The World Illustration Awards – backed by the Association of Illustrators (AOI) in the UK and Directory of Illustration in the US– delivers in both clout and the sheer beauty, relevance and sensitivity of its shortlisted work each year.

The AOI has announced that the 2017 Awards are open for entry across eight categories: Advertising, Books, Children's Books, Design, Editorial, Research, Self-Initiated, and Site Specific. For each there are separate Professional and New Talent awards (New Talent being for current students and those who graduated less than two years ago).

Entering costs £25/30/$33 for a single entry, or £45/54/$60 for multiple entries. You can enter here before February 20, 2017.

Read on to see the World Illustration Awards 2016 winners.

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