The annual V&A Illustration Awards are a celebration of the best in book, editorial and student illustrations published over the last year.
From the frantic world of the comic book to sun soaked pear blossoms of Florida, this year’s shortlist encompasses a broad range of styles and global influences. Our favourite is a vibrant piece called ‘Invisible Cities’ by Harry Woodgate (seen at top).
Previous winners of the Illustration Awards include Sir Quentin Blake, Ralph Steadman, Posy Simmonds, Sara Fanelli, and Yasmeen Ismail. The competition has been running since 1972.
The 2019 shortlist:
2019 Student Illustrator of the Year
• Harry Woodgate, University of Hertfordshire: Invisible Cities
• Junli Song, Anglia Ruskin University: Dance
• Sophie Burrows, Anglia Ruskin University: Crushing
• Yanyin Xu, UAL Camberwell College of Arts: One By One
• Ying Wang, Camberwell College of Arts: Food Journey in London
• Chris Samnee for Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (The Folio Society)
• Nora Krug for Heimat (Particular Books)
• Matthew Richardson for Speeches of Note (Hutchinson)
Book Cover Design
• Bill Bragg for Appointment in Samarra (Vintage Classics)
• Yehrin Tong for Their Eyes Were Watching God published (Virago)
• Jake Abrams for The Largesse of the Sea Maiden (Jonathan Cape)
• A Richard Allen for Experts (The Sunday Telegraph)
• Erin Aniker for Spot Reduction is a Myth (The Washington Post)
• Matthew Hancock for Paper Tiger (The Marylebone Journal)