Illustrator Aitch wins Bridgeman Studio Award 2016

Bridgeman Studio provides licensing and management for contemporary artists, including illustrators and photographers, offering copyright clearance, reproduction and marketing services for their images.

For the third year, CR has partnered with Bridgeman Images, the art licensing specialists, for the The Bridgeman Studio Award. The scheme aims to uncover new and emerging talent which might benefit from the services that the Bridgeman Studio platform has to offer. Three additional partners were on board for this year: online gift and art platform and publishers The Borough Press and HarperCollins.

The grand prize this year was a £1,000 commission to illustrate the cover image for the next book by Rosie Garland, published by The Borough Press, an imprint of HarperCollins. We asked entrants to submit images on the theme of ‘night’: there were over 1000 in response, with 20 countries represented in the 80 shortlisted entries. “I’m moved that so many artists found their imagination sparked by the idea of ‘Night’ and want to see their work on the cover of my book,” says author Rosie Garland. “Although I’d like to have seen every entry, the time it took to review the shortlist showed me that would have been impossible. There was such an astonishing variety of work presented, and the task of choosing a winner took hours!”

The judges

Judging took place at the News Building, HarperCollins’ HQ at London Bridge. “The standard this year was a real step up,” says CR editor Patrick Burgoyne who was one of the judges. “It’s fantastic to see how the quality of the work submitted to the Bridgeman Studio Award has increased year by year.”

Eventually, the judges agreed that Romanian illustrator Aitch would be the best choice for Garland’s cover. “I am delighted that Aitch has won the commission,” Garland says. “I really warmed to her submission. I am struck by the interplay of darkness and intense colour in her work. In particular, I love the way she visualises Night as more than monochrome. After all, Night can be the backdrop against which fireworks burn their brightest.”

There were three runners-up – Robert Hunter, Isabel Grosse Holtworth and Mary Kuper – who each receive a £50 gift voucher from and a selection of books from HarperCollins.

Judges: Rosie Garland (Author), Claire Ward (Creative Director Fiction and Non Fiction, HarperCollins), Susie Doore (Publishing Director, The Borough Press), Patrick Burgoyne (Editor, CR), Victoria Bridgeman (CEO Bridgeman images) and Lucy Baxter (Commercial Director, See

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