Joseph Binder Award 2020 deadline extended

The deadline for the Joseph Binder Award 2020 has been extended .
Due to the great demand you now have until 3 May 2020 to take part in Design Austria's international competition for Graphic Design and Illustration. Despite COVID19 the JBA20 Awards is still planned to take place in November.

The JBA20 are divided in 3 major areas: Graphic Design with 8 subcategories, Illustration with 4 subcategories and Design Fiction with 1 category. In each category the jury of experts will assign Joseph Binder Awards in Gold, Silver, and Bronze  to worthy projects.
In addition, the jury may may decide to assign three merit awards in each of the graphic design and illustration categories.

To support independent, conceptual, or academic projects and non-commercial activities in graphic design and illustration,
cash prizes worth a total of 10,000 euros will be awarded to five outstanding projects in the Design Fiction category.
Moreover, in this category the Henry Steiner Prize will be awarded to honour a particularly deserving project.

All of the entries selected by the jury will be published in a catalogue and an exhibition. The winners will be publicly announced in November 2020 during a festive presentation to be held in Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier.

Online registration & information:

Joseph Binder Award 2020 - apply by 17 April

DesignAustria is calling for entries for the fifteenth edition of the Joseph Binder Award.  This international competition has a focus on graphic design & illustration. Designers, illustrators, agencies and students from all over the world are invited to submit their works realized in 2018 and after.

Joseph Binder was one of the founders of designaustria. The Joseph Binder Award was launched in 1996 to honour his legacy. This international showcase for graphic design and illustration is organised every other year in the form of a competition. Joseph Binder was one of the most outstanding graphic designers and illustrators active in Austria between the two World Wars, who subsequently also revolutionized visual communication in the United States. Joseph Binder’s motto was: »In design, everything has a function. Design has a representational function. Design has a communicational function. Design has a motivational function.« Today, in a new millennium, Joseph Binder’s principles are still highly relevant.

All entries are assessed by an international jury of experts. Previous jury panels included such recognized authorities as Cordula Alessandri, Lo Breier, Gerd Dumbar, Fons Hickmann, Freda Sack, Stefan Sagmeister, Niklaus Troxler, and Lars Müller.

Deadline for entries: 17 April 2020.

Online registration & information:

Call for Entries World Illustration Awards 2020

Be ambitious, be seen, be celebrated

The World Illustration Awards are now open for entries until 18 February 2020.
Presented by the Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with USA-based Directory of Illustration, the Awards build on the AOI’s 45-year tradition of competitions. For 2020 the World Illustration Awards will be presented in a refreshed format, offering illustrators the opportunity to showcase and celebrate their most ambitious work.

The Awards are open to professional and new talent illustrators living and working in any media and any country.

The World Illustration Awards 2020 will be judged across ten categories that represent the work being made in the industry today. New categories include Book Covers, Science and Technology, and Design, Product and Packaging.

Four Cross-Category Awards will be presented this year, including a new Innovation Award, recognising work that truly pushes the boundaries of the artform.

The Overall Winners will enjoy cash prizes totalling £3,000, sponsored by Winsor & Newton. Category Winners enjoy in-kind benefits, as well as the coveted WIA trophies.

200 shortlisted entrants will be presented in a digital and print publication sent to commissioners worldwide and available for sale, and be presented in a new look exhibition, as part of the WIA events programme in October 2020.

The AOI will host a programme of talks and events alongside a new look showcase of all 200 shortlisted projects at one of London’s most exciting new venues, Elephant West.

For more information
and guidance about the contest see here:
Apply using the online form on the AOI website:

Deadline: 18 February 2020

Irudika 2020 Illustrator in Residence contest - apply by 15 October 2019

IRUDIKA, the international illustration fair of the Basque countries in Spain has launched an international contest for an Illustrator in Residence.
The call is organised with the support of Fundación Vital Fundazioa, in collaboration with Fundación Bilbaoarte Fundazioa and the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l’Image of Angoulême.

The contest

The main goal of the Residency is to encourage creative production in the area of illustration. Therefore the successfull candidate will be asked to produce a personal illustration project during their stay, as well as create the poster and graphics to be used for the IRUDIKA 2020 flyers.
The Residency also aims to facilitate the start of collaboration networks, to foster the mobility of the artists, and strengthen ties between foreign and national cultural institutions.

The call is open to any illustrator, older than 18 years based anywhere in the world.

