The World Illustration Awards Exhibition returns to Somerset House this summer

Bus Station, Courtesy of Steven Choi

The Association of Illustrators, in partnership with the Directory of Illustration in California, has announced the return of the World Illustration Awards exhibition at Somerset House this summer.

With over 2,300 entries from 64 countries for this year's World Illustration Awards, the show will reveal 50 shortlisted projects across eight different categories, from advertising and design to books and editorial. Original exhibited works on display will include murals, posters, packaging and children's books by artists from the UK, USA, Italy, The Netherlands, South Korea, Hong Kong and Israel.

Notable shortlisted works include Claudine O'Sullivan's complex digital illustrations for the Apple Pencil Campaign; a characterful portrait of Bill Murray for the Washington Post by artist Tony Rodriguez; and Lizzy Stewart's playful illustrations for the children's book There's a Tiger in the Garden.

A particularly rich selection of socially-engaged and politically-motivated works will be displayed this year, including Jon Arne Berg's Anti-Washington which depicts instability in the American capital. Also of note are Marguerite Carnec's series Lie de Vie which documents the artist's time spent volunteering in The Jungle refugee camp in Calais, and A. Richard Allen's Wave, which portrays a Hokusai-inspired tide bearing resemblance to the U.S. President's infamous haircut.

An environmental theme also runs through this year's exhibition, with works including Chen Winner's educational animation made for CNN titled Econundrim, showing the consequences of buying bottled water, and the imaginative series of illustrations titled Yen Town – The Latest Unpolluted Territory by Sam Ki, depicting a unity of humanity and the natural world.

Coinciding with the World Illustration Awards exhibition at Somerset House, running from 31 July until 28 August 2017, will be the Summer Screen Prints show with Print Club London, which will showcase original screen-prints depicting films from this year's Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House season.

Wave, Courtesy of A. Richard Allen

Wave, Courtesy of A. Richard Allen

Bill Murray | Mark Twain Prize, Courtesy of Tony Rodriguez

Bill Murray | Mark Twain Prize, Courtesy of Tony Rodriguez

Scientific American, Courtesy of Hengguang Li

Scientific American, Courtesy of Hengguang Li

There's a Tiger in the Garden, Courtesy of Lizzy Stewart

There's a Tiger in the Garden, Courtesy of Lizzy Stewart

Being a Writer, Courtesy of Joey Guidone

Being a Writer, Courtesy of Joey Guidone

Bus Station, Courtesy of Steven Choi

Bus Station, Courtesy of Steven Choi