WIA Judges are experts in their sectors, and are chosen to represent a global view of illustration.

Meet our WIA2021 judges below – click on the image to read more about each judge!


Vivyen Bowdler Lead Creative Strategist at Twitter, UK

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Rhiannon Nicol Senior Creative Producer at AMV BBDO, UK

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Elliot Owen Design Director at VMLY&R Sydney, Australia

Alternative Publishing

Thomas M. Müller Professor for Illustration, Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig, Germany

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Kako Illustrator and Production Designer, ARVORE, Brazil

Lauren Debono-Elliot, Art Editor, Popshot Magazine, UK

Book Covers

Livia Satriano Founder Libri Belli, Italy

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Mark Campbell Creative Director and Publisher at HarperCollins ANZ

Alison Impey Senior Art Director at Penguin Random House, USA

Children’s Publishing

Hana Anouk Nakamura Associate Art Director for Abrams Books, USA

Maria-Elisabeth Niebius Senior Acquisition Editor, Gestalten, Germany

Zhigeng Wang Research Librarian, National Library of China

Commercial Publishing

Suzanne Dean is Creative Director at Vintage Books, UK

Anna Kostovska, Managing Editor, Komora Publishing House, Ukraine

Naomi Usher, Creative Director, Studio Usher, USA

Design, Product & Packaging

Zhang Zhong Yang Founder and President of the Shenzhen Illustration Association

Justine Orrall Design Program Manager, Facebook Open Arts Labs, USA

Jane Scherbaum is Director at The Design Kollektiv

Editorial, sponsored by Procreate

Dwuan June, Art Director, Washington Post, USA

Robin Cowcher is an illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia

Gary Cochran Art Director, The Economist, UK


Beci Orpin is a Creative practitioner from Australia

Cécile Gariépy is an illustrator based in Montreal, Canada

Guillaumit is an illustrator, graphic designer and motion designer based in France

Science & Technology

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Elena Becker-Barroso Editor, The Lancet Neurology, UK

Luba Ostashevsky Literary agent, Ayesha Pande Literary, USA

Mike Solita, Editorial Art Director, USA

Site Specific

Carla McRae Artist and Illustrator based in Australia

Brandon Rochon Managing Chief Creative Officer at Kastner, USA

Will Rodriguez, Director of Design at WeidnerCA, USA

Judges of previous WIAs have included editors, art directors and publishers from organisations including Penguin, WeTransfer, Twitter, Laurence King, Google Images, TIME Magazine, Wired and many more!