French illustrator and regular contributor to the Guardian Olivier Kugler has won the V&A Illustration Award 2011.
Kugler's reportage/diary illustrations of a truck driver's journey across Iran have won the top prize at the V&A Illustration awards.The illustrations were created for French quarterly reportage magazine XXI and were based on his his own travels in Iran with the truck driver Massih. Kugler and his driving companion took a four-day journey across Iran carrying bottled water to the Persian Gulf.
His winning illustrations were described as a "...stunning work. This is where drawing can top photography and copy," said judge Rob Ryan. Kugler won £2000 first prize for editorial illustration as well as an additional £2000 as the overall winner.
Laura Carlin was awarded the prize for best illustrated book for her work on The Iron Man, praised by judges for "her sophisticated approach to colour and scale" in what they said was "a stunning example of book illustration and production".
Their artwork will be displayed for free in the V&A's 20th-Century Galleries until 17 December.