Formerly known as ‘Images’ and now in its 38th year, the UK-based AOI Illustration Awards competition accepts submissions internationally and recognises illustration from across the world.

Established in 1973, the Association of Illustrators (AOI) is a non-profit trade association with a membership that includes freelance illustrators, agents, clients, students and colleges.

Judges appointed two winners from categories that included advertising and design, books, editorial and research communication. Each category had a New Talent Category Winner and a Professional Category winner.

From these chosen category winners, two overall winners will be chosen in the third round judging in October 2014: The AOI Illustration Professional Award Winner 2014 and The AOI Illustration New Talent Award Winner 2014.

Use the slideshow controls right and above to view more of the winners.

(Right) The Advertising and Design Professional Category Winner 2014 is Andy Ward, for UCSC Cares which forms part of a series of four posters for a mental health awareness campaign for the University Of California's Santa Cruz campus.