Winner of Bridgeman Studio Award 2016 announced

Bridgeman Images press release.

Bridgeman Images, the art licensing specialists, are delighted to announce that the grand prize for the Bridgeman Studio Award 2016 goes to Aitch. The Romanian born illustrator wins a £1,000 front cover commission for Rosie Garland’s new book published by the The Borough Press, an imprint of HarperCollins, for her entry on the theme of night. The book will be released in both hardback and paperback in mid-2017.

The judging took place on 16 July with Rosie Garland (Author), Claire Ward(Creative Director Fiction and Non Fiction – HarperCollins), Susie Doore (Publishing Director – The Borough Press), Patrick Burgoyne (Editor – Creative Review),Victoria Bridgeman (CEO Bridgeman images) and Lucy Baxter (Commercial Director – selecting from a shortlist of 80 entries.

There was a wealth of talent on display but there could only be one winner. Aitch’s entry instantly captivated the judges, convincing them that they’d found an artist that could offer a commercially-driven and visually eye-catching cover design commission.

Aitch says; “Winning the 2016 Bridgeman Studio Award was such a wonderful surprise. Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to work with The Borough Press and Rosie Garland, superdupercurious about the manuscript!  

Read more about the judging process

Runners Up

Three runners up selected by the judges are Robert Hunter, Isabel Grosse Holtworth andMary Kuper who each will receive a £50 gift voucher from and a selection of books from HarperCollins.

Lucy Innes Williams, Bridgeman Artists Manager says; “Seeing such talent entering the competition each day has been a truly creative inspiration and I look forward to cherry picking the best of these artists to join Bridgeman Studio for image licensing. With nearly 1,000 entries from across the globe the reach of the competition has been amazing.

Bridgeman Studio – a growing portfolio of contemporary art for licensing & commissions

Bridgeman Studio provides licensing and management for contemporary artists, offering copyright clearance, reproduction and marketing services for their images. It was launched in April 2014 and has a growing portfolio of accessible contemporary art for image licensing and creative commissions. Two years on they have 200 artists and nearly 14,000 images.

The Bridgeman Studio Award was launched in 2014 to uncover emerging image-making talent supported by Creative Review. Selected artists entering the competition have consequently been offered representation on the Bridgeman Studio platform.

Notes to editors

About Bridgeman Images

The world’s rights-managed specialists in reproducing and licensing art to creative professionals. Over the past 42 years they have built up a global client base through their offices in London, New York, Paris and Berlin, representing leading museums and artists for copyright. Bridgeman passes along 50% of the reproduction fee back to its museum, collection and artist partners.

For more information contact Lucy Innes Williams, Bridgeman Artists Manager

About HarperCollins Publishers

With a heritage stretching back nearly 200 years, HarperCollins is one of the world’s foremost book publishers, with a catalogue ranging from cutting-edge contemporary fiction to award-winning apps and everything in between.

About The Borough Press

An imprint of Harper Collins, The Borough Press launched in January 2014 and is home of critically acclaimed authors such as Lionel Shriver, Tracy Chevalier and Louisa Young. It is also the fertile ground to nurture new voices that they believe will be the stalwarts of tomorrow.