Published: 24 May 2011 at 11:37
Gemma wins £1,000 first prize in national children’s book illustration competition
Anglia Ruskin University students were the stars of the show at this year’s Macmillan Prize for Children’s Picture Book Illustration awards in London last night.
For the second year in succession, an MA Children’s Book Illustration student from Anglia Ruskin has taken the £1,000 first prize in the prestigious national competition. The second prize, of £500, also went to an Anglia Ruskin student, as did five of the 13 Highly Commended awards.
After Mike Smith’s success last year with Edward Hopper and the Carrot Crunch, Gemma Merino’s The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water took the award this time, with Elys Dolan’s Weasels claiming the runners-up prize. Jemima Sharpe, Vanya Nastanlieva, Harriet Muncaster, Caroline Tye and Tonca Uza came away with Highly Commended awards.
Professor Martin Salisbury, the MA Children’s Book Illustration Course Leader, said:
An exhibition of the winning entries is being staged at The Gallery at Foyles Bookshop, on Charing Cross Road in London, until 27 May. This year’s judging panel included the million-selling author-illustrators Axel Scheffler and Emily Gravett, as well as the Guardian’s children’s book critic Julia Eccleshare.
The winning students will shortly be meeting with Macmillan editors to discuss possible book deals, with a view to joining the likes of MA Children’s Book Illustration graduates Kazuno Kohara, Mike Smith, Rebecca Patterson, Paula Metcalf and Marta Altes who are now signed up to the publisher.