George Butler has been named as the overall winner of the 2013 V&A Illustration Awards. Butler began his career as a reportage illustrator in Afghanistan and was nominated for his illustrations for Syria: the point of no return published by Guardian News and Media. The winning series of drawings was made in Syria in June 2012.
The annual V&A Illustration Awards celebrate the best illustration published over the last year. This year's judging panel was made up of artist/designer Lady Dyson, lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe, artist Lucy Woodroffe, editor of Stylist magazine Lisa Smorsarski and V&A Director of Design Moira Gemmill.
Of the 18 shortlisted illustrators, the winners of the four individual categories are:
Editorial Award and Overall Winner
George Butler for Syria: the point of no return (Guardian News and Media Ltd)
Book Cover Illustration Award
Pietari Posti for Swallows and Amazons (Vintage)
Book Illustration Award
Anna and Elena Balbusso for Eugene Onegin (Folio Society)
Best Student Illustration
Grace Helmer for The Fugitive
Minho Kwon for The Neo Arts and Crafts Movement
Artwork and published work by shortlisted artists in all categories are on view at the V&A through December 1, 2013. Admission is free.