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Communication Arts 2021 Illustration Competition

Communication Arts 2021 Illustration Competition is now open for entries!

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Communication Arts 2021 One of the world's most prestigious competitions for innovation in illustration, the Illustration Competition is open to entries accepting any illustration first published or created between January 2020 and January 2021.

The most prestigious award for innovation in illustration, the Communication Arts 2021 Illustration Competition, calls for entries open to new works first published or created between January 2020 and January 2021.

The Award of Excellence by CA is one of the industry's most coveted prizes. Winning, if selected, positions you in the highest ranks of your career.


Advertising: ads, posters, music and product packaging, etc. Books: covers, jackets, interiors, etc. Editorial: consumer or trade magazines, newspapers, etc. For Sale: posters, prints, greeting cards, licensing/stock, gallery sale, online store, etc. Institutional: company/association publications, annual reports, catalogs, client websites, blogs, etc. Motion/Animation: time-based media for film, television, video or web, etc. Self-Promotion: promotion for illustrators, design firms, ad agencies, art schools, printers, paper companies, etc. Unpublished: experimental/personal work not published. Student Work: illustration or animation created for school assignments.

Requirements for submission:

Any first-published or created illustration from January 2019 through January 2020 is qualifying. Entries from any country can originate.

There are limited to 5 illustrations for campaigns or episodes.

Entries can be sent in the following formats:

Digital Images: Maximum file size of 2 MB must be RGB in JPG format.

Fees for Entry:

The entrance fee for a single illustration starts at $40 and for an illustration sequence starts at $80.

For a school assignment, every single illustration or animation project created starts at $20.

A late payment of $10 per entry is required for entries registered after January 8, 2021. After January 22, 2021, no entries can be reported.

Who can participate

The Illustration Competition for Communication Arts 2021 is open to any illustration first published or created between January 2020 and January 2021.


The winning submissions will be published internationally in the Communication Arts Illustration Annual, in print and digital editions, and on, chosen by a nationally representative jury of renowned designers, art directors and illustrators, ensuring considerable recognition for the creators of this outstanding work.

A detailed index will bear contact details of the represented illustrators as a service to art directors, designers and art buyers. A customized Award of Excellence and award certificates granted to businesses, individuals and consumers will also be given to each winning entrant.


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