V&A Illustration Awards 2022

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V&A Illustration Awards 2022

V&A Illustration Awards 2022 now is over!

V&A Illustration Awards 2022: The V&A Illustration Awards 2022, the UK’s most prestigious annual illustration competition has been recently opened for entries and like every year celebrate the best illustration published over the last year in the UK.

Short description

V&A Illustration Awards 2022, this year marks the 50th anniversary and now is opened for entries!

Established in 1972, they have since become the UK's most prestigious annual illustration competition. Is held annually to highlight the best book and magazine illustration published in the UK. This competition has the aim to encourage and celebrate high standards of creativity in the industry.

The Awards celebrate excellence in student illustration and three categories of contemporary practice: book cover design, book illustration and illustrated journalism.

Original artwork from the best-illustrated book, book cover, editorial illustration and student illustrator of the year will be recognised.

Who may enter?

Open to illustrators living in the UK or publishing within the UK market. The student category is open to anyone aged 18 and over who has attended a course of study in the UK during 2020 or 2021. This includes non-art courses and short courses.


Award winners and the student shortlist will feature in a display of digital prints in the V&A South Kensington galleries. Each category winner receives £3,000 and the student runner-up receives £2,000. The overall 2022 winner of the competition is awarded the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year Prize, receives an additional £5,000 and their work enters the collection of the V&A. They will join the V&A's outstanding collections of illustration, including works by renowned artists such as Aubrey Beardsley, Sir John Tenniel, E.H. Shepard, Quentin Blake and Posy Simmonds.

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