V&A Illustration Awards 2018 Shortlist

National Art Library
April 27, 2018

We were thrilled to have received a tremendous response this year with over a thousand entries. Our judges have made their selections for the shortlist and they are, in alphabetical order:

 2018 Student Illustrator of the Year Prize

Alva Skog. BA Graphic Design (Illustration): UAL Central Saint Martins.

The Explorer, The Thinker and The Leader.



Emily Hill. Postgraduate programme: Royal Drawing School.

The Diamond Primary School Days

 Fay Troote. BA Illustration: Arts University Bournemouth.

The Diving Pool


Joseph Namara Hollis. MA Children’s Book Illustration: Anglia Ruskin University.

The Big City

 Sinae Park. BA Illustration: Norwich University of the Arts.


Book Illustration Award:

Benji Davies for The Grotlyn (London: Harper Collins Children’s Books, 2017)

Jason Brooks for New York Sketchbook (London: Laurence King, 2017).

John Vernon Lord for Ulysses (London: The Folio Society, 2017)

Book Cover Design Award:

Suzanne Dean for Bluets (Penguin Random House, 2017)

Will Webb for Anquetil, Alone (Pursuit Books, 2017)


Editorial Illustration Award:

Calum Heath for ‘Cyber Bullying’, published in Vice

Cat O’Neil  for ‘RSA Benefits’, published in Libération

Martin O’Neill for ‘Virtual Vatican’, published in Garage Magazine


2018 Judges

Student Category:

  • A. Richard Allen (Artist and Illustrator, V&A Illustration Awards 2017 Winner)
  • Martin Colyer (Writer, Art Director and Musician)

Published Category:

  • Tristram Hunt (Director of the V&A Museum)
  • Sally Hales (Editor of Artists & Illustrators Magazine)
  • Frank Skinner (Writer, Comedian, TV and Radio Presenter)

Prize Money

The winner in each category receives £3,000 and a trophy. The judges will also select an Overall Winner to receive an additional £5,000 and the ‘Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year’ prize. The prize is named in memory of the late Moira Gemmill, the V&A’s former Director of Design, to reflect her significant contribution to, and tireless support of, the awards.

 The Awards

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 15 May 2018 and the winning works will be on display at the V&A from 16 May until 24 June 2018.

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

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