The Book Illustration Competition 2015

The winner and five runners-up of The Book Illustration Competition 2015

We are delighted to announce the winner and five runners-up of The Book Illustration Competition 2015. The longlist of 26 can be viewed here. We had around 400 entries from 24 countries and were impressed by the very high standard of work.

This year's book is The Folio Book of Ghost Stories, which will be illustrated by the winner and published later in 2015. To find out more about it, and for further information on The Book Illustration Competition, click here. To find out about and sign up for future House of Illustration competitions please subscribe to our newsletter.


 The Winner

David McConochie

David McConochie is originally from Durham; since coming to London in 2005 to complete an MA in Illustration at Central Saint Martins, he has been working freelance from his studio in East London. His work has been applied across various printed media, from book covers to a limited edition postage stamp for the Royal Mail.



Carrie May

Carrie May is an illustrator who studied at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art. Her illustrations are brought to life with colour and texture and she adds beautiful embellishments to create charm, depth and character to all manner of subjects. She produces illustrations for book jackets, editorial features and advertising, contemporary stationery and greetings cards.


Charlie Dixon

Charlie Dixon has been drawing since before he can remember. Through detailed, hand-drawn illustrations he always aims to convey atmosphere and tone with underlying narratives. His strong interests in the organic and the otherworldly, and his penchant for the dark or bizarre often comes through in his work. In his developing style, a love of rendering and realism is fused with a more experimental and abstract side to create striking imagery that could be viewed within a book, magazine or gallery. Music is Charlie’s other my other main passion, and he loves to drum as well as draw.


Jamie Clarke

Designer and illustrator Jamie Clarke discovered that his love of drawing letters allowed him to combine his creative skills to produce expressive type that tells stories. After ten years as Creative Director of his own digital agency, Jamie decided to retrain. He studied Type Design at Reading University and Letterpress at the St. Bride Foundation. Currently living in Sydney, Jamie also runs the popular TypeWorship blog and writes about typography for several publications. He is seeking new illustration commissions.


Emma Buckley

Emma Buckley is currently a second-year Illustration student at the University of the West of England. She likes to experiment with a variety of traditional media to create her work, and enjoys exploring macabre subject matter. Her art reveals a passion for gothic literature which begun when she read Wuthering Heights at school. Her favourite author is Angela Carter, who inspired her to pursue magic realist themes in her art, particularly the concept of reconstructed memories which was the primary focus of her latest project – ‘Memento’.


Imogen Clifton

Imogen Clifton is in the final year of a BA (Hons) in Illustration at the University of the West of England. She has always excelled at art; she was awarded the Art Scholarship at school and then, in her Art Foundation year, the prize for the most outstanding student. She is inspired by atmospheric landscapes and is currently working on two children’s books that she has written herself. In her work, she aims to transcend the boundary between children’s and adults’ illustration. After graduating, Imogen plans to move to San Francisco, where she hopes to immerse herself in the illustration scene and get her books published.