These award-winning illustrations are based around the 'Sounds of the City'

Artworks by Chiara Ghigliazza, Julia Allum and Paul Garland picked up prizes last night – with a full shortlist of 100 artworks on show at the London Transport Museum


The winners of the annual Prize for Illustration at the London Transport Museum were announced last night. Previously known as the Serco Prize for Illustration when it was sponsored by the outsourcing company, the awards first see 100 artworks shown in a gallery space at the museum. From these Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners are chosen by a panel of judges led by the Association Of Illustrator's managing director Ren Renwick.

The AOI puts on the awards and exhibition each year with the museum. The competition is open to illustrators worldwide – professional or students – designed to attract colourful and inspiring artwork for display at the museum. Some are also selected to be used on posters around the Tube network, putting them in front of hundreds of thousands of people daily.

This year’s theme was 'sounds of the city', which encouraged entrants to visualise city 'hubbub' and quiet spaces in one illustration.

The first prize went to the delightful image by Milan-based Chiara Ghigliazza called Solo.

The second prize went to Surprise City Sounds by Falmouth-based Julia Allum.

The AOI describes the creative freedom of the brief through a wide scope of city sounds: "The roar of traffic. Shrieks of children playing. Honking of car horns. Rattle and hum of music on a radio. Barking of an urban fox. Banging of a door. Rustle of trees in a green city space. Drilling of road works. Ticking of a clock. Song inspired by a city. Calls of a market trader. Thump of drums at a concert."


Sound of the Underground by Paul Garland took the third prize.

Previous themes included cycling, the River Thames, Secret London, London Stories and London Places & Spaces.

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The first prize award is accompanied by £2,000, second prize £1,000 and third prize £750.

Image: Summer Vibes by Andrew Selby – a shortlisted work.


Following the exhibition’s 'Friday Lates' evening launch last week, there will be a series of events at the museum to accompany the illustrations, including a talk by BBC broadcaster and author Robert Elms, and a workshop on how to design your own music festival.

Tickets to the museum cost £17.50, £15.50 for concessions and are free for children under 18. Tickets also get you into the exhibition and let you go back to the museum as many times as you like over the course of a year.

Image: Listen by Shin Wah Gloria 

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