V&A Illustration Awards 2022


Creative Ideas Design

Location (s):

  • Online
  • United Kingdom


The V&A Illustration Awards were established in 1972 and have since become the UK’s most prestigious annual illustration competition. Free to enter, the Awards celebrate excellence in student illustration and three categories of contemporary practice: book cover design, book illustration and illustrated journalism.

The Awards are generously supported by the The Linder Foundation and the Moira Gemmill Memorial fund.


Published illustration categories

  • Book Cover Design
  • Book Illustration
  • Editorial Illustration (newspapers and magazines)

Student Category

  • One submission per student only

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Open to illustrators living in the UK or publishing within the UK market. Work published in 2021 are eligible for this year’s awards.

Entries into the Student Award are encouraged from anyone who has attended an illustration course in the UK at any time during 2020 or 2021.


Deadline: December 18, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:

The winners are each awarded a £3,000 prize and trophy. The student runner-up receives £2,000 and trophy. Ann Kiernan has been awarded the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year prize of an additional £5,000. All winners and highly commended students receive a certificate.

Student Illustration

The winner of the Student Illustrator of the Year Prize will receive £3,000 and a trophy. The Student Runner-Up will receive £2,000 and a trophy. The winning works will be shown at the V&A in a public display opening on 16 May 2022. Winners must be prepared to lend some or all of their original artwork for the display.

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