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HIGHLY COMMENDED: Graduate from Croxley awarded for illustrations which celebrate diversity of the London underground 

 Published on: 27th October 2020   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A recent graduate from Croxley has been selected out of over 4,000 entrants for a world illustration award. 

Lizzie Knott, who lives in the village, was selected as one of 20 people to have been awarded Highly Commended in the World Illustration Awards 2020, for her project which highlighted the diversity of the London underground.

Her project was chosen out of the final shortlist of 200 projects which were selected from more than 4,300 entries from all over the world.

Lizzie said her project, ‘The Way For All’ which was featured in the Design, Product and Packaging category in the awards hosted by The Association of Illustrators (AOI), in partnership with the Directory of Illustration, focused on highlighting the diversity of the London underground.

She said: “It was aimed at showing off how diverse the London underground is, especially this year as in the news there has been so many race issues.

“I just wanted to show how important diversity is.”

This project was chosen as one of the 20 Highly Commended works, which was chosen by an international jury which included industry names such as D.W. Pine from TIME, illustrator Axel Scheffler, and Erich Nagler, lead art director of Google Doodles.

Lizzie found out she had won an award via Instagram from her bedroom in Croxley, after the in-person ceremony at Somerset House was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

She said: “I thought I wasn’t going to get one, as the actual winners had been told in advance.

“I was so surprised. I just didn’t even expect to get longlisted. Getting an award like this having just graduated is amazing.”

Lizzie said that receiving the award has given her the confidence to keep going with her illustration work, after she was initially worried that she wasn’t good enough to go freelance amidst the uncertainty of these times.

She said: “Now I’ve got the award it gives me the confidence to reach out to new clients and do different projects.

“I feel really lucky because all graduates in general are just really worried about the prospect of getting a job.

“I check my emails every day and never know what to expect with what’s going on.”

Check out Lizzie’s illustrations at or follow her Instagram @lizzieillustrates

Picture credit: Lizzie Knott

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