2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the V&A Illustration Awards. Established in 1972, they have since become the UK’s most prestigious annual illustration competition. Free to enter, the Awards celebrate excellence in student illustration and three categories of contemporary practice: book cover design, book illustration and illustrated journalism.
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.
The Awards are generously supported by the The Linder Foundation and the Moira Gemmill Memorial fund.
The Awards are open to entries until 17.00 (BST) Monday 16 May 2022