Entries have CLOSED. Good luck to everyone who entered! Winners will be announced in October.
The New England Illustration Prize 2019
The New England Illustration Prize is in its fourth year!
The 2018 winner, Martina Heiduczek, has — as a direct result of her winning the first prize (a creative weekend at Pinerolo Book Cottage in the Blue Mountains) — a contract with publisher Harper Collins.
This year we want illustrations based on the theme ‘A Cosy Day In’. The works can be in any medium and the Prize is open to all Australian residents over the age of 18 — emerging or established illustrators.
First Prize: publishing contract with Christmas Press for their 2020 Christmas Anthology 'A Cosy Christmas' worth $350.
Second Prize: $250 sponsored by Little Pink Dog Books
Third Prize: $150 sponsored by Granny Fi's Toy Cupboard
2018 winning entry by Martina Heiduczek
All three judges agreed from the start that Martina’s illustration was the stand-out entry in this year’s submissions. Her sense of colour, tone, movement and expression is sensitive and nuanced, and while her objects are lightly abstracted, their forms are balanced and their gestures vivid and engaging. Martina’s interpretation of the theme is quirky and playful. The triangular composition that moves from left to right across the page shows an awareness of the progression of story, and balances the drama of positive and negative space on the page. One of the judges describes her response as follows: “The glow on the faces, the shading and shadows, the subtle smiles, the texture of the tree, the feeling of movement on clothes and wings and leaves, the swinging of the fishing line and binoculars, kite and tea pot. Little details like the glow of the lamp projecting onto the Bear’s tummy, the angle of the guitar from the perspective of the ground as well as the angle of the hand strumming, the napkin poking out of the picnic basket and the inside detail of the lantern all add to a very detailed and at the same time a very simple illustration.”
Stuff you need to know...
Opens: 13th of May
Closes: 16th of August at 11:59pm
Cost per entry: $10
Open to all Australian residents over the age of 18.
You can enter as many times as you like, but you need to follow the steps below for each entry.
How to enter...
The fine print...
Please read this carefully!