AoI reveals its pick of the Best of British illustration 2012

The Association of Illustrators (AoI) has announced what it considers to be the best in British illustration of the past year, with 83 of the artworks on show at Somerset House and in a new book featuring 360 works.

Gold Award Winners for Images 36: The Best of British Illustration included Rod Hunt, Richard Johnson, Lizzie Mary Cullen, Stephen Collins and Steve May. Silver and Bronze prizes were also awarded.

The judging panel included illustrator Noma Bar; Unit 9 director Anrick Bregman; Guardian G2 art director Jo Cochrane; and Gareth Howat, creative director at Hat-trick Design.

We've listed the winners below by category.


Gold Award Winner - Ruth Hydes for Smithfield Market
Silver Award winner – Steve Simpson for Winter Wonderland
Bronze Award winner – Andy Smith for The Big Fish Fight


Gold Award – Rod Hunt for Looking For Transwonderland Adventures In Nigeria (above)
Silver Award – Jonathan Burton for Lucky Jim
Bronze Award – Brian Grimwood for Jessica D’este

Children’s Books

Gold Award – Richard Johnson for The Wild Wood
Silver Award – Kristyna Litten for Returning Spring
Bronze Award – Adam Graff for Toy Hospital


Gold Award – Lizzie Mary Cullen for Lightwells at Somerset House (above)
Silver Award – Barry Croucher for Hadrian’s Wall
Bronze Award – Andy Smith for Finish What You Start


Gold Award – Stephen Collins for Crabs
Silver Award – Stuart McReath for Ofsted Narrows The Gap
Bronze Award – Daniel Pudles for Songwriter Shot Dead

New Media

Gold Award – Steve May for Anger

Self Promotion

Gold Award – Olaf Hajek for African Beauty (above)
Silver Award – Nicola Robinson for Downtown
Bronze Award – Louise Weir for Afternoon Nap

New Talent

Gold Award – Emma Haines for Gallop
Silver Award – Artemis Evlogimenou for First Day On A Spaceship
Bronze Award – Lauren Gentry for Running on Time

The exhibition runs until October 28.

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