V&A Illustration Awards

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the V&A Illustration Awards. Established in 1972, they have since become the UK's most prestigious annual illustration competition. Free to enter, the Awards celebrate excellence in student illustration and three categories of contemporary practice: book cover design, book illustration and illustrated journalism.

Award winners and the student shortlist will feature in a display of digital prints in the V&A South Kensington galleries. Each category winner receives £3,000 and the student runner-up receives £2,000. The overall 2022 winner of the competition is awarded the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year Prize, receives an additional £5,000 and their work enters the collection of the V&A. They will join the V&A's outstanding collections of illustration, including works by renowned artists such as Aubrey Beardsley, Sir John Tenniel, E.H. Shepard, Quentin Blake and Posy Simmonds.

The Awards are generously supported by the The Linder Foundation and the Moira Gemmill Memorial fund.

Submissions to the V&A Illustration Awards 2022 have now closed. Best of luck to all those who have entered! The shortlist will be announced in summer 2022.

Contact: villa@vam.ac.uk

History of the Awards

History of the Awards

The V&A has been running an illustration competition since 1972 when the Francis Williams Awards were presented for the best illustrated books. In 2004 new categories were introduced for Book Cover Design and for Editorial Illustration, covering illustration in newspapers, magazines and comics. Editorial Illustration has recently been renamed Illustrated Journalism. The student category was created in 2005, with a runner-up prize introduced in 2009.

View a selection of winning works 1972 – Present

Blog

Blog

The V&A Illustration Awards blog brings you the latest updates throughout the year including the shortlist and winner announcements. You can also hear from our previous winners and receive words of advice from former judges.

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Background image: Student Illustrator of the Year 2019 shortlist – Harry Woodgate for Invisible Cities (University of Hertfordshire)