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.

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