Established in 1985 by ASFA, the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists, the Chesley Award recognizes the peer chosen outstanding works each year.  Chesley Awards have become internationally acclaimed as the most prestigious award in the field of Fantasy Illustration.  The awards are nominated and decided upon by the members of the community, the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.

Magic art first appeared in 1999 when the Gaming Related Illustration category was created and has had a strong presence at the awards ever since.  Magic illustrations have won 5 Chesley awards so far, and have come to dominate the Gaming Related Illustration category.

Below are the images that have been nominated for and, in some cases won, Chesley Awards.

 

1999  |  2000  |  2001  |  2002  |  2003  |  2004  |  2005  |  2006  |  2007  |  2008  |  2009

2010  |  2011  |  2012  |  2013  |  2014 | 2015

 

1999 Award Nominees


Ertai, Wizard Adept by Terese Nielsen. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Ertai, Wizard Adept by Terese Nielsen. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Archangel by Donato Giancola. Product Illustration Award Winner

Archangel by Donato Giancola. Product Illustration Award Winner

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2000 Award Nominees


Ivy Seer by Donato Giancola. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Ivy Seer by Donato Giancola. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Unmask by rk post. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Unmask by rk post. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

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2001 Award Nominees


Staunch Defenders by Tristan Elwell. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Staunch Defenders by Tristan Elwell. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

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2002 Award Nominees


Shivan Dragon by Donato Giancola. Gaming Related Illustration Award Winner

Shivan Dragon by Donato Giancola. Gaming Related Illustration Award Winner

 

Lightning Angel by rk post. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Lightning Angel by rk post. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Magic Invasion by Matt Stawicki. Product Illustration Honorable

Magic Invasion by Matt Stawicki. Product Illustration Honorable

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2003 Award Nominees


Mirari's Wake by David Martin. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Mirari’s Wake by David Martin. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

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2004 Award Nominees


Glissa Sunseeker by Brom. Cover Illustration, Paperback Honorable Mention

Glissa Sunseeker by Brom. Cover Illustration, Paperback Honorable Mention

 

Sword of Kaldra by Donato Giancola. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Sword of Kaldra by Donato Giancola. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

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2006 Award Nominees


Blazing Archon by Gabor Szikszai & Zoltan Boros. Gaming Related Illustration Award Winner

Blazing Archon by Gabor Szikszai & Zoltan Boros. Gaming Related Illustration Award Winner

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2008 Award Nominees


Holy Strength by Terese Nielsen. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Holy Strength by Terese Nielsen. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Nova Chaser by Dan Scott. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Nova Chaser by Dan Scott. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Oros the Avenger by Daren Bader. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Oros the Avenger by Daren Bader. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Riftmarked Knight by William O'Connor. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Riftmarked Knight by William O’Connor. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

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2009 Award Nominees


Stoic Angel by Volkan Baga. Gaming Related Illustration Award Winner

Stoic Angel by Volkan Baga. Gaming Related Illustration Award Winner

 

Angelic Benediction by Michael Komarck. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Angelic Benediction by Michael Komarck. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Cancel by David Palumbo. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Cancel by David Palumbo. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Invincible Hymn by Matt Stewart

Invincible Hymn by Matt Stewart

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2010 Award Nominees


Joraga Bard by Volkan Baga. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Joraga Bard by Volkan Baga. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet by Todd Lockwood. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet by Todd Lockwood. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Lorthos, the Tidemaker by Kekai Kotaki. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Lorthos, the Tidemaker by Kekai Kotaki. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Serendib Efreet by Matthew Stewart. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Serendib Efreet by Matthew Stewart. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

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2011 Award Nominees


Bloodshot Trainee by Matthew Stewart. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Bloodshot Trainee by Matthew Stewart. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Eel Umbra by Howard Lyon. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Eel Umbra by Howard Lyon. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Gaea's Revenge by Kekai Kotaki. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Gaea’s Revenge by Kekai Kotaki. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Harbor Serpent by Daarken. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Harbor Serpent by Daarken. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Maritime Guard by Allen Williams. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Maritime Guard by Allen Williams. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

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2012 Award Nominees


Distress by Michael C. Hayes. Gaming Related Illustration Award Winner

Distress by Michael C. Hayes. Gaming Related Illustration Award Winner

 

Wandering Elf by E. M. Gist. (Magic the Gathering: Tactics) Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Wandering Elf by E. M. Gist. (Magic the Gathering: Tactics) Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Glissa, the Traitor by Chris Rahn. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Glissa, the Traitor by Chris Rahn. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Creepy Doll by Matthew Stewart. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Creepy Doll by Matthew Stewart. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

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2013 Award Nominees


Chandra the Firebrand by D. Alexander Gregory. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Chandra the Firebrand by D. Alexander Gregory. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

 

Thundermaw Hellkite by Svetlin Velinov. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

Thundermaw Hellkite by Svetlin Velinov. Gaming Related Illustration Honorable Mention

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2014 Award Nominees


Ruric-Thar, the Unbowed by Tyler Jacobson

Ruric-Thar, the Unbowed by Tyler Jacobson

 

Observant Alseid by Todd Lockwood

Observant Alseid by Todd Lockwood

 

Serene Remembrance by David Palumbo

Serene Remembrance by David Palumbo

 

Prognostic Sphinx by Steve Prescott

Prognostic Sphinx by Steve Prescott

 

Ashen Rider by Chris Rahn

Ashen Rider by Chris Rahn

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2015 Award Nominees


Pharika - Chesley Award Winner

Pharika, God of Affliction by Peter Mohrbacher – Prize Winner

 

Ajani Steadfast - Chesley Award

Ajani Steadfast by Chris Rahn

 

Drown in Sorrow - Chesley Award

Drown in Sorrow by Noah Bradley

 

Ephara - Chesley Award

Ephara, God of the Polis by Eric Deschamps

 

Ghoulcaller-Gisa - Chesley Award

Ghoulcaller Gisa by Karla Ortiz

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