Uncommissioned pieces include all self-generated work. Gold medals are awarded to Miriam Martincic for Box, John Rego for Edna’s Revenge, and Anuj Shrestha for Studies. Silver Medals are awarded to Weitong Mai for Blue Illustrations, Eva Redamonti for I Live Next to a Freeway, and Stephanie Shafer for Equity in Education.
Advertising illustration includes work created to sell a product, usually commissioned by an ad agency. Examples include consumer ads in magazines, television and web, billboards, point-of-purchase, and theater posters. Gold medals are awarded to Johnny Dombrowski for KraftTone (Client: True Grit Texture Supply, AD: Andrew Fairclough), Dylan Glynn forWonder Makes Me Soar (Client: University of Arizona, AD: Lori Schmon), and Victo Ngai for The World Together Under One Moon (Client: PingAn Insurance Group). Silver Medals are awarded to Sarah Mazzetti for Ornamental Boot (Client: Dr. Martens, Frankenstein Magazine), Sonia Pulido for The Central City Opera Posters for the 2021 Season (Client: Central City Opera Denver, AD: Melissa Rick), and Nicole Rifkin for Infamous (Client: Complex, Spotify, AD: Bitna Kim, Barbàra Alvarez).
Institutional illustration includes work commissioned by an institution such as government services, in-house, or a corporation, and can be featured on announcements, annual reports, calendars, corporate projects, government service projects, greeting cards, newsletters, and in-house publications. Gold medals are awarded to Bartosz Kosowski for Vanishing Dictator (Client: Solidarity Zone, AD: Wojciech Wesolowski), Sarah Mazzetti for Voltare Pagina (Client: Burgo Group, AD: Francesco Poroli), and Victo Ngai for Fire Bird (Client: Black Dragon Press, AD: James Park). Silver Medals are awarded to Abigail Goh for AAPI Love (Client: Brand New School), Meltem Sahin for Flawsome (Client: GIPHY, AD: Julia Schulman), and Rico Worl for Raven Story (Client: United States Postal Service, AD: Antonio Alcalá).
Surface/ Product Design includes work appearing in three-dimension including illustrations created for merchandise such as carpets, pillows, rugs, clothing, food and beverage labels, etc. as well as repeat patterns seen on wrapping paper, wallpaper, and other various textiles. Gold medals are awarded to Sonia Alins for The Beautiful Red Reefs (Client: Moleskine, AD: Sonia Alins), Ilya Milstein for KFC Holiday Packaging (Client: KFC, AD: Hannah Tozer and Kate Winsor), and Emiliano Ponzi for Golden Wheat (Client: Barilla, AD: Barilla team-Ale Giorgini). Silver Medals are awarded to Angelica Gerosa for Scomposizioni (Client: Telerie Spadari Milano), Anna Sokolova for Maison Margiela Artisanal Collection (Client: Maison Margiela, AD: John Galliano), and Luke Wohlgemuth for The Strand Luke Wohlgemuth Artist Tote (Client: The Strand Bookstore).