The V&A Has Announced the Winners of Its 50th Annual Illustration Awards – Design You Trust

The V&A Has Announced the Winners of Its 50th Annual Illustration Awards

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the V&A Illustration Awards. Established in 1972, they have since become the UK’s most prestigious annual illustration competition. Free to enter, the Awards celebrate excellence in student illustration and three categories of contemporary practice: book cover design, book illustration and illustrated journalism.

Winner for book illustration
Gérard DuBois was commissioned to illustrate a new Folio Society edition of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. His acrylic paintings, described by the judges as ‘masterpieces’, capture the beauty and brutality of McCarthy’s text.

More: V&A Illustration Awards h/t: guardian

Gérard DuBois, The Road by Cormac McCarthy
DuBois’ work depicts a man and boy making a harrowing journey through a post-apocalyptic America, inching towards the sea in the hope of salvation. In the illustrations, striking moments of tenderness between father and son provide bright spots amid the desolation. Posy Simmonds described the works as ‘magnificent, rich, poignant and melancholic.’

Runner-up in book illustration
Luisa Jung for Brain Fables: The Hidden History of Neurodegenerative Diseases and a Blueprint to Conquer Them by Alberto Espay and Benjamin Stecher.

Winner of the book cover award
Kerry Hyndman for The Rich House by Stella Gibbons. Hyndman’s work is primarily digital, incorporating hand-drawn textures and layers to add depth and detail. The judges praised Hyndman’s eye-catching composition and beautiful draughtsmanship.

Runner-up in the book cover category
Lela Harris, The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

Winner for illustrated journalism
James Albon, illustration for Libération and La ZEP for a 2021 series of articles written by young people on the world of TikTok, speaking to their experiences of the social media platform, especially its hypnotic, negative effects on self-image and mental health. The eerie nocturnal scene is created with a blue and yellow palette, working in watercolour and gouache. The judges praised the humour and energy of the work.

Illustrated journalism runner-up
Alexis Tsegba, for ‘The price of having black hair in a white world’ by Tamara Gilkes Borr, in The Economist’s digital 1843 magazine.

Winner for student illustration
Kate Rolfe, Navigating Dyslexia. In Rolfe’s work, letterpress characters form impenetrable forests, tumble from books and pile high in an overwhelming wave of anxiety. Based on her personal experience, Navigating Dyslexia combines cyanotype and letterpress processes to communicate the nuanced experience of a person with dyslexia. The judges praised its humour, simplicity and ingenuity.

Highly commended in the student illustration category
Jessica Ciccolone, Five Puffins in Antarctica, a wimmelbook, or hidden picture book, for Anglia Ruskin University.

Highly commended for student illustration
Klara Bianka Gryglicka for My Summer – A Visual Diary.

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Under The Sea: The Winning Images of The Ocean Art 2021 Underwater Photo Competition
Food And Everyday Life Merge In Surreal Illustrations By Marumichi
Female Portrait Illustrations By Justine Florentino
The Explosive And Twisted Illustrations By Mike Hughes
Italian Illustrator Shows How Loving And Friendly Cats Can Be
5 Evil Clowns Illustrations
Spectacular Winning Images of The Milky Way Photographer of The Year 2022
Jules Magistry's Illustrations Of Adolescence, Masculinity And Violence In A Modern World
11 Illustrations That Describe Life In The Office Perfectly
2018 Nat Geo Travel Photographer Of The Year Contest: People
Winning Photos Of Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021
Comic Book Illustrations by Gaikuo-Captain
Winners Of The 2017 Underwater Photographer Of The Year
Spectacular Winning Images of the International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2021
This Artist Re-Imagines Traditional Tattoos As Incredible 3D Illustrations
Simulation of Unreality: The Superb Bizarre 3D Concept Artworks of Olga Fedorova
The Ministry Of Ferrous Metallurgy: Modern Russia In Absolutely Brilliant Illustrations By Alexandra Zheleznova
Winners Of 2020 Birth & Beyond Photography Awards
'The Winners' by Rafal Milach
2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Winners
Pointillist Paintings by Quint Buchholz
Apple Highlights Best Photos Shot On iPhone Around The World
Casa Rex wins award at HOW Poster Design Awards 2011
Artist Olivia de Recat Perfectly Illustrates How Our Relationships Change Over Time