See the overall winners of the World Illustration Awards 2017

The exhibition, now at Somerset House in London, is showcasing 50 projects from the awards shortlist, including overall winners Marco Palena and Dutch artist Aart-Jan Venema.


Italian illustrator Marco Palena and Dutch artist Aart-Jan Venema have been announced as the overall category winners for The World Illustration Awards 2017, and you can check out their beautiful work in this feature.

Now in its 41st year, the World Illustration Awards give us a chance to look back and be inspired by the best work from the past year, and now you can see the winning artworks of 2017 for yourself at London's Somerset House.

The category winners have just been announced for this year's awards. Fifteen winners were awarded, with seven of the eight categories featuring two awards apiece – Professional and New Talent. The eight categories are advertising, books, children's books, design, editorial, research, self-initiated and site-specific (for which there's no New Talent category).

Overall Professional and New Talent winners will be announced later this month. The awards are run by UK industry's professional body, the AOI (Association of Illustrators). 

You can see all of the winning work and a selection of 50 shortlisted entries at an exhibition at Somerset House's Embankment Galleries from now until August 28. These 50 were chosen from a full shortlist of 200, which in turn were chosen from over 2,300 entries spanning 64 countries.

Read on see this year's winning work. You can also check out last year's incredible winners with our feature, including Jungho Lee, Jimin Kim, and Ella Cohen.

Winner: Overall New Talent

Marco Palena lives in Pescara, Italy. 

Italian illustrator Marco Palena and Dutch artist Aart-Jan Venema have been announced as the overall category winners for The World Illustration Awards 2017.

Marco won the Overall New Talent Award with Librerie in Fiore 2016. The project Bookshops in Blossom is an annual celebrate of books in Italy in the springtime, and Marco’s illustration explore being completely immersed within a book. 

Judges said Marco’s work was "beautifully executed and has that magical quality to it."


Winner: Overall Professional Award

Aart-Jan Venema won the Overall Professional Award for his work for the Green Man Festival printed materials and website. Commissioned by Bread Collective, Aart-Jan created A3 sketches in Photoshop, which followed the brief of reflecting the festival and people that attend it. 

"I went all out with objects and plant that may or may not exist. The client wanted me to use a few characters as possible, so I had to 'characterise' the objects and plants even more to ensure the images were still interesting," says Aart-Jan. 

His worked was described as "unusual", whilst "showing great technical ability and detailing" by judges.

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Winner: Advertising – Professional

Irish illustrator Claudine O’Sullivan gained recognition after featuring in the worldwide Apple Pencil campaign with her unique drawing style. It's now appealed to brands such as MTV, WeTransfer and Tiger Beer. These illustrations were commissioned by Apple to promote the Apple Pencil for the 2016 iPad Pro release. 


Winner: Books – Professional

Nina Chakrabarti studied at both Central Saint Martins and the Royal Collage of Art in London, after growing up in Calcutta, India. She works using a mixture of tools from dip pens and brushes to technical pens. 

For the book Hello Nature by Laurence King Publishing, she has created artworks that readers can colour and embellish.


Winner: Books – New Talent

Korean illustrator Inhye Moon's SEON-AH is a picture book described as being "for people in need of comfort". It tells the story of woman who wears a safety helmet in public to give her security.

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Winner: Children's Books – Professional

Winner: Children's Books – New Talent

Little Red by Bethan Woolvin attempts to subvert the traditional Little Red Riding Hood myth, removing the gender stereotypes so that the main character can be seen as being of either gender, or as neither.


Winner: Design – New Talent

This illustration is from a series titled Yen Town - The Last Unpolluted Territory by Sam Ki.

Yen Town is located on the Senkaku Islands, the disputed territory between Japan and China. Japan can only retain sovereignty in exchange for clean air, pure salt and onset. In mainland China high pollution and contamination levels are steering the Chinese elite to search for quality environments and goods of ‘purity’. The island would be developed by five Chinese corporations. The project on Yen Town stands as a speculative proposal of a resilient city that represents larger conflict between the two Asian countries. 

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Winner: Editorial – Professional

Winner: Editorial – New Talent

Winner: Research – Professional

Tony Leigh created this portrait of disability campaigner Barabara Lisicki in the ironic-infographic style that he keeps separate from the rest of his illustration work, under the banner of Tobatron . You can learn more about his creative process for his Tobatron work is his Masterclass for us.

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Winner: Research – New Talent

Econundrum is an 80-second animated explainer video was created for CNN by Israeli graphic artist and filmmaker Chen Winner. In it she says she uses "visual analogies to demonstrate our destructive relationship with the plastic bottles we consume – communicated using big colour surfaces that have a screenprinted aesthetic."


Winner: Self-Initiated – Professional

Bus Station by Steven Choi is a self-initiated project that featured in his exhibition The Lost Poem - Girl and the Sea, shown at Adelaide Fringe.


Winner: Self-Initiated – New Talent

Rosalba Cafforio's depiction of Alice In Wonderland is a fashion illustration drawing on the Dolce & Gabbana A/W 2016 collection, and on the Pantone Colours of the Year – Rose Quartz and Blue Serenity.

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