This year saw the most popular awards yet, and winning entries include a set of cushions embroidered with penises, some hectic children’s magazine illustrations and build-your-own packaging for a range of Stella McCartney underwear.

The Association of Illustrators has been running the World Illustration Awards for 42 years, celebrating the best in visual art across advertising, books, packaging, interior spaces and more. In recent years, the competition has also included moving illustration in the form of animation.

This year saw the most successful edition of the awards yet, which had more entries than ever. It received 3,3000 applications from 75 countries, 1,000 more than in 2017.

In April this was whittled down to a shortlist of 200, and now 16 category winners have been picked by the judging panel, which also includes one professional overall winner and a new talent winner. The eight categories were editorial, advertising, experimental, research, book, children’s books, site specific and design.

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