Global Digital Illustration Contests You Should Join In 2016
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Set up your name in the global art scene! Boost your skills by enrolling at CIIT’s digital illustration course then take part in any of this year’s upcoming art contests.

1. Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2016

Using the theme “Tales of Nonsense,” artists need to come up with a visual storytelling or illustration depicting their own idea of a “nonsense tale.”

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2016


  • Open worldwide.
  • The student category is open to all full-time students over 18 years old.
  • The emerging and established category is open to rising and seasoned illustrators.

Entry Fees: None


The selected work will appear at the Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum and on the 2016 Cheltenham Illustration Awards Annual.

2. JIA Illustration Award 2016

This is an annual contest of the Japan Illustrators’ Association (JIA). Though it does not limit artists to any theme or genre, JIA will only accept original entries in (.jpeg) format.

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016


Open to amateur and expert illustrators worldwide.

Entry Fees:

  • 1 image for � 3,700
  • 2 images for � 6,900
  • 3 images for � 10,100
  • 4 images for � 13,300
  • 5 images for � 16,500


  • One Grand Prize – � 300,000, crystal shield, and supplementary prize
  • One Judge’s Special Prize – � 100,000, crystal shield, and supplementary prize
  • One Holbein Prize – Acryla Gouache 102 Colors, certificate of commendation, and supplementary prize
  • Ten Excellent Prize – � 20,000, certificate of commendation, and supplementary prize
  • 30 Fine Work Prize – Certificate of Commendation

3. United Nations Political Cartoon Award 2016

Entries for this contest must consist of political cartoons published from September 2015 to October 15, 2016. Artworks must present the value of human dignity, mutual respect, and friendship among nations and highlight the spirit and principles of the United Nations. It will only accept published cartoons that come with a newspaper reprint, and translated into English.

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2016


Open to all professionals worldwide with published political cartoons

Entry Fees: None


  • First prize – $ 10,000 and a plaque
  • Second prize – $ 5,000 and a plaque
  • Third prize – $ 3,000 and a plaque
  • Plaques for ten honorable mentions

4. Dave Bown Projects – 12th Semi-Annual Competition

Created in 2005, the Dave Bown Projects aims to advance the field of visual arts by doing research, buying works of art, and providing unrestricted monetary awards to visual artists. Though the said contest does not restrict partakers to any subject or genre, jurors look for exceptional artworks that would further visual arts in the modern world.

Submission Deadline: June 4, 2016


This contest is open to all visual artists aged 18 or older worldwide. All styles and mediums are, likewise, eligible.

Entry Fees:

  • 2 images for $ 45
  • 4 images for $ 65
  • 8 images for $ 95


  • One artist will receive $ 5,000
  • Five artists will receive $ 1,000 each
  • Aside from the cash prizes, Dave Bown Projects will buy works of art from artists as they receive the submissions.

Are you not confident to join the art contests listed here? CIIT offers a digital illustration course that will teach you everything you need to advance your skills. The module focuses on the use of Adobe Illustrator and InDesign CS6 so you’re sure to get the latest methods that will help you outdo your rivals. Visit this page for more details.







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