Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Best New Illustrators 2011 - Book Trust UK announcement

Following the success of the first Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award in 2008, ten emerging illustrators who have published their first children’s book since 2005 will be selected as the Best New Illustrators for 2011.

The final ten will represent the best rising talent in the field of children’s illustration today, who demonstrate remarkable creative flair, artistic skill and boundless imagination in their work.
The panel of judges will include: children’s author/illustrator and Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne; children’s author/illustrator Lauren Child; and John Huddy of the Illustration Cupboard.

Polly Dunbar, Booktrust writer in residence and one of the ten Best New Illustrators 2008: ‘Being chosen as one of the ten best illustrators felt like more than winning an award, it was the chance to be an active part of something really exciting, a movement towards loving picture books! There was such a buzz and sense of community, which is a change from an otherwise solitary job! I'm looking forward to seeing the new best ten, and I'm enjoying guessing who they may be!’

The 2011 winners will be announced at an award ceremony at the Illustration Cupboard on Tuesday 22 March 2011.
An exhibition of work by the ten winning illustrators will be displayed at the Illustration Cupboard, The Gallery at Foyles' flagship Charing Cross Road store and Free Word Centre, with further exhibitions planned for spring and summer 2011.

The deadline for publishers sending in entry forms is 26 November 2010 and for sending books is 10 December 2010.

The Best New Illustrators in 2008 were:
Alexis Deacon; Polly Dunbar; Lisa Evans; Emily Gravett; Mini Grey; Oliver Jeffers; David Lucas; Catherine Rayner; Joel Stewart; and Vicky White. They received a high level of media coverage in 2008, including coverage in national press.

Click here for more information on the prize

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