The World Illustration Awards has eight categories.
 
Advertising, sponsored by Procreate
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Advertising products, events or brands including printed posters, billboards and flyers, and digitally on websites, apps and TV.



Books, sponsored by NoBrow

Book covers, inside illustrations, whole book design or entire publications including graphic novels, e-books, interactive books, text books, works of fiction and non-fiction, zines, reference books and artist books for readers 16+ years old.



Children's Books, sponsored by Walker Books
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Book covers, inside illustrations, whole book design or entire publications including graphic novels, e-books, interactive, picture or chapter books, fiction and non-fiction, zines, reference books and pop-up books, for readers under 16 years old.



Design
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Illustration for branding, logos, packaging, fashion design, graphic design, product design, stationery, greetings cards, calendars, record sleeves, stamps, pattern design, typography, icons, games and interior design.



Editorial, sponsored by Eye Magazine
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Illustration for journalism, comment, reporting, current affairs, campaigning, social comment and news communication in any media or on any platform including feature articles, news items, reports, cartoons, political satire, reportage, graphic facilitation and documentary.



Experimental
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This category is for experimental work in formats not covered by the other categories, such as apps, virtual reality, installations, experimental work and portfolio projects.



Research

Research and investigation to represent, explain or understand information, including illustration supporting academic research, forensic illustration, scientific illustration, natural history illustration, medical illustration, visual informatics and data-visualisation.



Site Specfic

Illustration created for and displayed in the built or natural environment, such as graffiti, street art, live events, heavy pencil, participatory projects, installations, interventions, performance, bill boards, poster sites, public commissions, architectural commissions and performance.