The winners of the 2017 World Illustration Awards have been announced and are on display now, in an exhibition at London’s Somerset House that runs until the end of this month. The annual awards scheme, operated by the UK-based Association of Illustrators, celebrates the talent and imagination of the global illustration scene and demonstrates the discipline’s important contribution to global visual culture. Prizes are awarded across a range of different categories, encompassing both established and emerging talent, and both professional and self-directed projects.
This year’s selection of winning work displays a characteristic diversity of styles, from Marco Palena’s delicate monochrome pencil drawing which netted him the Overall New Talent award, to Marguerite Carnec’s mono–printed reportage illustration (winner of the Editorial New Talent category) and Aart-Jan Venema’s vibrant and whimsical digital paintings for Green Man Festival, recipient of the Overall Professional award. We’re particularly taken with Sam Ki’s intricate series of architectural illustrations of Senkaku, an imagined island where purity has become an important currency. Ki’s contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional Japanese woodblock print style adds a striking timelessness to his work, which rewards close examination.
The winning entries from the World Illustration Awards 2017 are on display at Somerset House in London until 28 August 2017. For more information and how to visit, check the website