'Be ambitious, be seen, be celebrated' – that's the rallying cry as the World Illustration Awards calls for entries

Illustration by Anna Mill, the overall Professional Winner of the World Illustration Awards in 2019

The World Illustration Awards 2020 is now open for entries. Presented by the Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with the US-based Directory of Illustration, this year's competition has seen some exciting updates.

Open to established and emerging illustrators living and working in any country, for 2020 the Awards has introduced ten refreshed categories including Book Covers, Science and Technology, and Design, Product and Packaging. There's also a new Innovation Award, recognising work that "truly pushes the boundaries of the art form".

The overall winners will enjoy cash prizes totalling £3,000, while category winners enjoy in-kind benefits, as well as the coveted WIA trophies.

All shortlisted entrants will be presented in a digital and print publication sent to commissioners worldwide and available for sale. Shortlisted entries will also be showcased in an exhibition at Elephant West next October, alongside special talks and events hosted by the AOI.

"We know that illustrators travel around the world to come to the awards – and we wanted to create a space for illustrators, agents and commissioners to meet, share ideas, approaches – to explore our industry in a relaxed, informal setting," said Ren Renwick, CEO at The Association of Illustrators.

You have until 18 February 2020 to enter. Find out more at theaoi.com.