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 previous winners are 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.

Entry to the V&A Illustration Awards 2018 has now closed

We have received a tremendous response to this year's awards, thanks to all the Illustrators who have entered.

The shortlist will be announced in April 2018. This includes the best three published entries and the top five student entries, as decided by our judges.

Winners will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony and Private View on Tuesday 15 May 2018. The winning works will be shown at the V&A in a public display, Wednesday 16 May – Sunday 24 June 2018.

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2017 Editorial Illustration Award and Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year, A. Richard Allen - 'Trump Wave', in The Sunday Telegraph Money

There are three categories for published illustration - Book Cover, Book Illustration and Editorial Illustration (newspapers and magazines) - as well as the Student Illustrator of the Year Prize, for unpublished work.

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.

Winners must be prepared to lend some or all of their original artwork for the display.

Contact: villa@vam.ac.uk

Supported by the Enid Linder Foundation, with further financial support from Edwin Davies CBE, the Sackler Trust, the Ruddock Foundation for the Arts and the Headley Trust.

Find out more on the V&A Illustration Awards blog and explore our Illustration collections.

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2017

2017

2017 Editorial Illustration Award and Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year
A. Richard Allen, Trump Wave, in The Sunday Telegraph Money

Book Cover Design Award
Aino-Maija Metsola for Mrs Dalloway from Vintage Classics Woolf Series (Vintage, 2016)

Book Illustration Award
JARVIS, Alan’s Big Scary Teeth (London: Walker Books, 2016)

2017 Student Illustrator of the Year
Beatriz Lostalé Seijo, The Odyssey, MA Children's Book Illustration, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art

Student Runner-up
Tom Spooner, Towards an Infinite Place, Visual Communications, RCA

2016

2016

2016 Book Cover Design and Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year
David McConochie for The Folio Book of Ghost Stories (The Folio Society, 2015)

Book Illustration Award
Jason Brooks, London Sketchbook (Laurence King, 2015)

Editorial Illustration Award
Bill Bragg, But Today I'm Afraid, in Guardian Comment, 2015

2016 Student Illustrator of the Year
Kate Milner, My Name Is Not 'Refugee’, MA Children's Book Illustration, Angila Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art

Student Runner-up
Joan Alturo, Morts et Vita, MA Illustration, Arts University Bournemouth

2015

2015

2015 Book Illustration Award and Overall Winner
Sterling Hundley, Treasure Island (The Folio Society, 2014)

Book Cover Design Award
Yehrin Tong, The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (Canongate Books, Edinburgh, 2014)

Editorial Illustration Award
Simon Pemberton, The Blackest Isles, in Financial Times Weekend, 2014

2015 Student Illustrator of the Year
Daphne Christoforou, No Thing, Royal College of Art

Student Runner-up
Dan Ungureanu, Nara and the Island, Angila Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art

2014

2014

2014 Editorial Illustration Award and Overall Winner
Helen Musselwhite, Ten Myths of Creativity by Author Audrey Niffenegger, in Dance Gazette, published by Royal Academy of Dance, 2013

Book Cover Design Award
Anne-Marie Jones, Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence (The Folio Society, 2013)

Book Illustration Award
Yasmeen Ismail, Time for Bed, Fred! by Yasmeen Ismail (Bloomsbury Children's Books, London, 2013)

2014 Student Illustrator of the Year
Grace Russell, The Wild Places, University of Westminster

Student Runner-up
Vivian Chan, London Fashion Scout AW13, Kingston University

2013

2013

2013 Editorial Illustration Award and Overall Winner
George Butler, Syria: the point of no return by Martin Chulov, in Guardian G2, 2012

Book Cover Design Award
Pietari Posti (represented by Début Art), Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (Vintage, London, 2012)

Book Illustration Award
Anna and Elena Balbusso, Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin (The Folio Society, London, 2012)

2013 Student Illustrator of the Year
Grace Helmer, The Fugitive, Camberwell College of Arts

Student Runner-up
Minho Kwon, The Neo Arts and Crafts Movement, Royal College of Art

2012

2012

2012 Book Illustration Award and Overall Winner
Laëtitia Devernay, The Conductor by Laëtitia Devernay (Chronicle Books, London, 2011)