The Award

The winner of the contest will receive a Prize worth €2100 gross, which covers some daily and travel expenses to the various residencies planned at different venues and various stages:

  • Phase 1: VITORIA-GASTEIZ. ESPACIO ZAS. 6 February 2020.
  • Phase 2: BILBAO. 7 February – 4 March 2020. FUNDACIÓN BILBAOARTE FUNDAZIOA.
  • Phase 3: ANGOULÊME. 4 – 27 March 2020. MAISON DES AUTEURS DE ANGOULÊME (France).
  • Phase 4: BILBAO. 27 March – 5 April 2020 at FUNDACION BILBAOARTE FUNDAZIOA, with a possible visit to BOLOGNA CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR (30 March – 2 April 2020).
  • Phase 5: VITORIA. 5 – 7 April 2020. FUNDACIÓN VITAL FUNDAZIOA.

More info

For contest criteria and how to submit your application see IRUDIKA

Deadline for submissions: Tuesday 15th of October at 23:59 hours.
No application shall be accepted after that date.


EIF Annual Meeting at Irudika the Basque illustration festival

This October the EIF will hold their annual meeting in Spain, on the occasion of IRUDIKA 2019, the international for professional illustrators. The event is organised by EUSKAL IRUDIGILEAK, the Basque Association of Professional Illustrators and takes place from 24 to 26 October 2019 in Vitoria-Gazteiz.
IRUDIKA offers attendees 3 days of training through conferences, workshops as well as portfolio sessions.
Speakers from three countries – South Korea, United Kingdom and Argentina  – will be guests of Irudika 2019 including the Associations of Illustrators UK and London Illustration Book Fair.

On Sunday 27th October EIF Board members will each present their association to the Basque and Spanish illustrators community. It's an occasion to exchange experiences and learn from best practices. Afterwards the EIF annual meeting will be focussed on developing the strategy to reach the EIF goal of empowering illustrators across Europe.

The countries that will be present at the meeting are: Austria (Illustria), Finland (Kuvittajat ), Norway (Grafill), Italy (AI), Romania (Clubul Ilustratorilor), Sweden (Svenska Tecnare), the UK (AOI).

EU Copyright Directive for the digital age

The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market is an important piece of European Union legislation designed to modernise copyright for the digital age, with the aim of helping to ensure a fairer deal for those working in the creative sector.

For creators, an important benefit is a principle of appropriate pay and the point that creators will be entitled to share financially in any unanticipated success of a project, even if they have assigned their copyright in the work.
It also contains transparency and contract adjustment mechanisms for creators and performers. This means that agreements with clients will have to be clear and understandable so that creators will understand what rights are being licensed to the client.

EU Copyright Directive since April 2019

The EU copyright directive was adopted by the European Council on 15th April 2019, completing its final stage of approval after two-and-a-half years of debate and negotiation. Although six member states voted against the new rules (Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland and Sweden), and three abstained (Belgium, Estonia and Slovenia), the directive passed with the support of 19 countries — three more than the minimum required — representing more than 71% of the EU population.

The directive will be published in the Official Journal of the EU, and member states will have 24 months to implement the measures at national level.

The final Directive contains five different measures to strengthen the position of authors (creators) and performers:

A principle of appropriate and proportionate remuneration for authors and performers;

A transparency obligation to help authors and performers have access to more information about the exploitation of their works and performances;

A contract adjustment mechanism to allow authors and performers to obtain a fair share when the remuneration originally agreed becomes disproportionately low compared to the success of their work or performance;

A mechanism for the revocation of rights allowing creators to take back their rights when their works are not being exploited; and

A dispute resolution procedure for authors and performers.

“I am very glad that we have achieved a balanced text, creating multiple opportunities for Europe’s creative sectors, which will thrive and better reflect our cultural diversity and other European common values, but also for the users, whose freedom of expression on internet will be consolidated. This is a milestone for the development of a robust and well-functioning digital single market.” (Valer Daniel Breaz, Romanian Minister for Culture and National Identity)

A system to increase the responsibility of internet platforms, such as YouTube and Facebook, for the creative content uploaded on their platforms.

The last of these proposals is designed to fix the so-called “value gap” — the yawning disparity between the profits earned by some user upload platforms that pay little or nothing for the use of works such as music and images, and the incomes earned by those who create the content in the first place.

More information here:

Thanks to the British Copyright Council

The World Illustration Awards 2019 exhibition, London

The World Illustration Awards 2019 Exhibition returns to Somerset House, London this summer.

The Association of Illustrators (The AOI), in partnership with the Directory of Illustration, announces the return of the popular World Illustration Awards exhibition to Somerset House this summer. Featuring all 200 entries shortlisted for this year’s awards, with in-depth presentations of winning projects, this inspiring exhibition showcases the very best emerging and established illustrations from around the world today.

