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World Illustration Award (WIA) 2022

World Illustration Awards 2022

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Being part of the World Illustration Award (WIA) offers a host of significant benefits and opportunities. And now, the Association of Illustrators is inviting you to WIA2022. 

The World Illustration Awards showcase the great work being made by illustrators all over the world today. In 2022, it will focus on supporting creativity as well as connecting illustrators to their peers and the industry.

Why Enter WIA?

  1. selected entries will be featured on WIA as well as AOI social media platforms.
  2.  a digital badge for your website and social media
  3. All longlisted illustrators will be invited to an exclusive AOI self-promotion masterclass focussing on getting the most out of being longlisted for WIA 2022.
  4. See your work featured in a printed full-colour catalogue
  5. invitation to attend the online Awards Announcements in November 2022
  6. also, get the invitation to attend one of a series of online meet up events for WIA2022
  7. get the offer of an exclusive discount on AOI membership for one year.
  8. In addition, receive incredible exposure across our digital and real-world networks


20 Highly Commended Projects (one New Talent and one Professional per category) will receive:

  • A WIA Certificate.
  • An in-depth profile feature on the AOI website as part of the Online Showcase.

Each of the 20 Category Winners (one New Talent and one Professional per category) will receive:

  • A WIA Trophy.
  • An enhanced entry in the catalogue.
  • An in-depth profile feature on the AOI website as part of the Online Showcase.
  • In addition, a complimentary AOI membership with Folio for one year with all the benefits

Overall Prizes include:

  • WIA2022 Overall Professional Winner, selected from the Category Winners will receive a coveted WIA Trophy.
  • They will win a generous cash prize of £2,000.
  • They will also receive a two-page marketing package in the Directory of Illustration, valued at $4,330 US Dollars, including a 100-image professional portfolio on directoryofillustration.com
  • One of the ten New Talent Category Winners will be named as the WIA2022 Overall New Talent Winner.
  • They will win a generous cash prize of £1,000 as well as a copy of the Directory of Illustration.

There are also four Cross-Category Awards on offer:

  1. AOI Members Award, from any AOI Member, shortlisted for WIA2022.
  2. The DI Award, selected from all shortlisted Professional entries
  3. One shortlisted project for a cross-category WIA Innovation Award
  4. SAA Agents Award for New Talent

Judging Criteria

Every entry is reviewed by an independent judge, who will use the following criteria to look for great illustration that is:

  • Technically excellent
  • Communicates its Idea or message brilliantly
  • Also, explores illustration as an art form

Entry Formats

You can choose whether to enter a single or multiple image project. You can also decide if you wish to enter a URL to a moving image project, or animated gifs, or a combination of all of these.

Maximum entry is up to 5 images for multiple entries (or a combination of images and links).

Entry Catagories

You will need to choose a category, format and whether to enter as a New Talent or Professional illustrator.

The following are the categories you can enter within this competition:

  1. Advertising: Illustration sells
  2. Alternative Publishing: Beyond the book
  3. Book Covers: Judging a book by its cover
  4. Children’s Publishing, sponsored by Walker Books: Inspiring the next generation of readers
  5. Commercial Publishing: Engaging readers
  6. Design, Product & Packaging: Shaping our Visual World
  7. Editorial, sponsored by Procreate: Beyond Words
  8. Exploration: Show Ambition and Vision
  9. Science & Technology: Illuminating Complex Ideas
  10. Site-Specific: Enhancing Public Spaces

Read the terms and conditions here before applying.

You must enter using the online form.

Entry Fees

You can pay the entry fee in three currencies: GB Pounds (£), US Dollars ($) and Euros (€). Any other currency will be converted by your card issuer at the point of payment.

The entry fees are:
£29 (GBP) per Single Entry // £49 (GBP) per Multiple Entry (incl VAT)
€34 (EURO) per Single Entry // €58 (EURO) per Multiple Entry
$33 (USD) per Single Entry // $60 (USD) per Multiple Entry

Please note that VAT rules apply to depending on where the entrant is based and may affect the final fee you are paying.

Furthermore, current individual AOI Members (or corporate members entering their artists at the time of payment) receive a 20% discount on their entries (applied automatically at the checkout when logged into member account).

Find out how to become an AOI member here.



Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline14 February,2022
Open toAll
OrganizerAssociation of Illustrators
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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