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The Guardian announces Glastonbury 2020 Illustration Prize winner

The Guardian announces Glastonbury 2020 Illustration Prize winner

Harry Wyld announced as the winner of the Guardian’s Illustration Prize competition for Glastonbury 2020

Every year the Guardian commissions an illustrator to design their look and feel for Glastonbury Festival.

For the 50th anniversary of the Worthy Farm-held event, the paper opened up the competition to emerging talent, with the finalists being picked from over 700 entries and reviewed by an expert panel of judges – which also included illustrator Xaviera Altena, who created the paper’s 2019 Glastonbury identity.

Harry Wyld – the winner for Glastonbury 2020 – will have his designs featured as the brand’s presence at the 2020 edition of the Festival, seeing his visuals appear on the Guardian’s mini-guide (which Glasto-goers use to navigate the hefty lineup), on the canvas bags handed out (with a newspaper) at the festival – in addition to further pieces that will be created to appear on staff T-shirts, marquees and flags, as well as in the lead-up print and digital marketing activity.


Entrants to the competition were tasked with creating an illustration for the 2020 identity based on the theme of “hope”. Some of the Guardian’s previous commissioned illustrators to help shape its visual presence at Glastonbury Festival featured themes including ‘psychedelia’, ‘tip of the iceberg’ and ‘the difference a day can make’.

Sam Jacobs, creative director at Oliver, was on the judging panel and describes Wyld as “brilliant … his work is raw and uncompromising. It seems to reward the viewer the longer they spend with it. It leaves space for the viewer to interpret, yet is vivid and engaging; fresh and new, while having a warm nostalgic edge. The Guardian has long been a champion of up-and-coming talent, and in Harry and the other finalists, we’ve unearthed a really special group.”

Wyld reacted to his win on Instagram saying: “Well fancy that. I won the guardian’s illustration prize. I get to design the guardians visuals for Glastonbury Festival 2020 (50th anniversary!)”

Runners up included Santiago Taberna, Ginko Yang, Amy Glover – with the list of finalist consisting of Tim – Tom and Terry, James Daw, Clarice Tudor, Alice Santiago, Dale Crosby-Close, Bllack Line.

Meanwhile, Paul McCartney was the first headliner to be announced for the 2020 edition of the Festival and joins Diana Ross who was officially confirmed earlier this year as Glastonbury’s 50-anniversary ‘Legends’ slot performer – while Mike Skinner and Carl Cox are the two latest big-scale artists to self-confirm for the Festival’s 2020 bill.

Despite the fact that the full line-up for Glastonbury 2020 has yet to be released – all tickets for the Festival’s 50th anniversary have now sold out, with General Admission tickets selling out in 33 minutes, following Coach + Ticket Packages which sold out in just 27 minutes.

There are still ways to go to Glastonbury next year, and in addition to being able to volunteer – there will also be a resale of any cancelled tickets in the spring, with coach + ticket packages going up for resale on April 16 – followed by a general admission tickets resale (which don’t include travel) on April 19.

Glastonbury 2020 will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June.

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