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.

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John Vernon Lord named winner of the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year at the V&A Illustration Awards 2018

  The winners of the V&A Illustration Awards 2018 were announced at an awards ceremony hosted by the Museum on the evening of Tuesday 15 May. Each winner received £3,000, a trophy and certificate. Acclaimed illustrator, scholar and author, John Vernon Lord has been awarded the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year award worth an […]

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V&A Illustration Awards 2018 Shortlist

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. […]

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2018 V&A Illustration Awards: entry closing soon!

V&A Illustration Award winner's trophy

With one week to go before entry to the 2018 V&A Illustration Awards closes, here is the necessary info you need to submit your work: Is your work eligible? The published categories are open to illustrators resident in the UK, or that have published within the UK book and editorial market. For 2018, this includes self-published […]

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Behind the scenes: The V&A Illustration Awards Ceremony 2017

The 2017 V&A Illustration Awards trophy.

The 2017 V&A Illustration Awards were held at the V&A on the 16th of May. Here is a little taste of the night, from the winners, to the Judges and the new V&A Illustration awards display; which can be seen free of charge outside the National Art Library until the 20th of August.   Director […]

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V&A Illustration Awards 2017 Winners Announced

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 […]

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V&A Illustration Awards 2017 Shortlist

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:

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V&A Illustration Awards 2017 … who’s next?

Last week, in prepping for the opening of the 2017 V&A Illustration Awards, we found ourselves browsing through previous winners of the competition. The breath and scope of illustration styles is still astounding and every year, as the entries start rolling in, we often find ourselves wondering …which one of these artists will be next […]

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V&A Illustration Awards: Interview with David McConochie – winner of the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year prize

What is David McConochie’s secret? In the space of a year, he’s bagged two prestigious illustration awards and a lucrative commission for The Folio Society. He’s just been crowned Winner of the V&A Illustration Awards and to mark the opening of the 2016 Illustration Awards display, I caught up with David to find out more […]

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HOW TO WIN the V&A Illustration Awards! An interview with the judges

It’s an enduring mystery of art competitions: what exactly do the judges want? As the shortlist for the V&A Illustration Awards is announced, I caught up with the judges of the Student Prize, Rafi Romaya & Ruth Prickett, & quizzed them on their choices, trends in illustration & their views on why Student Competitions matter.

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BEST OF THE BEST: TOP 5 Illustration Award BOOK COVER Design winners

How do you sum up a 400 page novel in a single image? How do you design an object to be both a work of art and a consumer-good? Continuing with our Best of the Best series of V&A Illustration Award winners, here we list 5 of our favourite Book Cover Designs.

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