Illustrator David McConochie has won the fifth annual Book Illustration Competition, a partnership between The Folio Society and House of Illustration. The prize is a commission worth £5,000 to illustrate The Folio Book of Ghost Stories to be published in September. Competition entrants had to create a cover for the book, and illustrations for three of its stories: The Treasure of Abbot Thomas by MR James, A Tale of an Empty House by EF Benson, and The Upper Berth by F Marion Crawford.
The longlist of 26 can be viewed here and there are some wonderfully atmospheric pictures.
McConochie beat nearly 400 other entries from 24 countries. Runners-up were announced as Emma Buckley, Jamie Clarke, Imogen Clifton, Charlie Dixon and Carrie May.
Susan Hill was on the panel and commented: ‘It has been a great pleasure to be involved in the 2015 Book Illustration Competition, I am so impressed with the standard of entries, the future of the industry looks very bright indeed.’
Editor of the book and panellist Mandy Kirkby commented: ‘David’s illustrations are beautiful and chilling. I think they work so well with the stories which often, as so many ghost stories do, leave a great deal to the imagination. He has closed the gap for the reader, but still leaves a little left over for us to think about.’