Meet The Judges...


Casting a creative eye over this year’s applications will be a stellar judging panel made up of some of the UK’s leading figures in the world of illustration and graphic arts. Step forward the almighty…


Tess Redburn

Senior Agent at Central Illustration Agency

Central Illustration Agency (CIA) is an creative agency located in Shoreditch, East London and has represented some of the world’s leading illustrators and animators for over thirty years. Working on projects from advertising, animation to publishing, CIA has a roster of 90+ international illustrators, including the likes of Sir Peter Blake, Milky Tea, Le Gun and Lynnie Zulu.

Tess Redburn has spent 4 years as a member of former of Puck Collective and is the designer behind the Bristol based record label Livity Sound.

Kristjana S Williams

Illustrator & graphic designer

Kristjana S Williams is an Icelandic born artist whose work spans the fields of illustration, graphic design, fine art and video.

Heavily influenced by nature and ‘the symmetry in all things living’, Kristjana has achieved international recognition and most recently was commissioned by Belmond Copacabana Palace hotel during the Rio Olympics. Kristjana has exhibited widely in the UK, Hong Kong and New York and has a client list that includes Liberty, V&A, Heals, Harrods and The Connaught Hotel. 

Kristjana is one of the fair’s featured artists and is the designer of The London Illustration Fair 2016 flyer. Kristjana will be creating a site-specific 3D installation in the Bargehouse entrance and exhibiting a wide range of prints.

Ren Renwick 


The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is a not-for-profit membership organisation, and the UK’s leading illustration body. The AOI supports and sustains illustrators and the industry through advice, guidance, campaigning and a public events programme.

Maya Gartner 

Senior Children's Book Editor at Phaidon Press Limited

Maya Gartner is an American born, British/Japanese expert in visual storytelling – including children’s books, manga and animation. She has previously worked at Penguin, Random House and Walker Books, with children’s book industry experience in the UK, US, France and Japan.

Maya has an inner child who loves being inspired by stories, characters and pictures, and is always on the lookout for new words and illustrations that spark curiosity and inspire.