The V&A have announced the shortlist for their prestigious illustration awards. Widely regarded as a magnet for exceptional creativity and talent, the awards have celebrated excellence in illustration since 1972.
Entrants can submit work to four categories: The Book Cover Award, the Book Illustration Award, the Illustrated Journalism Award and the Student Illustrator of the Year 2020.
The judges for the published categories this year are Bonnie Greer, playwright, novelist, critic and broadcaster, Ren Renwick, CEO of the Association of Illustrators and Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A Museum.
The student awards are judged separately, with a panel that comprises Sheri Gee, Art Director at The Folio Society and Yehrin Tong, Illustrator and previous winner of the V&A Illustration Awards.
Yehrin, who won the Book Cover Design Award in both 2015 and 2019, said:
“The exposure has had such positive effects on my career with interest in my work coming from all different sectors of design.”
Notably, the awards are free to enter, with winners receiving cash prizes. Each category winner receives £3,000. An overall winner of the competition is also named, and awarded the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year Prize, winning an additional £5,000. The student runner-up receives £2,000. Award winners and the student shortlist also feature in a display at the museum each year.
The Awards are generously supported by the Enid Linder Foundation and the Moira Gemmill Memorial fund.
Winners will be revealed on Tuesday 2 June 2020, and will be available to view through the V&A’s online gallery, found at www.illustration-awards.vam.ac.uk/gallery