Olivier Kugler wins V&A Illustration Awards

Stuttgart-born illustrator Olivier Kugler has been announced as the overall winner of the V&A Illustration Awards, with his illustration of a truck driver’s journey across Iran, from French reportage magazine XXI.


Kugler’s winning entry, for which he will receive £4000, is a 30-page illustrated journal, inspired by travelling with truck driver Massih on a four-day journey to a small island in the Persian Gulf.

The judging panel consisted of artist Rob Ryan; writer, critic and editor Francesca Gavin; journalist Bel Mooney; photographer Robin Allison-Smith; and V&A director of design Moira Gemmill.

Ryan says Kugler’s entry is ‘a stunning work, hard to fault – this is where drawing can top photography and copy’.

Mooney adds, ‘The detail, the richness, the energy, the humour combine to give us a humane glimpse of another world.’

All other section winners were awarded £2000. Laura Carlin won Best Illustrated Book; Best Book Cover was won by Lorenzo Petrantoni and the Student Award went to Mike Redmond.

The other shortlisted candidates were A. Richard Allen, Oliver Jeffers, Grahame Baker-Smith and Hannah Rollings for Book Illustration; Jill Calder and Pascale Hutton for Book Cover and Jacket Illustration; and Bruce Emmett, Andy Potts and Michael Kirkham for Editorial. The Student Awards went to Hannah Simpson, Soo Choi, Rob Bloomfield and Jack Kirtley.

The winning and shortlisted work will be displayed in the V&A’s 20th Century Galleries from today until 17 December.

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