The Northern Illustration Prize is one part of The Northern Festival of Illustration, a biennial celebration of all that is great about the diverse world of illustration.


In 2019 The Prize attracted hundreds of entries from 6 continents. This time around we have invited entries from:

· Emerging illustrators in the first two years of their career

· Established illustrators more than five years into their career

Entries have once again flooded in from across the globe.


2021 has seen the world still in the grip of a pandemic but also with clear hope for the future as the creative minds of science roll out vaccines across the globe.

So this year The Prize wants to celebrate new beginnings – its theme is Renaissance. Illustrators have interpreted this in entries which reflect hope, and positivity, and which put a new take on the great paintings of the Renaissance!

A £1000 prize awaits the winner of each category. Shortlisted entries and the winners will be exhibited as part of The Northern Festival of Illustration Winners will be announced in September.


The Northern Illustration Prize is the creation of The Northern School of Art and is a collaboration with The Association of Illustrators.

The shortlisted illustrators are set out below.



Established Illustrators:

Reborn Bloom – Stephanie Donsø

The day the Earth breathe – Jayne Ong

Hopeful Horizons – Catherine Paiano

Every day is a new day – Laura Montes

That Place – Laura Watkins

High Street Renaissance – Claire Huntley

Rebirth – Mariella Cusumano

Venus – Steven Van Hasten

Las 3 Gracias Reggaetoneras – Luis Miguel Munilla

New Day – Aviel Basil



We are pleased to announce that the winner of The Northern Illustration Prize 2021 | Established Artist is – That Place by Laura Watkin

Emerging Illustrators:

Everyday is a New Beginning – Qiara Teor

Liberation – Tetiana Korniichuk

Venus Reborn – Philip Ince

Media Renaissance – Siew Lim

The Renaissance Painter – Charlotte Leadley

Creation of ‘A Plan for the Present’ – Alex Ram

Pablo Van Eycke: As We Can – Vincent Barlow

Resilience – Julia Sarapata de Carvalho

Rebuild – Michael R Brown

A New Dawn – Lewe Obispo



We are pleased to announce that the winner of The Northern Illustration Prize 2021 | Emerging Artist is – Resilience by Julia Sarapata De Carvalho

Congratulations to Laura and Julia who have each been awarded £1000 prize money and thank you to every Illustrator who took the time to apply. The calibre of entries was extremely high. Thank you as always to our collaborators, The Association of Illustrators (AOI).