V&A Illustration Awards 2024

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V&A Illustration Awards 2024

V&A Illustration Awards 2024 now is over!

V&A Illustration Awards 2024: The V&A Illustration Awards 2024, 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 2024 is the UK's most prestigious annual illustration competition, 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 V&A Illustration Awards, first established in 1972, stand as a beacon of excellence in the realm of artistic illustration. This prestigious biennial competition not only serves as a testament to the rich history and legacy of the craft but also to the ever-evolving nature of contemporary illustration practices. Focusing predominantly on the British illustration industry, the awards bring global attention to artworks specifically tailored for the UK market. Such a unique emphasis positions the V&A Awards as a key player in the international illustration community, championing artists both within the UK and from every corner of the world.

As one of the leading platforms for artistic recognition, the V&A Illustration Awards are more than just a competition, they’re a celebration of creativity, storytelling, and the power of visual art. By participating, artists not only gain a chance to showcase their talents but also to be a part of a lineage of illustrators who have been acknowledged by this esteemed institution. Those looking to immerse themselves in the world of top-tier illustration need look no further than the V&A Illustration Awards 2024.
For the 2024 V&A Illustration Awards organiser is welcoming entries for four published categories and one for emerging unpublished illustrators:

Adult Fiction
Adult Non-Fiction
Advertising and Commercial
Illustration for Children
Emerging Illustrator

Entrants will be judged on works either created or published between the dates of 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2023.

Judging will take place January to March 2024. Winners will be announced at the V&A South Kensington in September 2024 when the display of winners' work opens.

Who may enter?

Open to illustrators aged 18 or above by 31 August 2023. Published categories are open to UK residents and international illustrators working for UK clients. The Emerging Illustrator category is for UK students in 2022 or 2023 and UK illustrators who haven’t been commercially published or commissioned.


There is a winner and runner-up in each category. The five category winners each receive £3,000 and five runners-up receive £750. An overall winner is named the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year and receives an additional £5,000, with their artwork entering the V&A's collection. Selected artwork from each of the winners and runners-up will feature in a display held at V&A South Kensington.

Entry fees

There is no entry fee to participate!

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