27 Sep 2016

Competitions Prize of Illustration 2017: Sounds of the City

Association of IllustratorsLondon, England, United Kingdom

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Opportunity Description

International Deadline: October 10, 2016 – The Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with London Transport Museum (LTM), is delighted to announce that submissions are now open for The Prize for Illustration 2017.

This year the theme is Sounds of the City – an illustrated interpretation of urban sound.

We are surrounded 24/7 by sound in our cities. It shapes our experiences and our moods. Whether it’s the sound of people going about their daily lives – living, working, visiting or enjoying cultural, sporting or musical activities – or the sounds of nature within the city, the exhibition will show the artist’s relationship with sound, heard within the environment of a city context.

The competition is open to illustrators and students of illustration throughout the world. The top 100 entries selected by a panel of independent judges will be displayed in an exhibition at London Transport Museum that will open in May 2017 and run until September 2017. The winners will be announced at a private award ceremony that will take place in May 2017.

The aim of The Prize for Illustration 2017 competition is to attract artwork for display in an exhibition at London Transport Museum that is colourful, inspiring and celebrates or is inspired by the sounds heard in the hubbub and quiet spaces of the UK’s vibrant, diverse, multi-layered cities. The exhibition will feature 100 shortlisted illustrations.

It is desirable, but not essential, to include within the submitted artwork a representation of a mode or modes of transport. These modes include:  Buses, Coaching, Cycling, Dial-a-Ride, Docklands Light Railway, Emirates Airline,  London Overground,  London Underground, River, Roads,  Taxis and private hire,  TfL Rail, Trams  and Walking. The use of appropriate logo/s in lieu of vehicular/mode of transport portrayal is acceptable.

Prizes are awarded in three levels:

  • First prize: £2000 and display of the winning image on a London Transport Museum poster to be displayed on the London Underground.
  • Second prize: £1000
  • Third prize: £750: There is also the possibility that shortlisted images will be featured on merchandise sold in London Transport Museum’s shop.


Visit the World Illustration online for complete details and easy online application.

Submissions will be evaluated based on the quality of illustration and the  relevance of the image  and caption to the ideas above.

Entries will be judged by a committee of  independent  judges. The judges’  selection will be final. Correspondence regarding the judges’ decisions will not be  entered into.

• Award winning right holders are required to grant a one year exclusive license to TfL and  LTM  for the use of  their image in publicity/advertising materials and for  the potential use on posters, postcards and merchandise for sale in their online  shop and Museum shops, and thereafter a non- exclusive licence for the period of  copyright.

• TfL  and LTM may also wish  to licence, on a non-exclusive basis, images  selected from the shortlisted illustrations for use on merchandise, such as print to order posters.

The artist shall agree to receive 30% of the net profit from any sales  administered by LTM. The winning poster displayed on TfL services and for sale by LTM is exempt from the above clause.

The Directory of Illustration is widely regarded as the leading marketing program for illustrators in the United States. Their website and print resources are relied on by qualified art buyers from all over the world when they need to commission illustration.

The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is a not-for-profit trade organisation promoting contemporary illustration and maintaining industry standards. Established in 1973 the AOI has worked successfully with businesses and colleges to increase the standing of illustration as a profession and improve commercial and ethical conditions. With a membership that includes freelance illustrators, agents, students and colleges the AOI continues to support and educate future generations at every stage of their career.

Association of Illustrators
Somerset House

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Competitions. Opp Tags: Deadlines 09 Sept thru Oct and Open to Artists Worldwide. Income: Cash or Value Awards, Exhibition – Group, Exhibition – Online, Exhibition – Traveling, In-Kind Benefit, and Publication.

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