The Carmelite Pircture Book Prize 2018 (established in 2016 and organised by Hachette Children’s Group) has been won by Riko Sekiguchi.
For this year’s prize, students of illustration were asked to create two colour spreads for Peter Bently’s Where the Sea Meets the Sky, a rhyming story about a sea otter.
Sophie Stericker, group creative director at HCG, told The Bookseller: “We had a huge number of outstanding entries this year, so many of which showed originality and advanced visual storytelling skill. Choosing a winner was extremely difficult but Riko’s work showed such energy and spirit the judges were unanimous.”
Sekiguchi, a student at Falmouth University, receives £1,000 and Hodder Children’s Books, an imprint of HCG, will give consideration publishing her work with Bently’s text.
The second prize (of £500) was won by Andy Ellis from Norwich University of the Arts and Robin Mommers from Leeds Arts University won the third prize of £250.
Luke Broadley from Norwich University of the Arts and Pui Jo Ng from University of Hertfordshire were both highly commended.
The work of the first Carmelite Prize winner, Mark Nicholas, (illustrations for The Story of Tantrum O’Furrily written by Cressida Cowell) has just been published, and Free-range Freddy by Rachel Bright, illustrated by last year’s winner, Isobel Evans, will be published next year.
More information about the prize >>> https://carmeliteprize.co.uk