Macmillan Children’s Books is delighted to announce the winners of the Macmillan Prize for Illustration 2016.
First prize has been awarded to Grace Suen from Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, for Hide and Seek. Chair of Judges, Picture Books Art Director at Macmillan Children’s Books, Chris Inns, says: “You can’t fail to be moved by Grace's work as it’s so uniquely atmospheric. She’s not only technically skilled, but her illustrations are saturated with meaning and layers of story. She knows how to manipulate her audience and we were all intrigued, unsettled and enthralled. Each image draws you in and keeps a firm grip on you, long after you’ve walked away.” Grace was also highly commended for her other entry, The Monologue of Monster.

Hide and Seek by Grace Suen 

Second and third prizes were awarded to Harriet Lynas from City Lit for Oliver and the Dinobird, and to Lucy Grainge from Glasgow School of Art for Lengths.

Oliver and the Dinobird by Harriet Lynas
Lengths by Lucy Grainge
The Macmillan Prize was established by Macmillan Children’s Books to stimulate new work from young illustrators in art schools, and to help them take the first steps in their professional lives. This coveted award, which was established over 30 years ago, has discovered such talent as Sara Fanelli, Lucy Cousins, Emily Gravett, Ross Collins and Gemma Merino, amongst many others. This year there were 247 entries submitted, with 196 of these digital submissions and 51 portfolios, with 3 winners and 18 highly commended entries.
Stephanie Barton, Publisher Under 6s at Macmillan Children’s Books, says: “The Macmillan Prize is one of the few prizes that gives students an opportunity to work to a professional brief; to create a whole book in dummy form; demonstrate a grasp of narrative, placing, pacing, layout, typography and how words and pictures cast a combined spell. But, crucially, the over-riding focus for the Macmillan Prize is to seek out quality in illustration and original contributors or contributions to the field of children's book illustration.”
The 2016 judging panel was made up of renowned illustrator David Roberts; Fiona Noble, children’s and YA reviewer for The Bookseller; Florentyna Martin, Children’s Buyer at Waterstones; Chris Inns, Art Director at Macmillan Children’s Books; Emily Ford, Senior Commissioning Editor at Macmillan Children’s Books; and Suzanne Carnell, Publisher for Two Hoots.
The winning and highly-commended artwork will be on display to the public in The Gallery at Foyles, Charing Cross (curated by Futurecity) from 15th June 2016 to the 21st July 2016.