Student Riko Sekiguchi won the Carmelite Picture Book Prize 2018 with her illustrations for Peter Bently’s text, Where the Sea Meets the Sky, a rhyming story about a sea otter.
Sophie Stericker, Group Creative Director at HCG, said: “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, was given £1,000 and Hodder Children’s Books, an imprint of HCG, will publish her work with Bently’s text.
“It’s so exciting and surreal to win – this is such a fantastic way to finish my final year, and I’m incredibly grateful to my tutors for encouraging me to enter,” she said. “It’s going to be wonderful to have the advice and experience of the Hachette Children’s Group creative team, and I’d like to thank everyone so much for giving me this opportunity.”
Andy Ellis from Norwich University of the Arts won a second prize of £500 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 highly commended.