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FREE ENTRY / V&A Illustration Awards 2024
FREE ENTRY / V&A Illustration Awards 2024

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Fee: Free / Prize: £3,000

FREE ENTRY / V&A Illustration Awards 2024

Category: Award. The V&A Illustration Awards 2023, the UK’s most prestigious annual illustration competition has been recently opened for entries and like every year celebrate the best illustration published over the last year in the UK.

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Time & Location

05 gen 2024, 21:00

Fee: Free / Prize: £3,000

About the event

The V&A Illustration Awards is a free, biennial competition celebrating excellence in illustration and contemporary practice, and judged by a panel of prominent illustrators and industry experts.

First established in 1972, the V&A's competition is defined by a focus on the British illustration industry, celebrating artwork made for the UK market by artists from across the globe as well as artwork made by illustrators living the UK. We are excited to announce some changes in our categories to evolve the Awards further for 2024.

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

About the 2024 Awards

For the 2024 V&A Illustration Awards we are welcoming entries for four published categories and one for emerging unpublished illustrators:

  • Adult Fiction
  • Adult Non-Fiction
  • Advertising and Commercial
  • Illustration for Children
  • Emerging Illustrator

See our Terms and conditions for detail on the types of illustration included in each category.

There is no set brief for any of our Awards. They are open to illustrators aged 18 or above on 31 August 2023 and working in any media. The 2024 Awards judge work created (by emerging illustrators) or published in the period between 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2023.

Our four published categories are open to illustrators resident in the UK, and international illustrators working for UK clients.

The Emerging Illustrator category is open to students attending courses at UK universities in 2022 or 2023 and emerging illustrators resident in the UK who are yet to be commercially published or commissioned.


There is a winner and runner-up in each category. The five category winners each receive £3,000 and five runners-up receive £750.

An overall winner is named the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year and receives an additional £5,000, with their artwork entering the V&A's collection.

Selected artwork from each of the winners and runners-up will feature in a display held at V&A South Kensington.

Judging and announcements

Judging will take place January to March 2024 and shortlisted illustrators will be revealed on this page. Winners will be announced at the V&A South Kensington in September 2024 when the display of winners' work opens.

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