Supporting the children’s book illustrators of the future

2019 Winner


Student Georgia Page has won the 2019 Carmelite Picture Book Prize with her illustrations for a picture book written by Kes Gray

For this year’s prize, undergraduate students of illustration and design were asked to create two colour spreads for Kes Gray’s Zebracadabra, a brilliantly funny story, jam-packed with animals and magic.

Sophie Stericker, Group Creative Director at HCG, said: ‘We are thrilled the Carmelite Prize increases in popularity every year with illustration students and tutors around the country. We had a record number of entries this time, with so many showing outstanding originality and visual story-telling skill. It’s always agonizing to choose the overall winner but Georgia’s innovative interpretation of the text impressed us unanimously. I would like to thank all the entrants and congratulate the finalists – I can’t wait to see their careers go from strength to strength.’

Georgia Page from the University of South Wales has been awarded the first prize of £1000, and the opportunity to publish a book with Kes Gray, working with Hodder Children’s Books. Her course tutor will receive £500 sponsorship towards their students’ final year show. ‘I am delighted to have won the Carmelite Prize, it’s an initiative I’m so impressed by and it’s incredible how much it’s grown in the last four years,’ she said. ‘It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of!’

The second prize of £500 goes to Katie Allen, from Nottingham Trent University, and the third prize of £250 goes to Yingxi Xu also from Nottingham Trent University. Beatrix Hatcher from Arts University Bournemouth, Daniel Bennett from University of Central Lancashire, and Alan Orczyk from Nottingham Trent University are highly commended for their submissions.

Last year’s winner, Riko Sekiguchi, will publish her first book: Where the Sea Meets the Sky, in 2020.

2019 winning artwork