Today it was announced that Laura Carlin is the winner of the Biennal of Illustrations Bratislava 2015. She was born 1980, graduated from The Royal College of Art in 2004 and lives in London. She illustrates regularly for The New Yorker,The Boston Globe, The Guardian and The New York Times. Her contributions at the biennal were two works, A World of your own and Iron Man with text by Ted Hughes.
Illustrators from 50 countries participated in BIB – this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. Roger Mello from Brazil, winner of HC Andersen award 2014, was the chairman of the international jury consisting of eleven experts and for the first time since beginning of the 1990th. Sweden was represented in the jury by the illustrator and IBBY-board member Helena Bergendahl.
– It’s fantastic to discover illustrations from countries I did not previously knew so much about. As for the grand prix winner Laura Carlin, she has long been one of my absolute favorites, sensitive and innovative, but at the same time with a strong graphic expression. She is an amazing image storyteller and uses contrasts in color and perspective.
If you intend to visit the Göteborg Book Fair, you have the opportunity to meet Laura Carlin in person Friday September 25 3 pm when she is taking part in a conversation on visual languages and picture books with Karie Kanstad Johnsen (Norway) and Beatrice Alemagna (France/Italy).
The BIB jury gave The Honorary Mention for the Support of the Development of Picture Book Publication to KAN YA Ma KAN for the publication of The Black Fish by Rose Shoumali. BIB is one of the oldest international honours for children’s book illustrators. Eleven awards are made, including a grand prix for unique and outstanding illustration. The work is displayed in an exhibition in Bratislava from 4 September to 29 October and a catalogue is published. The winner of the Grand Prix BIB receives 3 000 USD; the five Golden Apples BIB receive 1 500 USD each and the five BIB Plaques receive 1 000 USD each.