V&A Illustration Awards 2024 – the shortlists!

National Art Library
March 18, 2024

The shortlists for each of the five categories in our 2024 V&A Illustration Awards have now been announced. Our 2024 panel of expert judges has reviewed a record just over 2000 entries in this year’s awards, the published categories spanning artwork from the period 2022 – 2023.

Take a look at the 41 shortlisted entries that made it through two rounds of judging to reach this stage. The second round saw these entries scoring highest when judged for ‘Originality’, ‘Technical Quality’ and ‘Capturing the Brief’ by the panel.

View our online gallery for more images from the shortlisted entries and details of each brief. Sign up to Awards updates to hear when our final winners are announced later in the year.

Adult Fiction

Tina Berning, Lessons by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape, 2022)
Olivia Daw, The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie (The Folio Society, 2023)
Gerard DuBois, No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (The Folio Society, 2023)
Jorge González Varela, The Shadow of the Wind by Jorge González Varela (The Folio Society, 2023)
Neil Packer, The Complete Plays by William Shakespeare (The Folio Society, 2023)
Mu Pan, Monkey by Wu Ch’eng-en (The Folio Society, 2023)
Matthew Richardson, Good by Matthew Richardson and Iris Murdoch, (Hoof & Claw Press/Matthew Richardson, 2023)
Andrea Serio, The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Vintage Classics, 2023)

Adult Non-Fiction

Paul Blow, You Will Get it Wrong… But You Can’t Make it Worse by Cariad Lloyd, in The Guardian Magazine, 1 July 2023
George Butler, Drawn to War, in BBC, VQR and Suddeutchse Zeitung, 9 January 2023
Claire Harrup, Britain’s Landmarks and Legends by Jo Woolf (The National Trust and HarperCollins, 2023)
Joanna Lisowiec, The Wisdom of Sheep & Other Animals by Rosamund Young (Faber & Faber, 2023)
Simon Pemberton, Climate and Conflict, in Acumen Magazine, 5 January 2023 (LeHigh University)
Alice Smith, The Physick Garden (Francis Lincoln, 2023)
Jennifer N.R. Smith, The Modern Bestiary by Joanna Bagniewska (Wildfire Books, 2023)
Maisy Summer, animation, Elsie Plant Hatting Hero (Hatworks Hat Museum, 2023) 

Illustration for Children

Ella Beech, The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore (The Folio Society, 2023)
Coralie Bickford-Smith, The Squirrel and the Lost Treasure (Particular Books, 2023)
Alison Bryant, Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones (Folio Society, 2023)
Owen Gent, That’s Nice, Love (Book Island, 2022)
David Mackintosh, My Dog, Hen (Prestel, 2022)
Benjamin Phillips, Alte Zachen / Old Things by Ziggy Hanaor (Cicada Books, 2022)
Bethan Welby, Phyllis & Grace by Nigel Grey (Scallywag Press, 2022)
Fiona Woodcock, Silver Linings (Harper 360, 2023)

Advertising & Commercial

Philipp Beck, Honest Toil Olive Oil packaging (Honest Toil, 2023)
Paul Blow, album cover for New Modern Homes by The Chesterfields (Mr Mellow’s Music, 2022)
Sveta Dorosheva, Fantasy: Realms of Imagination exhibition visual (British Library, 2023)
Michael Kirkham, World of James Joyce jigsaw (Laurence King Publishing, 2022)
Tom Jay, Fishing Boat in a Bottle card (Art Angels, 2023)
Sammi Lynch, Burberry x Highgrove silk scarves (Burberry, 2023)
Simon Pemberton, London Philharmonic Orchestra campaign 2022/23 (London Philharmonic Orchestra, 2022)
Lisa Sheehan, Badrutt’s Palace winter/summer brochure cover, 2022 (Tower Revue and Badrutt’s Palace Hotel)
Maisy Summer, Bookshop Day mural (Bookshop Day/Build Hollywood, 2023)

Emerging Illustrator

Aditi Anand, Marigolds, 2023
Shuyan Chen, King John, Act. IV sc. I
Shuyan Chen, The Fliers of Gy, 2023
Joanna Cohn, A Storm at The Grange, 2022
Merran Coleman, A is for Aval – an A-Z of Cornish folklore, 2023
Heike Scharrer, Stilts, Bears & Skeletons
Mingxian Xiang, Melancholy life, 2022
Xin Zhang, Crusaders, 2021

Find out more about the V&A Illustration Awards.

2 comments so far, view or add yours


Many imaginative entries, an interesting blog

Thanks for sharing this – what an exciting mix of styles and emotions conveyed! I’m really keen to see the physical display in due course.

The bespoke website you linked is great too, especially the enlarged viewing options. It would be even better with past years’ entries added…

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