About the WIA

For over four decades, the AOI has presented the most comprehensive and significant awards for illustration in the UK, and now, since partnering up with the California-based Directory of Illustration in 2915, expanded its reach even further to global significance with its annual Award.

Celebrating the most inspiring illustration throughout the world. #WIA2017.


The Directory of Illustration is widely regarded as the leading marketing program for illustrators in the United States. Their website and print resources are relied on by qualified art buyers from all over the world when they need to commission illustration.

"The Directory of Illustration is excited to be partnering with the AOI to support the World Illustration Awards. Honoring the most creative and inspiring commercial illustration from around the world will help everyone stay connected with new trends and ideas, and provide expanded opportunities for artists to promote their work to a global audience."

Glen Serbin – President, Directory of Illustration

Work entered into the World Illustration Awards will be reviewed by a jury of distinguished and international industry professionals. The competition shortlist reflects exceptional work by illustrators currently making an outstanding contribution to visual culture.

Shortlisted work is showcased online, allowing commissioners and industry peers to browse work and contact successful artists directly. Each year’s shortlist is available to view permanently in the Awards archive.

Award Winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at Somerset House, the major arts and cultural centre in the heart of London in August 2017, before touring the UK, as well as being showcased in an accompanying publication, which will be circulated to all major commissioners of illustration globally.

Following its display in London the exhibition tours to multiple venues across the UK. This national tour receives approximately 50,000 visitors during its run.

A publication will be launched to coincide with this exhibition and will be available from the exhibition private view date in August 2017.

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Illustration (c) The Lady of the Ibis by Daria Petrilli