Communication Arts 2025 Illustration Competition

Communication Arts is calling for entries to its 2025 Illustration Competition, open for new work — first published or produced between January 2024 and January 2025.

The Communication Arts Illustration Competition is the most prestigious competition for creativity in illustration.

CA’s Award of Excellence is one of the most-coveted awards in the industry. If chosen, winning places you in the highest ranks of your profession.

Selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and illustrators, the winning entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Illustration Annual, in print and digital editions, and on, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work. As a service to art directors, designers and art buyers, a comprehensive index will carry contact information of the illustrators represented.

Each winning entrant will receive a personalized Award of Excellence and award certificates issued for firms, individuals and clients.

Communication Arts is publishing the best in visual communications from around the world since 1959.

For 66 years, Communication Arts has honored the craft of talented illustrators from around the world. In support of these hardworking artists, Communication Arts will not be accepting AI text-to-image generated submissions in this competition.

Entry Fees

  • Advertising: $40 single entry/$80 series
  • Books: $40 single entry/$80 series
  • Editorial: $40 single entry/$80 series
  • For Sale: $40 single entry/$80 series
  • Institutional: $40 single entry/$80 series
  • Motion/Animation: $90 single entry/$180 series
  • Self-Promotion: $40 single entry/$80 series
  • Unpublished: $40 single entry/$80 series
  • Student Work: $20 single print entry/$40 print series/$45 single video entry/$90 video series

Entries registered after 10th January 2025 require a late fee of $10 per entry.

Deadline: 24 January 2025

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