An independent jury of 24 commissioners and industry insiders including Josephine Kelliher, Art Program Manager at Facebook EMEA, Simon Khalil, Editor at Arab News and Kirstie Johnstone, Creative Production Partner at AMV BBDO, judged over 3,600 submissions from 68 countries in eight categories to select the shortlist.

From book covers to newspapers, packaging to murals, illustration is the visual language of everyday life. This exhibition celebrates this most engaging of art forms in its broadest sense.

Showcasing a diverse range of styles, materials and topics, featuring an extraordinary range of illustration practice across vibrant industry sectors including Advertising, Children’s Books, Design and Editorial, the exhibition reveals the innovative ideas and techniques at the forefront of illustration today.

Highlighting cutting-edge work, such as a digital wallpaper that changes colour according to the position of the sun, alongside handmade pieces including an embroidered graphic novel, the exhibition features a range of materials and processes.

Illustrator Tim Easley impressed the judges with a painstakingly- created circuit board made of plasticine to be used on the record sleeve for the band Modified Man. Olivier Kugler’s ‘Escaping Wars and Waves - Encounters with Syrian Refugees’ humanises the stories of the refugee crisis in a detailed and respectful reportage style.

One of the quirkiest projects this year is ‘Small but Significant’ by Jingtong who created a whole universe out of collage and mixed media connected to her love of potatoes, including a potato museum and the ‘Potato Daily’ newspaper.

The Category and Overall winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held at Somerset House on 10 July, alongside the winners of three new cross-category awards, including an AOI Members Award, a Directory of Illustration Award, and the Society of Artists Agents Award for New Talent.


From 11 - 28 July 2019
Embankment East Galleries,
Somerset House
Strand, London

Free entry


Illustrators Empowerment Campaign #NotAHobby

Illustration by Cathal Duane

Illustration is major contributor to the cultural economy. Brands, businesses and individuals recognise its value to sell products and ideas and engage their audience. The success of the illustration business is undeniable.But the business of illustration – day to day negotiation, business planning, cash flow, marketing – is too often overlooked by illustrators.

The AOI - Association of Illustrators - in the UK have launched an Empowerment campaign called #NotAHobby to address that. The AOI and EIF are calling all illustrators in Europe to take part.
It’s time for us illustrators to invest in our skills, our businesses and our selves.

What does the campaign want to achieve?

We want to see all illustrators confidently pricing their work and managing their businesses successfully.

We want illustrators around the world to earn a fair income.

We want to see everyone (commissioner, client and creative) understanding and respecting licensing, contracts and fair pay.

We recognise the rise in mental health in our industry, and want to address this.

All illustrators across the world are encouraged to take notice of the campaign and act on it!

Illustrators, Agents, Tutors, Commissioners!
Share the campaign image with your own words of empowerment.

Use the hashtag #NotAHobby to work together with us and get this message across to everyone and move our industry forward.

Let’s flood social platforms with informative and inspirational insights, celebrating the business of illustration!

See here for more information and resources #NotAHobby - Link: NotAHobby

The International Illustrator Seminar Finland

The International Illustrator Seminar invites all lovers of illustration to Hanaholmen on Friday 31th of May 2019.

The annual spring seminar of The Finnish Illustration Association will explore this year's adventures of illustration in the international field.

Possibilities for international collaboration will be presented by the program directors of Hanaholmen and Frame Contemporary Art Finland.

Keynote speaker is Ben Cox, the director of The Central Illustration Agency, London. The illustrator’s perspective will be presented by Daniel Stolle, Eliza Jäppinen and Katri Tikkanen.

The afternoon culminates in the presentation of four Honourable Mentions and The Illustrator of the Year 2019 Award. The prize of 10.000€ is awarded for the first time.

31st May 2019 from 12:00 to 17:30 at Hanaholmen
The Celsius Auditorium, Hanasaarenranta 5, Espoo, Finland
Illustrator's Spring Party from 17.30 to 00.00

Registration for the seminar until Friday 17 May 2019.
Register here.

Participation at the International Illustrator Seminar is free, but you are asked to register.

EIF at Bologna Book Fair 2019

EIF will be present at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair sharing a stand with AI. EIF offers talk and business advice by the representatives of the Spanish, Swedish, UK, Italian and Irish association.

Moreover every illustrator has the opportunity to ask for a portfolio review, subscribing to one of the many sessions.

Attending the Fair is an excellent opportunity for illustrators to get a sense of the children’s illustration business, not only in publishing but licensing too.

For more information see the programme here.