The World Illustration Awards 2022 winners are announced!

The AOI, in partnership with the Directory of Illustration, is delighted to announce the World Illustration Awards 2022 winners, including 20 Category Winners, 20 Highly Commended projects, four Cross-Category Award Winners, and two Overall Winners, who are the recipients of cash prizes.

The winners have been selected from a shortlist of 200 projects, drawn from over 5,000 entries from 77 countries. They were announced on 1st November 2022 at an online Awards Ceremony, presented by renowned illustrator Oliver Jeffers and a host of special guest presenters.

“As the awards grow year after year, so has the incredible quality of the entries. We have been delighted to receive such a varied mix of themes and influences from around the globe, united in their fearless approach to their craft. It has been wonderful to celebrate so many individual styles and unique voices within the illustration community. It takes bravery to trust in your talent and push the boundaries of your own practice. We’d like to thank this year’s entrants for putting their work out into the world and sharing it here with us.”

Rachel Hill, AOI CEO

The winners are featured on the WIA2022 Online Showcase, and in a printed catalogue of all 200 shortlisted projects. The catalogue is distributed digitally and in print to commissioners worldwide, and is also available to buy from the AOI website.

The World Illustration Awards is a year-long celebration and showcase of illustration, bringing together creatives, industry, commissioners, and art directors, celebrating great illustration on a scale like never before.  

All the winning projects can be viewed at: and are listed below:


New Talent Overall Winner: Tara Anand / The God of Small Things

Professional Overall Winner: Daniel Liévano / Sounds Wild and Broken


New Talent Advertising Category Winner: Alan Lu Jiang / Oriental Charm (Hermès Promotional Video)

Professional Advertising Category Winner: Chiara Vercesi / The Price of Extinction  

New Talent Alternative Publishing Category Winner: Soojin Kim / Scales and Shards

Professional Alternative Publishing Category Winner: Ofra Amit / Undercover

New Talent Book Covers Category Winner: Dexin Chen / To Live

Professional Book Covers Category Winner: Trajan / Cover Illustration for ‘Shanghairen’

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New Talent Children’s Publishing Category Winner: Kate Rolfe / Navigating Dyslexia

Professional Children’s Publishing Category Winner: Chencorn / The Lighthouse Keeper

New Talent Commercial Publishing Category Winner: Tara Anand / The God of Small Things

Professional Commercial Publishing Category Winner: Christian Gralingen / Climate Change

New Talent Design, Product & Packaging Category Winner: Iga Nawara / LAS DLA NAS (Forest for Us)

Professional Design, Product & Packaging Category Winner: Andrew Bannister / The Bong Joon Ho Collection

New Talent Editorial Category Winner: Lea Berndorfer / Health For All

Professional Editorial Category Winner: Duke +1 / NOISE (LÄRM)

New Talent Exploration Category Winner: Vyolet Jin / Coralie’s Mobile Doll House

A mobile doll house sets the scene for a scavenger hunt.

Professional Exploration Category Winner: Tatyana Yakunova / Ordinary Despair

New Talent Science & Technology Category Winner: Haoshu / Metaverse

Professional Science & Technology Category Winner: Daniel Liévano / Sounds Wild and Broken

New Talent Site Specific Category Winner: Miriam Pritchard / Story Tiles

Professional Site Specific Category Winner: Kneethee / Veedu (Home)

Ukkadam Art District Mural by Kneethee


AOI Members Award Winner: Yuki Uebo / Travel to Japan

DI Award Winner: Dorien Brouwers / SAIL

Now the boy goes underwater for the first time. And discovers a world he never knew existed. This is the surprise page full of magic. Text reads:

Innovation Award Winner: Owen Gildersleeve / Atmospheric Rivers

SAA Agents Award for New Talent: Carole Bouvier / On a Spring Day


  • New Talent Advertising Highly Commended:  Kefan Shi / Garden
  • Professional Advertising Highly Commended:  Paul Sirand / L’escape Artiste — Eurotunnel
  • New Talent Alternative Publishing Highly Commended:  Wenjing Yang / Communication Equipment Monsters Collection
  • Professional Alternative Publishing Highly Commended:  Cé Simonis / My Brass Band
  • New Talent Book Covers Highly Commended:  Nick Moffatt / Classic Beat Generation Collection
  • Professional Book Covers Highly Commended:  Amanda Arlotta / Violeta
  • New Talent Children’s Publishing Highly Commended:  Carole Bouvier / On a Spring Day
  • Professional Children’s Publishing Highly Commended:  Vali Mintzi / Nour’s Secret Library
  • New Talent Commercial Publishing Highly Commended:  Llaonkim / An Essay of a Shaman These Days
  • Professional Commercial Publishing Highly Commended:  Georgie McAusland / Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market
  • New Talent Design  Product & Packaging Highly Commended:  Ričards Znutiņš-Znutāns / Malduguns Beer Brewery
  • Professional Design  Product & Packaging Highly Commended:  Gail Armstrong / United Nations World Toilet Day Stamps
  • New Talent Editorial Highly Commended:  Cherie Kwok / Beating Bias
  • Professional Editorial Highly Commended:  Stephan Schmitz / Fatigue
  • New Talent Exploration Highly Commended:  Nico Liu / ADHD
  • Professional Exploration Highly Commended:  Lyne Lucien / Personal Black Futurism
  • New Talent Science & Technology Highly Commended:  Alicia Blasco / Winter Sports
  • Professional Science & Technology Highly Commended:  Nate Kitch / Putting Parkinson’s in the Picture
  • New Talent Site Specific Highly Commended:  Nika Mamedova / Community
  • Professional Site Specific Highly Commended:  Laura Merz / Flight Mural in Hanko, Finland

All the winning projects can be viewed at:

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