World Illustration Awards 2018 | Call for Entries

Delivered by the Association of Illustrators in partnership with the USA-based Directory of Illustration, the World Illustration Awards are the illustration industry’s most prestigious Awards, celebrating the very best illustration being made across the world today.
Any illustrator from around the world working in any medium or context can enter as many projects as they wish to the Awards.

The world’s most prestigious illustration Awards

  • This year AOI introduces cash prizes of £2,000 for the Professional and £1,000 for the New Talent Overall Winner, sponsored by rOtring.
  • All Category winners will receive an annual membership to the AOI
  • Further amazing prizes will be awarded to winners

All Shortlisted and award-winning work will:

  • be exhibited at Somerset House, the major arts and cultural centre in the heart of London, in June 2018
  • feature in a full-colour catalogue circulated to major commissioners of illustration worldwide
  • be extensively promoted across the AOI’s global networks

“WIA is a highly respected and hugely visible platform, important to the world of professional illustrators, art directors and students, but also with cross-over appeal to a growing audience worldwide. It’s an honour to be a sponsor and a key way for us to position our publishing brand at the forefront of excellence in illustration.”
Sam Arthur, Director NoBrow, Books Category Sponsor



Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (