We are the Winners of the Victoria & Albert Museum Illustration Awards Best Book 2013

We’re honored to have been named the Winners of the the V&A Illustration Awards - best book - for our illustrations for “Eugene Onegin” by Alexander Pushkin, published by the Folio Society, London 2012. The 2013 V&A Illustration Awards Ceremony was held on 3rd June at the famous London museum. Supported by the Enid Linder Foundation, the annual awards have been running since 1972, paying tribute to the best published illustrations of the year in UK. The awards are governed by four categories. Within these categories were 18 artists, each shortlisted for the coveted prizes. This year’s published category judges were artist and designer Lady Dyson, lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe, artist Lucy Woodroffe, editor of Stylist magazine Lisa Smosarski, and V&A Director of Design Moira Gemmill. The judges called our illustrations, ‘Elegant and unusual, immediately appealing images with imagination, mystery and a pinch of spooky fantasy’.  There will be a corresponding free exhibition from 3rd June – 1st December, in the V&A’s 20th-Century galleries, lever 3, room 76, to present original artwork and published work by winners artists from all four categories. The full list of winners of the 2013 V&A Illustration Awards is as follows:

Book Illustration Award Anna and Elena Balbusso for Eugene Onegin (Folio Society)
Editorial Award and Overall Winner George Butler for Syria: The Point of No Return (Guardian News and Media Ltd)
Book Cover Illustration Award Pietari Posti for Swallows and Amazons (Vintage)
Best Student Illustration Grace Helmer for The Fugitive
Student Runner-Up Minho Kwon for The Neo Arts and Crafts Movement

We would like to thank the jury, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Enid Linder Foundation and a special thanks to The Folio Society that believed in us for this wonderful project.