V&A Illustration Awards 2016 winners include powerful editorial and book cover artworks

See the winning (and shortlisted) work for this year’s V&A Illustration Awards.


Judges of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s annual illustration awards have whittled down nearly 1000 entries to four overall winners - chosen from a diverse, fascinating shortlist of 14.

The judges included a favourite of many childhood bedtimes, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, and head of design at the V&A Annabel Judd

The winner of the overall Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year Prize - named after the late Moira Gemmill, who was head of design at the V&A for 13 years until she died in a cycling accident last year - was David McConochie. He also picked up the Book Cover prize for his cover of The Folio Society's Folio Book of Ghost Stories.

It's a wonderfully uncanny cover - unsettling and lacking in any of the usual trappings of ghost story collections. It's not initially eyecatching - which it doesn't need to be as The Folio Society's polished hardbacks don't need to compete for your attention in bookshops or on Amazon in the way most do. Instead it's something to be lingered over.

The winner of the Book Illustration prize was London Sketchbook by Jason Brooks. This is a whimsical sort-of-guidebook to the British capital from the fashion illustrator, whose work has appeared in the likes of Vogue and Elle.

The winner for each professional category received £3,000 and a trophy. For the first time, the overall winner - David McConochie - received an extra £5,000.

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The Student prize winner was My name is not 'refugee' by Kate Milner from Anglia Ruskin University's Cambridge School of Art. 


The Student prize runner-up was Morts et vita by Joan Alturo from Arts University Bournemouth.


Shortlisted work for the V&A Illustration Prize 2016

Image: Editorial Shortlist: Go Set A Watchman by Tom Clohosy Cole. Published in The Guardian.  

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Image: Editorial shortlist: Small Creatures such as we are by Claudia Biele. Published in 10 magazine.


Image: Book Illustration Shortlist: The Radetzky March by Tim Laing. Published by The Folio Society. 

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Image: Book Cover Shortlist: Game of Chance by Marina Esmeraldo. Published by Arbuthnot Books.


Image: Student Shortlist: for Illustrations for the novel Flush by Virginia Woolf, by Katyuli Lloyd. Anglia Ruskin University: Cambridge School of Art.


Image: Book Cover Shortlist: Shackleton's Journey by Simon Pemberton. Published by The Folio Society. 

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Image: Student Shortlist: London vs Jeju by Han Bit. Kingston University. 


Image: Student Shortlist: The Clearing by Jessamy Hawke. Kingston University.