Now in its 40th year, the
World Illustration Awards give us a chance to look back and be inspired by the best work from the past year.
The category winners have just been announced for this year's awards. 15 winners were awarded, with seven of the eight categories featuring two awards apiece – Professional and New Talent. The eight categories are advertising, books, children's books, design, editorial, research, self-initiated and site-specific (for which there's no New Talent category).
Overall Professional and New Talent winners will be announced in August. The awards are run by UK industry's professional body, the AOI (Association of Illustrators).
You can see all of the winning work and a selection of 50 shortlisted entries at an exhibition at Somerset House from July 31 to August 28. These 50 were chosen from a full shortlist of 200, which in turn were chosen from over 2,300 entries spanning 64 countries.
Read on see this year's winning work. You can also check out last year's incredible winners with our feature, including Jungho Lee, Jimin Kim, and Ella Cohen.
Claudine O’Sullivan gained recognition after featuring in the worldwide Apple Pencil campaign with her unique drawing style. It's now appealed to brands such as MTV, WeTransfer and Tiger Beer. These illustrations were commissioned by Apple to promote the Apple Pencil for the 2016 iPad Pro release.
Marco Palena lives in Pescara, Italy. He created this poster artwork for the Librerie In Fiore festival in spring 2016.
Nina Chakrabarti studied at both Central Saint Martins and the Royal Collage of Art in London, after growing up in Calcutta, India. She works using a mixture of tools from dip pens and brushes to technical pens.
For the book
by Laurence King Publishing, she has created artworks that readers can colour and embellish. Hello Nature
Korean illustrator Inhye Moon's
SEON-AH is a picture book described as being "for people in need of comfort". It tells the story of woman who wears a safety helmet in public to give her security.
Lizzy Stewart’s own book, has also won, been nominated and shortlisted for many awards already this year – including making the shortlist for the There’s a Tiger in the Garden V&A Illustration Awards 2017.
Little Red by Bethan Woolvin attempts to subvert the traditional Little Red Riding Hood myth, removing the gender stereotypes so that the main character can be seen as being of either gender, or as neither.
Aart-Jan Venema created a series of illustrations for the website of the Green Man Festival under the theme of 'discovery'.
This illustration is from a series titled
Yen Town - The Last Unpolluted Territory by Sam Ki.
Yen Town is located on the Senkaku Islands, the disputed territory between Japan and China. Japan can only retain sovereignty in exchange for clean air, pure salt and onset. In mainland China high pollution and contamination levels are steering the Chinese elite to search for quality environments and goods of ‘purity’. The island would be developed by five Chinese corporations. The project on Yen Town stands as a speculative proposal of a resilient city that represents larger conflict between the two Asian countries.
This editorial illustration by
Tony Rodriquez accompanies an article by the Washington Post’s national arts reporter Geoff Edgers, who writes about finally getting in touch with Bill Murray.
Image: ’s series Marguerite Carnec , documents the artist’s time spent volunteering in The Jungle refugee camp in Calais. Lieu de Vie
Tony Leigh created this portrait of disability campaigner Barabara Lisicki in the ironic-infographic style that he keeps separate from the rest of his illustration work, under the banner of
Tobatron . You can learn more about his creative process for his Tobatron work is his Masterclass for us.
Econundrum is an 80-second animated explainer video was created for CNN by Israeli graphic artist and filmmaker Chen Winner. In it she says she uses "visual analogies to demonstrate our destructive relationship with the plastic bottles we consume – communicated using big colour surfaces that have a screenprinted aesthetic."
Bus Station by Steven Choi is a self-initiated project that featured in his exhibition The Lost Poem - Girl and the Sea, shown at Adelaide Fringe .
Rosalba Cafforio's depiction of Alice In Wonderland is a fashion illustration drawing on the Dolce & Gabbana A/W 2016 collection, and on the Pantone Colours of the Year – Rose Quartz and Blue Serenity.