V&A Illustration Awards
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I was at the Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum in London last weekend, and whilst wandering the galleries came upon a small exhibition for the V&A's annual illustration awards. I was not previously aware of these awards. They're not exclusively for illustrations associated with books, but one of the awards was for book illustrations and the another for best book cover.
Now whilst these are not awards for the literary content of books, they are still, I think, highly relevant. As much as we might dismiss their influence, book covers are extremely important in influencing the books we choose to read, and even the perception we might have about a book. This award celebrates book design as an art form in itself. What caught my eye was the fact that with winner of the book cover award, was for a novel I'd read, and whose cover design I had admired. The winner was Boxer Beetle by Ned Beauman, whose original hardback cover was created by Lorenzo Petrantoni.
The book illustration award went to Laura Carlin Illustrations for the 2010 Walker Books edition of The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.
Other recent winners of the best cover include:
2010: Marion Deuchars for Burmese Days by George Orwell, Penguin Modern Classics, 2009
2009: Swava Harasymowicz for Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin, Penguin Classics, 2008
2007: Paul Bower for Barcelona Plates by Alexei Sayle, Hodder & Stoughton, 2007
2006: Tim Moore & Xiao for Mammals by Pierre Merot, Canongate Books, 2006
2005: Bill Sanderson & Steve Snider for The Flood by David Maine, Canongate Books
2004: Sara Fanelli for Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, Walker Books, 2003
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