It is with pride and excitement that we announce the selection of young artist Margherita Paoletti to the prestigious World Illustration Awards 2023. Margherita is in fact one of 200 illustrators selected from more than 5,000 entries from 84 countries.

Her project, Sonde Croniche, is, as she describes, a "virtual diary born during a disorienting and painful time." Full of colors, characters and symbols, but also introspection and deep reflections, as is her style, Sonde Croniche tells the story of Lea, the artist's own alter-ego, a "contemporary warrior, adorned with talking tattoos that change according to her emotions," who fights against the injustices of today's society, against pain, and much more. Lea "lives in a surreal universe where fear and pain are transformed into strange and funny creatures," who go on to animate the illustrations.

Winners in the various categories and those who received top honors in each category will be announced online at an invitation-only live broadcast event on the official WIA website on Sept. 12.