ruskin University – Cambridge School of Art, MA Book Illustration) for The Odyssey


Tom Spooner (Visual Communications, Royal College of Art,) for Towards an Infinite Place

Tom Spooner (Royal College of Art, Visual Communications) for Towards an Infinite Place

The following student entrants were also Highly Commended:

Lucy Waldman (University for the Creative Arts Farnham; BA Illustration) for Favela Life

Emily Evans (Royal College of Art; MA Visual Communication) for Blood Antiquities

Thomas Hedger (University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins; BA Graphic Design) for Petrol Stations

Special thanks to the judges of the 2017 competition:

  • Beryl Kingston – Author
  • Jane Scherbaum – former V&A Head of Design
  • Jason Brooks – Artist and Illustrator, 2016 V&A Illustration Awards winner
  • John O’Reilly – Editor: Varoom magazine
  • Loyd Grossman – Broadcaster, Art Historian and Gastronome

The V&A Illustration Awards is supported by the Enid Linder Foundation and the Moira Gemmill Memorial Fund.

All the winning art works will be on display at the Museum, on the landing outside the National Art Library, until 20 August 2017.

Entry for the 2018 competition will open in October 2017. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 V&A Illustration Awards!

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