V&A Illustration Awards

The V&A Illustration Awards is a free, biennial competition celebrating excellence in illustration and contemporary practice, and judged by a panel of prominent illustrators and industry experts.

First established in 1972, the V&A's competition is defined by a focus on the British illustration industry, celebrating artwork made for the UK market by artists from across the globe as well as artwork made by illustrators living the UK. We are excited to announce some changes in our categories to evolve the Awards further for 2024.

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

About the 2024 Awards

About the 2024 Awards

Entry to the 2024 V&A Illustration Awards is now closed. Judging has begun and the shortlist will be announced here in early Spring 2024. Best of luck!

2024 V&A Illustration Awards judges

  • Maru Aguzzi – founder and director of Gran Salón Mexico
  • James Albon – author and illustrator, winner of the 2022 V&A Illustration Awards Illustrated Journalism category
  • Tristram Hunt – Director of the V&A
  • Yasmeen Ismail – author, illustrator and animator, V&A Book Illustrator of the year 2014
  • Chris Riddell – illustrator and cartoonist

The 2024 Awards include four published categories, with an additional prize for emerging unpublished illustrators:

  • Adult Fiction
  • Adult Non-Fiction
  • Advertising and Commercial
  • Illustration for Children
  • Emerging Illustrator

See our Terms and conditions for detail on the types of illustration included in each category.

There is no set brief for any of our Awards.

Prizes

There is a winner and runner-up in each category. The five category winners each receive £3,000, and five runners-up receive £750.

An overall winner is named the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year and receives an additional £5,000, with their artwork entering the V&A's collection.

Winners will be announced at the V&A South Kensington in September 2024 where selected artwork from each of the winners and runners-up will feature in a display.

Terms & conditions | FAQs

Terms & conditions | FAQs

These are the terms and conditions covering entry to all categories of the 2024 V&A Illustration Awards.

If you have more questions about the V&A Illustration Awards, please consult our frequently asked questions.

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. The student category was created in 2005, with a runner-up prize introduced in 2009.

For the 2024 Awards a new category Advertising & Commercial has been introduced. We have realigned other categories to create Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction and Illustration for Children. The student category has now expanded to become Emerging Illustrator.

View a selection of winning works from 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.

Stay in touch

Stay in touch

Contact: villa@vam.ac.uk

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

Header image: Winner of V&A Illustration Awards, Published Illustration category 2020, Clive Hicks-Jenkins for Hansel & Gretel, a Nightmare in Eight Scenes by Simon Armitage, Faber & Faber, 2019