Illustration Awards: Dame Jacqueline Wilson to judge 2016 competition

jaqueline_wilsonWe are just thrilled to announce that the former Children’s Laureate, one of the nation’s favourite authors and a writer with as strong a claim as any to the title of “National Treasure” – Dame Jacqueline Wilson – will be judging the published categories of the 2016 V&A Illustration Awards.

Alongside Dame Wilson will be: Patrick Burgoyne, editor of the Creative Review, and Annabel Judd, the V&A’s Director of Design.

The Student Illustrator of the Year category will also be judged by two leading industry experts: Ruth Prickett, editor of Illustration Magazine and Rafaela Romaya, Artistic Director at Canongate Books.

Over the years, Illustration Magazine has championed Student Illustration in the UK through its ‘Graduates’ column, showcasing emerging talent from the UK’s art schools.

Rafaela Romaya is an award-winning designer whose collaboration with the illustrator, Yehrin Tong on The Book of Strange New Things, won the 2015 V&A Illustration Award for Book Cover Design.




Share of Female Creative Leaders Winning Awards Rises in Ad Annual

The profile of women in agency creative departments appears to have grown, based on the results of the 2013 Communication Arts Advertising Annual. Female creative directors accounted for 11.5 percent of all award winners compared to 3.6 percent in 2004.

Kat Gordon, founder of the industry female empowerment event, the 3% Conference, looked at the CA credits, nine years after University of Texas graduate student Kasey Windels conducted her own dissertation survey of CA Advertising Annual winners and found that only 3 percent were women. Of the 2004 total, 11.6 percent were copywriters and 9.6 percent were art directors.

The recent uptick could mean that more women are now entering their work in CA’s annual competition, according to the 3% Conference. Also, there may be greater awareness of how women influence the consumer marketplace, making judges more likely to award work with a female sensibility.

Three women served as judges for CA's latest Advertising Annual, out of a total of nine—the same proportion as in 2004. The publication received 4,356 entries.

While the CA winners are an industry indicator, the 3% Conference said that the ad business needs a better benchmark because the annual awards issue may not include the contributions of freelance female creative directors, in-house CDs, digital CDs, design directors, experience design directors, creative technologists, PR CDs and motion graphics CDs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not measure "creative director" as a job title, so there's no official yardstick to measure gender breakout.

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