The Kelpies Illustration Prize

Winner Announced

Edinburgh-based illustrator and former teacher Aimee Ferrier was revealed as the winner of the Kelpies Illustration Prize 2019 at an exclusive award-ceremony at Edinburgh International Book Festival on Thursday 15th August. Author and illustrator Catherine Rayner was on hand to open the top-secret envelope and present the winner’s trophies.

Aimee will receive a year of mentoring with the Floris Books design team, as well as a publication deal, £1,000 cash and a ticket to this year’s Picture Hooks conference.

Catherine Rayner and Aimee Ferrier

We were delighted to meet all six of the incredibly talented shortlisters, the standard of entries was so high this year and the judging team had some very tough decisions to make.

Kelpies Illustration Prize 2019 Shortlist

Left to right: Aimee Ferrier, Angus Barker, Catherine Lindow, Sarah Coomer, Lisa Molloy, Kirsty Oxley

Meet the Winner

Kelpies Illustration Prize 2019 Winner - Aimee FerrierAimee Ferrier is an illustrator and former teacher based in Edinburgh. She often uses hand-made textures in her work, which she manipulates digitally. She loves experimenting with non-traditional materials, and can sometimes be found destroying her kitchen with things like shaving foam, Chinese ink and graphite powder.

The judges were swept up in the atmosphere of the Scottish Highlands that Aimee captured in her illustrations, and they were impressed by the variety of interesting compositions and different viewpoints she included in her work. They also appreciated the work involved in both writing and typesetting rhyming text, as they felt it showed a good awareness of the picture book market.





The Winning Entry

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The Prize

We’ve put together a brilliant prize package, designed to support the winner’s development as a children’s book illustrator:

  • A £1,000 cash prize
  • One year of mentoring by an experienced design team
  • Picture Hooks LogoA publishing contract with Floris Books for an illustrated project
  • A ticket to the Picture Hooks 2019 conference, plus £100 towards expenses

You’ll find full details of what’s on offer in our Terms & Conditions.

Previous Winners

Previously focused on book cover design, the Kelpies Illustration Prize (formerly the Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize) was launched in 2014. Find out about our past winners.