The Kelpies Prize for Illustration

2020 Winner Announced

Massive congratulations to Leanne Goodall, the winner of the Kelpies Prize for Illustration 2020!

Entrants to this year’s prize were asked to submit five illustrations for a children’s book about “My Scotland”.

You can find out more about Leanne and view her work below, or download the press release.

Leanne Goodall

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Leanne Goodall grew up in Argyll and is now a student at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. She is inspired by the wilderness, the wildlife and the mythology of Scotland and loves exploring new places. She works with a variety of materials, but likes to specialise in digital painting with a drawing tablet, which allows her to really capture the magic wherever she goes.

Leanne’s fantastic creatures captivated the judges. They were wowed by the beautiful renderings of Scottish landscapes, and the fluid movement captured in the compositions. The judges commended the sense of magic and wonder conveyed in each illustration, coupled with atmospheric depictions of iconic Scottish myths and legends.

Award Ceremony

The winners were announced at a virtual award ceremony on Thursday 13th May. You can watch the recording here.

History of the Kelpies Prize for Illustration

The Kelpies Prize for Illustration was launched in 2014 as the Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize. Previously focused on cover design, entrants were asked to submit a complete design for the cover of a Kelpies book. In 2019, we changed the format of the prize to reflect our new aims of nurturing and developing children’s illustrators in Scotland, asking entrants to submit a selection of illustrations suitable for a children’s book as opposed to a cover design. In addition, we introduced an all-new prize package including a mentoring programme with our experienced design team.

Find out about our past winners.