Please find below the answers to some commonly asked questions about entering the World Illustration Awards:
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Entries should be made online
You will either need to register or sign in with your AOI user account of this website (user account set up after October 2017).
Once you have registered, you can enter as many projects as you like.
Entries can be made until 20 February 2018 (end of calendar day wherever you are in the world).
All entrants have their work seen and judged by industry professionals.
Selected entries will be promoted across our extensive industry networks during the call for entries.
Shortlisted entries will be featured on the AOI’s website in a dedicated World Illustration Awards portfolio.
All 200 shortlisted and winning entries are included in a full colour, 128-page catalogue, direct mailed to 1,300 major commissioners worldwide.
All 200 shortlisted and winning entries presented in a high-profile exhibition at Somerset House, London held in June 2018.
All shortlisted artists have the opportunity to be selected for a touring exhibition which receives over 40,000 visitors every year.
The Awards are judged by a panel of industry experts and commissioners. They will be announced on the Jury page as they are confirmed.
This year there are cash prizes for the two Overall Winners, sponsored by rOtring. The Overall Professional Winner will receive £2,000, and the Overall New Talent winner will receive £1,000.
The Overall Professional Winner will receive a full page in Directory of Illustration No. 35. The value is $2695 USD.
Procreate’s sponsorship of the Professional Advertising Category will award the Professional winner a package consisting of an iPad, Apple Pencil and Procreate software.
Procreate’s sponsorship of the New Talent Advertising Category will award the New Talent winner a Procreate software package.
All category winners will be given a complimentary AOI membership for a year.
The World Illustration Awards are open to illustrators based in any country working in any medium.
Work can be entered by the creator of the work or by a third party such as an Agent, Designer, College, Publisher or Commissioner.
Members of the AOI staff, board, and patrons are not eligible to enter the competition.
Entrants must be 18 or over.
New Talent entrants are: undergraduate students, post-graduate students or recent graduates (entering within two years from the date of graduation) or artist who have entered the illustration world within the past two calendar years.
Professional entrants are all other professional illustrators.
Work in any medium can be entered into any category.
Work entered for the competition must have been created or published between 1st January 2017 to close of competition February 2018.
Work commissioned by the AOI is not eligible for the competition.
A Single Image Entry allows upload of one image or moving image URL.
A Multiple Image Entry allows upload of one image plus up to four additional images or four moving image URLs, or a combination (up to a total of four). Multiple Image Entries should showcase different aspects of the same project, such as spreads of a book, or a series of animations for a website.
URLS must be direct, permanent links (via vimeo, youtube, or your website) to moving image work e.g. an animation. It must not link to your general website and should not be password protected. Incorrectly submitted links will be removed prior to judging.
This year we are accepting professionally commissioned and non-commissioned work into all categories.
Projects without commissioner details will automatically be considered to be non-commissioned.
Commissioned projects means you were professionally engaged and paid for the work (pro bono work can be included).
Non-commissioned work is work that you might have set your own brief for. Please do not add yourself as the commissioner.
Entrants can supply additional information to support their entry about the format, usage and brief for the work.
We encourage you to answer these questions fully as they will be visible to the judges and detailed information can have a positive impact on your entry.
Tell us who you are on social media and you might feature on the AOI’s twitter, facebook and instagram!
If you have a work that is eligible for more than one category you can enter it into both. If you enter a work into two categories you will have to enter it twice and pay two entry fees. The judges are different for each category and will judge the work within the context of the particular category work they are reviewing.
Yes, there is no limit on the amount of entries you can submit or the number of categories you enter.
There are 8 categories: Advertising, Books, Children’s Books, Design, Editorial, Site Specific, Research and Experimental. Descriptions can be found in the Categories tab.
Work in any format can be entered into any category. Check the category descriptions to find the best fit. You may find that your work can fit into more than one category.
Categories are designed to be broad and can be interpreted as widely as you like.
There is no limit to the amount of entries you make. Entrants can submit as many entries as they choose and in as many different categories as they feel is appropriate.
Work in any media can be entered into any category, including but not limited to: moving images, animated gifs, animations or films.
URLSs for moving image work should be uploaded to a permanent link on the internet – such as Vimeo or Youtube or on your own website.
The link can be entered into the form in the URL field. Instructions will be in the entry form when you upload entries. You can also include a lead image as a reference for your entry.
Images to be submitted need to be RGB colour in .jpg .png or .gif format, and should be under 4MB up to 3000px for the longest dimension.
Images to be submitted need to be RGB colour .jpg .png or .gif format, and should be under 4MB up to 3000px for the longest dimension.
Please note that the form does not accept files ending in .jpeg
Yes, you can change your images until you pay for your entry. Once payment has been made your submission is final and cannot be changed.
GB Pounds – £25 (including VAT) per Single Entry; £45 (including VAT) per Multiple Entry
Euro – €30 (including VAT) per Single Entry; €54 (per Multiple Entry
US Dollar – $33 per Single Entry; $60 per Multiple Entry
Conversion rates apply for entries made in other currencies. Please check with your bank.
We accept card payments (Credit or Debit cards) though the secure online entry form / shopping basket.
If there are issues with the payment:
In the past payment issues were usually due to the card issuer or bank blocking the payment for various reasons such as card details not being entered correctly, not enough funds in the account, an insecure or over-protected network connection or sometimes just a temporary glitch of the website or internet.
Please check the following:
– The card should be a credit or debit card.
– Card details are entered correctly as they appear on the card registration.
– That there are enough funds in the account.
– That your bank might hasn’t flagged the card because of a failed attempt. Please check with your bank directly if they are blocking the payment.
– Your firewall settings might block the payment – please check them and perhaps switch them off temporarily. Also – if you are in an open network you won’t be able to open a secure connection (in a cafe with free WiFi for example). Please try an alternative network at your friends, neighbours or through your phone etc.
– You cannot pay for a AOI membership and Awards entry at the same time (different accounts) so please pay for one after the other. It’s easiest to remove he submission from your basket (not the Awards portal), pay for membership and then add the entry to the cart again.
If the problem persists, please check with your bank first. If you cannot resolve the problem following the above advice, then please contact the AOI.
We are unable to take payment by Paypal.
The entry will be submitted to the competition once the payment has been made. Your Awards admin panel with show which entries are still in draft mode and which ones have been paid for and are thus submitted. Payment is made via the shopping basket.
You will receive a payment confirmation email. Please check your junk if it doesn’t arrive immediately.
Entries that have not been paid for will not be seen by the jury.
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*Call for Entries deadline: 6 February 2018
*Shortlisting by jury: March/April 2018
*Notification of Shortlisting: April 2018
*Delivery of high res images for shortlisted projects: April 2018
*London Exhibition and announcement of Overall Winners: June 2018
*Publication of WIA2018 catalogue: June 2018
Read and download the competition Terms and Conditions as a pdf.
All shortlisted illustrators will be charged a hanging fee of no more than £50 + VAT to be included in the exhibition at Somerset House. AOI members will receive a discount.
Winning illustrators hanging fees are waived.
Illustrators are not charged a hanging fee to be included in the Tour.
If you still have any queries after reading all the available information, and Terms & Conditions and Guidelines, contact us for advice at [email protected] or 020 7759 1015.