AOI Illustration Awards – Deadline extended, calling all artists!

The deadline for all entries to the AOI Illustration Awards  has been extended to midnight 10th March – calling all artists to enter now!

Bright Group is one of the largest and most highly regarded modern illustration agencies. We are a member agency of the SAA; the Society of Artist Agents, and a member agent of the AOI.

The AOI was established in 1973 to advance and protect illustrator’s rights and encourage professional standards. It is a non-profit making trade association dedicated to its members’ professional interests and the promotion of illustration.

At Bright we provide a forward thinking, proactive, modern approach to agenting our illustrators and we fully support and admire the work the AOI does for our industry, believing their work should be acknowledged, supported and commended.

Over the last 12 months, the AOI, under new management has established some of the most exciting developments to happen in recent years; amongst other things they have totally restructured the Illustration Awards:

To be eligible, your work must have been created between 31 August 2011 and 10th March 2013 and, for those entering under Professional Illustrator status, it must have been commercially commissioned and published in this time frame (unless entered in the Public realm or Self-Initiated Work categories) as it will be judged in context.

All Bright artists are entitled to the member’s rate of £25! Simply send your image(s) with the information required (details below) to and we’ll do the rest!

What we need for your entry:

  • Title of work
  • Category
  • Usage
  • Process
  • Materials
  • Formats
  • Brief Requirements
  • Brief Key Ideas
  • Company commissioned for



There are two main awards :
NEW TALENT AWARD for work by students and new graduates
PROFESSIONAL AWARD for work by professional illustrators

There are eight categories:Advertising, Books, Children’s Books, Design,Editorial & Social Comment, Research & Knowledge Communication, Public Realm and Self-Initiated Projects.

The main award winners are selected from the New Talent and Professional winner for each category.

* All shortlisted works will be published online
* Award winners, Category winners and selected others will appear in the Awards Exhibition, which takes place in the Terrace Rooms at Somerset House in Autumn 2013
* Awarded and selected images will be published in the Awards book.
* There will be an Awards Ceremony at Somerset House in October 2013 to announce the Award winners
* New categories have been introduced for these Awards – please see details further below

The entries are assessed by a panel of respected judges including illustrators, industry professionals and commentators. The Chair of Judges for 2013 is writer, critic and Editor of Varoom Magazine, Dr John O’Reilly.

Wishing you all the best of luck!

The Bright Team