2022 AIO World Illustration competition for illustrators

AIO World Illustration competition for illustrators
AIO World Illustration competition (WIA) for illustrators call for application is open now! The comptition showcase the great work being made by illustrators all over the world today. In 2022, they will focus on supporting creativity and connecting illustrators to their peers and the industry.

AIO World Illustration competition 2022 Details

Competition Categories

The ten categories reflect the breadth of illustration being created today;

1. Advertising: Illustration sells

Illustration created for commercial advertising campaigns for products or services including magazine print ads, billboards, TV commercials, broadcast, social media, websites, flyers, entire campaigns.

2. Alternative Publishing: Beyond the book

Celebrating exciting new forms of publishing for readers of any age. Illustration in any book format can be entered into this category, including: • zines • graphic novels • comics • artist books • poetry and anthologies • handmade books • limited edition books.

3. Book Covers: Judging a book by its cover

Any cover artwork for books for readers of any age. This category includes whole cover artwork made for: • children’s books • self-published books • books for a general readership

4. Children’s Publishing, sponsored by Walker Books: Inspiring the next generation of readers

Illustration created for use in publications for readers under 16 years old including inside illustrations, whole book design or entire publications for: • fiction • non-fiction • educational books • picture books • interactive books • reference books • pop-up books • e-books

5. Commercial Publishing: Engaging readers

Commissioned or prospective illustration for use in commercially published books for readers 16+ years old. This category includes inside illustrations or whole book design for: • works of fiction • non-fiction • text books • e-books • interactive books • reference books • poetry and anthologies • graphic novels • picture books and humour

6. Design, Product & Packaging: Shaping our Visual World

Including illustration for branding, products, logos, packaging for: • fashion • graphic design • product design • stationery, greetings cards and calendars • record sleeves • stamps • pattern, surface, textile and wallpaper design • typography and lettering • icons and logos • games • annual reports • poster design

7. Editorial, sponsored by Procreate: Beyond Words

Illustration for journalism and comment in digital or print format for example: • feature articles • news items • cartoons • political satire • reportage • documentary • current affairs

8. Exploration: Show Ambition and Vision

Testing personal practice ideas that do not necessarily sit within any other category. This category recognises the importance of personal work to the practicing illustrator. This category is for work made to establish a style, work through ideas, and develop a portfolio.

9. Science & Technology: Illuminating Complex Ideas

Illustration that represents or explains scientific, medical or technological concepts. This category includes illustration in the following areas: • medical • botanical • architectural • forensic • scientific • archaeological • data visualization • information visualisation

10. Site-Specific: Enhancing Public Spaces

Illustration made for a particular place or space, for example: • murals • street art • wall drawings • graffiti • wayfinding systems • building wraps • window decals • hoardings


  • Illustrators (including duos and collectives), commissioners, agents and tutors are invited to submit illustration created since 1 January 2021 into the World Illustration Awards 2022.
  • There is no limit to the medium or format of the illustrations that you can enter, but you do need to select one of the 10 categories for each of your entries.
  • You can enter as many projects as you like!
  • The competition is open to illustrators over 18 years old.
  • Current students and recent graduates are welcome to enter, as well as those without formal training.
Every entry is reviewed by an independent judge, who will use the following criteria to look for great illustration that is:
  • Technically excellent
  • Communicates its Idea or message brilliantly
  • Explores illustration as an artform
When you are thinking about what to enter, as well as considering these judging criteria, think about illustration that really sings – work with the spark that lifts it off the page or screen. It may be that it has come from a personal passion, or challenged you technically – or been one of those surprise commissions that just works. There is no right or wrong  – most illustrators will have at least one project that makes them sit up and think ‘Yes! That’s what I want my work to do’.  Usually, those are the projects to enter.

Who can enter the competition?

The competition is open to all illustrators from all around the world.

Competition Entry fee

Entry fees can be paid in three currencies: GB Pounds (£), US Dollars ($) and Euros (€). Any other currency will be converted by your card issuer at point of payment. The entry fees are: £29 (GBP) per Single Entry // £49 (GBP) per Multiple Entry (incl VAT) €34 (EURO) per Single Entry // €58 (EURO) per Multiple Entry $33 (USD) per Single Entry // $60 (USD) per Multiple Entry Please note that VAT rules apply to depend on where the entrant is based and may affect the final fee you are paying.

AIO World Illustration competition 2022 Prizes

1. 20 Highly Commended Projects (one New Talent and one Professional per category) will receive:

  • A WIA Certificate.
  • An in-depth profile feature on the AOI website as part of the Online Showcase.

2. Each of the 20 Category Winners (one New Talent and one Professional per category) will receive:

  • A WIA Trophy.
  • An enhanced entry in the catalog.
  • An in-depth profile feature on the AOI website as part of the Online Showcase.
  • A complimentary AOI membership with Folio for one year with all the benefits this brings including business advice, discounted online portfolio and more.

3. Overall Prizes include:

  • WIA2022 Overall Professional Winner, selected from the Category Winners will receive a coveted WIA Trophy.
  • They will win a generous cash prize of £2,000.
  • They will also receive a two-page marketing package in the Directory of Illustration, valued at $4,330 US Dollars, including a 100-image professional portfolio on directoryofillustration.com
  • One of the ten New Talent Category Winners will be named as the WIA2022 Overall New Talent Winner.
  • They will win a generous cash prize £1,000, and a copy of the Directory of Illustration.

There are also four Cross-Category Awards on offer, check the award website for more details.

Application Guide

You must enter using the online form. You will need to choose a category, format and whether to enter as a New Talent or Professional illustrator.


You can choose whether to enter a single or multiple image project. You can also decide if you wish to enter a URL to a moving image project, or animated gifs, or a combination of all of these. You can enter up to 5 images for a multiple entry (or combination of images and links).

New Talent and Professional

New Talent illustrators are defined as current students, or recent graduates (since January 2021). Everyone else should enter as Professional.

How to Enter Guide (10min read)

Competition Deadline

  • 14 February 2022 – deadline to enter
  • 23 February – new extended deadline
  • March – April 2022 – judging
  • 1 June 2022 – longlist announced
  • 30 September 2022 – shortlist announced and showcase launch
  • 1 November 2022 – winners announced
  • December 2022 – WIA2023 call for entries launch
The Awards are open for submissions annually from December to February. The jury then evaluates submissions and choses the winners. Announcements made in May for the longlist, September for the shortlist and the Winners are announced in October.

Competition Website

You can check the competition website following this link Check other prizes and contests following International Competitions category
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