Book Cover Design Award
Matthew Richardson, The Outsider by Albert Camus (The Folio Society, London, 2011)

Editorial Illustration Award
Nick Lowndes, Mastering Growth, in Financial Times, 2011

2012 Student Illustrator of the Year
Holly Mills, Hothouse, Camberwell College of Arts, London

Student Runner-up
Daniel Clarke, Heygate Memories, Camberwell College of Arts, London

2011

2011

2011 Editorial Illustration Award and Overall Winner
Olivier Kugler, A Tea In Tehran, in XXI – Vingt et Un (Rollin Publications, 2010)

Book Illustration Award
Laura Carlin, The Iron Man by Ted Hughes (Walker Books, London, 2010)

Book Cover Design Award
Lorenzo Petrantoni, Boxer Beetle by Ned Beauman (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 2010)

2011 Student Illustrator of the Year
Mike Redmond, Awkward People In Funny Situations, Royal College of Art, London

Student Runner-up
Hannah Simpson, Bacteria, Kingston University, London

2010

2010

2010 Book Illustration Award and Overall Winner
Sarah Carr, How to Drink by Victoria Moore (Granta Books, London, 2009)

Book Cover Design Award
Marion Deuchars, Burmese Days by George Orwell (Penguin Books, London, 2009)

Editorial Illustration Award
Matthew Richardson, Phantom Space Storms by Jon Cartright in New Scientist (Reed Business Information, 2009)

2010 Student Illustrator of the Year
Hanshen Gu, How Does Transport Destroy My Life?, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London

Student Runner-up
Frank Laws, Ongoing Project…, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London

2009

2009

2009 Book Illustration Award and Overall Winner
Tom Burns, New York Trilogy by Paul Auster (The Folio Society, London, 2008)

Book Cover Design Award
Swava Harasymowicz, Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin (Penguin Books, 2008)

Editorial Illustration Award
Swava Harasymowicz, Putting Daisy Down by Jay McInerney, in Guardian Weekend Magazine, 2008

2009 Student Illustrator of the Year
Lydia Wong, Everything Turns To Gold, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London

Student Runner-up
Kristina Marie Hofmann, illustrations inspired by ICE by Anna Kavan, Royal College of Art, London

2007

2007

2007 Editorial Illustration Award and Overall Winner
Brett Ryder, Looking for the Next Fix by Alex Kuczynski, in Daily Telegraph Magazine, 2007

Book Illustration Award
Lionel Le Neouanic, Little Smudge by Lionel Le Neouanic (Boxer Books Ltd, London, 2006)

Book Cover Design Award
Paul Bower, Barcelona Plates, by Alexei Sayle (Hodder & Stoughton (Sceptre), London, 2007)

2007 Student Illustrator of the Year
Leah Fusco, The Long Man, University College for the Creative Arts, Maidstone

Student Runner-up
Laura Clark, picture book version of The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde, Edinburgh College of Art

2006

2006

2006 Book Illustration Award and Overall Winner
Tony Angell, In the Company of Crows and Ravens by John M. Marzluff and Tony Angell (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2005)

Book Cover Design Award
Tim Moore and Xiao, Mammals by Pierre Mérot (Canongate Books Ltd, Edinburgh, 2006)

Editorial Illustration Award
Laura Carlin, Inside a Rape Trial by Barbara Toner in Guardian G2, 2006

2006 Student Illustrator of the Year
Chu-Li Chen, Human Imperfections, London College of Communication

2005

2005

2005 Book Illustration Award and Overall Winner
Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (Hamish Hamilton, London, 2005)

Book Cover Design Award
Bill Sanderson (illustrator) and Steve Snider (designer), The Flood by David Maine (Canongate Books Ltd, Edinburgh, 2004)

Editorial Illustration Award
Przemek Sobocki, Touch in 125 Magazine, Issue 04, September 2004

2005 Student Illustrator of the Year
Julianna Kasza, Piglet, Kent Institute of Art and Design

2004

2004

2004 Book Cover Design Award and Overall Winner
Sara Fanelli, Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (Walker Books, 2003)

Editorial Illustration Award
Daniel Pudles, The Moral Myth by George Monbiot in The Guardian, 2003

Book Illustration Award
Nicholas Garland, The Coma by Alex Garland (Faber & Faber, 2004)