AOI call for entries to the World Illustration Awards 2021

The AOI, in partnership with the USA-based Directory of Illustration, announces that the World Illustration Awards 2021 are open for entries until 15 February 2021.
‘This year we will be celebrating great illustration from across the globe, with an emphasis on supporting illustrators many of whom have continued to make amazing work in incredibly challenging circumstances in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The World Illustration Awards have always aimed to connect illustrators with the industry to increase their visibility, and gain new clients and commissions. This year we are particularly proud to celebrate illustration as the vibrant creative and thriving industry it is, by highlighting great work created by illustrators from first year students through to established professionals from across the world.” – Ren Renwick, CEO, The Association of Illustrators

The World Illustration Awards are a year-long showcase of great illustration. This begins with the sharing of selected entries as they come in, followed by an announcement in June of the 500 longlisted projects on The AOI website, and then the release of the 200 shortlisted projects which will feature in an Online Showcase launching in September, and a printed catalogue published in October.

There are also fantastic prizes on offer, including generous cash prizes for the Overall Winners. The variety, quality and imaginative creativity promises to offer something for everyone, as we bring together great illustration into view.

This high-profile competition with ten industry relevant categories are judged by distinguished professionals from the global illustration industry. Commissioners value the Awards for identifying current trends and finding undiscovered talent, and illustrators value the connection and sense of community participating can bring.

“Besides winning, the true prize for me was getting to know and connect with other illustrators through the competition, feeling part of a community of people who are in the same boat as you and sharing tips and experiences. Also the attention my work got online was great!” – Xavier Segers, WIA2020 Site Specific Category Winner

Entries can be submitted until the end of the day 15 February 2021 via the online application form.

To find out all about the awards, the 10 categories, how to enter, sponsors, prizes and cash awards, judges and much more visit: