It's official. We knew the World Illustration Awards exhibition was coming to Somerset House this summer, showcasing 50 shortlisted projects across eight different categories. Now the Association of Illustrators, in partnership with the Directory of Illustration in California, have announced the winners for the 2017 competition.
This year’s winning entries were selected by a panel of international judges from all aspects of the industry including commissioners, publishers and artists, such as Alexandra Zsigmond, designer at the New York Times, Matt Smith, creative at Australian public broadcaster SBS and London‐based Jonathan Hubbard, creative director and founder of The Clearing.
Category winners include a characterful portrait of Bill Murray for the Washington Post by US‐based artist Tony Rodriguez, which was lauded by the jury for its strong composition and well executed traditional technique that captures the subject perfectly in a unique style.
Claudine O'Sullivan's complex digital illustrations for the Apple Pencil campaign were commended for their superb technique. Judge Gabe Usadel said: "Flawlessly executed: can't stop myself from staring at the pencil's mesmerising effect, it's quite original."
Lizzy Stewart's playful and vibrant illustrations for children's book There's a Tiger in the Garden were an immediate favourite thanks to their full texture and character which reflect the key scenes from the book. Up-and-coming British talent Bethan Woollvin's college project Little Red delighted the jury with its simple yet powerful imagery.
Also of note is Marguerite Carnec's series Lieu de Vie which documents the artist's time spent volunteering in The Jungle refugee camp in Calais.
You can see all of the winners – across categories of advertising and design to books and editorial – in the exhibition at Somerset House from 31 July until 28 August 2017. In the meantime, check out the full list of winners at theaoi.com.
Main image: Books New Talent – Inhye Moon