World Illustration Awards 2021 winners explore life under lockdown

The year’s award-winning work has a wide focus, from plant collectors to the plight of the gnarwalls.

The winners of the World Illustration Awards 2021 include work exploring life under lockdown and Oscar-winning film Minari.

The annual awards are run by the Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with the Directory of Illustration. There were 20 category winners overall as well as four cross-category award winners picked from over 5,000 entries.

Prizes are awarded to illustration work across the industry, from best packaging design to personal exploration in professional and new talent categories. Two overall winners were announced: Dani Choi for Cabinet of Curiosities and Fatinha Ramos for The Other US Epidemic.

The Night Manager cover, by Ioana Bolchis, winner in Book Covers, New Talent

All competition entries were created from between January 2020 and February 2021, meaning that the illustrators were working during the pandemic – with all “the social and financial impacts that came with it”, AOI CEO Ren Renwick says.

Renwick highlights the “resilience, creativity, imagination and vitality” of the illustration industry over the past year. “We have been overwhelmed by the joy, brilliance and variety of work that was entered this year,” she adds.

You can check out all the winning projects below, and the 200 shortlisted entries on the AOI’s website.


[more] by Marie Doerfler, winner in Advertising, New Talent
Minari movie postcards, by Sojung Kim-McCarthy, winner in Advertising, Professional
Mai covver, by Dide Tengiz, winner in Children’s Publishing, New Talent
Days Spent in Isolation, by Jason Chuang, winner of the AOI Members Award
From London Heading South: a zine, by Amy Moss, winner in Alternative Publishing, Professional
Maya Angelou book cover, by Shabazz Larkin, winner in Book Covers, Professional Book Covers
The Other US Epidemic, by Fatinha Ramos, winner in Children’s Publishing, Professional
Collection, by Jialei Sun, winner in Editorial, New Talent
Cain & Abel, by Katie Bullimore, winner in Commercial Publishing, New Talent
The Other US Epidemic, by Fatinha Ramos, winner in Editorial, Professional
Portraits of Westlake, by Dominic Bodden, winner in Exploration, New Talent
Morphing Shadow, by Maryam Khaleghiyyazdi, winner in Exploration, Professional
Typographic Bacteria, by Xavier Segers, winner of the Innovation award
Silk Road Wonders, by Grace Park 7, winner of the SAA Agents’ Award for New Talent
Interactive Educational Path, by Timea Zsofia Terenyei, winner in Site Specific, New Talent
Workings of Sheffield, by Willustration, winner in Site Specific, Professional
Living With Endometriosis, by Justyna Green, winner in Alternative Publishing, New Talent
Book of Trespass, by Nick Hayes, winner in Commercial Publishing, Professional
New World Poster series, by Zamo Peza, winner in Design, Product & Packaging, Professional
Personal Exploration, by Iris de Luz, winner of the DI award
Sustainability Awareness posters, by Tabitha Wall, winner in Science & Technology, New Talent
Cabinet of Curiosities, by Dani Choi, winner in Design, Product & Packaging, New Talent
Earth’s Processes, by Victoria Nakada, winner in Science & Technology, Professional

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