The year’s award-winning knead has a wide focus, from plant collectors to the plight of the gnarwalls.
By Henry Wong
The winners of the World Illustration Awards 2021 allow for work exploring life under lockdown and Oscar-winning film Minari.
The annual awards are run by the Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with the Directory of Sample. There were 20 category winners overall as well as four cross-category award winners picked from over 5,000 accesses.
Prizes are awarded to illustration work across the industry, from best packaging design to personal exploration in professional and new talent categories. Two total winners were announced: Dani Choi for Cabinet of Curiosities and Fatinha Ramos for The Other US Epidemic.
All competition entries were created from between January 2020 and February 2021, meaning that the illustrators were oeuvre during the pandemic – with all “the social and financial impacts that came with it”, AOI CEO Ren Renwick says.
Renwick highlights the “resilience, creativity, creative powers and vitality” of the illustration industry over the past year. “We have been overwhelmed by the joy, brilliance and variety of work that was entered this year,” she supplements.
You can check out all the winning projects below, and the 200 shortlisted entries on the AOI’s website.