Book Illustration Competition 2018: winner and shortlist announced

We have a winner! Plus an excellent shortlist and this year's People's Choice Award winning entry...


  • Competitions

We're thrilled to announce Max Löffler as the winner of the eighth annual Book Illustration Competition – a unique partnership between us and The Folio Society.

Max was named the winner of the prize, a prestigious commission worth £5,000 to illustrate Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by eminent Holmesian Helen Dorey, at an exclusive ceremony held at House of Illustration on Tuesday 20th February. Löffler’s winning entry (below) was selected by a panel of judges,  from over 450 entries received from 48 countries. 

At the ceremony, Helen Dorey said: ‘The standard of the entries was universally high and is a tribute to the universal appeal of Sherlock Holmes. Max Löffler’s illustrations elegantly express the essence of the stories with an added element of mystery that makes them utterly compelling.’

The shortlisted artists, who each receive £500, are Andy Potts (UK), Andrew Pinder (UK), Harry Woodgate (UK, Student), Erik Freij (Sweden, Student) and Zuzana Cupová (Czech Republic, Student). Clicj to enlarge the images below. 

Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, illustrated by Max Löffler, will be available from The Folio Society in October 2018.

In an award separate from the judges' selection - and voted for by 3,681 members of the public online - this year's People's Choice is Svetlana Boiko from Russia. She will receive books worth £100 from The Folio Society and a year’s membership to House of Illustration.