2020 CARMELITE PICTURE BOOK PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED
Ellan Rankin from Anglia Ruskin University has won the 2020 Carmelite Prize with her illustrations for One and Only, a picture book written by Jeanne Willis.
‘I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a pretty crazy year so far. For me, due to the circumstances, I felt like the momentum I was building after my MA course was going to be lost. To counter this thought, I decided that I should enter competitions, with the Carmelite Prize being on the top of my list. I think these opportunities are such a great chance for students to work to a brief and be able to make connections with big publishers.
I loved Jeanne Willis’s text for One and Only. It had this beautiful mixture of sadness and humour that I just love in a story, and I had a lot of fun trying to capture this within the imagery. Winning the Carmelite Prize is such an incredible opportunity and I’m so thankful to Hachette and everyone involved. Over the past few years I’ve seen artists and creators, who I admire, enter the competition and become successful. For me to now be a member of that group, I’m just shocked and amazed! It means so much to be associated with such a talented bunch, and to be able to make a connection with a publisher that I admire. So, THANK YOU! ‘
Quote from Sophie Stericker:
‘Now in its 5th year, we are delighted The Carmelite Prize continues to be such a popular competition for so many illustration students. We had a huge number of outstanding entries, despite the unusual circumstances, which is great testament not only to Jeanne’s wonderfully vivid and playful text, but also the determination and resourcefulness of all those students who entered while unable to work from their faculty studios. As always, choosing the overall winner is agonisingly difficult, but Ellan’s stylish, child-friendly, light-hearted work was our unanimous first choice.’
Ellan has been awarded first prize of £1000 and the opportunity to publish a book by Jeanne Willis, published by Hodder Children’s Books. Her course tutor will receive £500 sponsorship towards promoting the work of final year students.
Quote from Jeanne Willis:
‘It was an honour to be asked to write a story for the Carmelite Prize and I was really looking forward to seeing how the artists would interpret my words. When judgement day came, I wasn’t disappointed. The variety, skill and the level of creativity shown in the entries was outstanding and although there can only be one winner – and she is perfect for this text – I’d be proud to have future books illustrated by any of the other emerging talents on the shortlist if I should be so lucky.’
The second prize of £500 goes to Fiona Fogg, also from Anglia Ruskin University, and the third prize of £250 goes to Aled Thompson from Manchester Metroplitan. Shelley Jane Crawford from University of Central Lancashire and Sophie Kent from Norwich University of the Arts are highly commended for their submissions.
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