As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, King’s Road Publishing imprint Templar Publishing, part of Bonnier Publishing UK, has launched a new prize for aspiring illustrators. No matter if you are a student or self-taught all submissions are welcome.


After running our awards for three consecutive years, we have decided to pause for a year in 2021. 

The competition has gone from strength to strength, and we're keen to give it the time, care, and developmental attention needed to make sure we can improve on what we have achieved so far in providing a space to encourage new talent into the wonderful world of children's illustration. 

Please watch this space over the coming year for any updates on the future of the Templar Design and Illustration Awards.

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We're thrilled to share the live link to our awards ceremony!

The stream aired at 4pm, Thursday 17th September 2020. 

Follow the link below to join us in celebrating our finalists, hearing from our judges, and awarding the final prizes.

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We are now thrilled to announce the final results for the Templar Design and Illustration Awards 2020. Thank you to everyone who submitted your wonderful work, and congratulations to all below!


First Place - Somang Lee

Somang Lee is an illustrator, projection artist and nature lover based in London. Her work is informed by her joy in plants, wildlife and outdoor adventures. She aims to create illustrations that are both beautiful and useful, making use of the wonders of nature to inspire others to get out there and be part of it. Somang honed her craft at the Royal College of Art in 2011 and now works from her studio in the company of studio cats Arty and Spartacus. 

For more information, visit, or follow Somang on Instagram @Somangleestudio

Second Place - Emrys Baker-Bartlett

Emrys Baker-Bartlett is a twenty-year-old third-year illustration student at Falmouth University. Their goal after graduation is to do a Masters in Illustration at Edinburgh University. Within their work, they always aim to create vibrant, quirky and diverse images and tell stories that are often untold. Their dream is to illustrate children’s books about gender identity and neurodivergence, so young people can have the representation they need to feel seen and heard. 

To see their work, follow them on Instagram @greenbeanillustration

Third Place - Suzanne Dore

Suzanne Dore is a freelance graphic designer, illustrator and writer. She graduated in Fine Art (Printmaking), has completed many children’s book illustration online courses and has attended the Cambridge Anglia Ruskin Summer School. She regularly attends SCBWI workshops and is now the Art Director for Words & Pictures (SCBWI British Isles’ online magazine). Suzanne has illustrated work for the National Trust, the University of Oxford and the Royal Philatelic Society. Suzanne was longlisted for Templar Publishing’s Illustration awards in both 2018 and 2019 so 2020 made it a hat-trick year! 

For more information, visit or follow her on Instagram @suzannedore or twitter @su_dore


First Place - Rob Griffiths

Rob Griffiths is an illustrator and painter with over ten years’ of experience and a passion for getting his hands dirty in the pursuit of creating art. Rob’s playful nature stretches far beyond his work (often finding its way onto his already paint-splattered clothes and odd socks) and shapes his outlook on life. Rob’s playfulness helps him search for joyful imperfections while relentlessly trying to keep adult life at arm’s length. Enjoyment is a huge part of his work and he hopes the joy he feels when creating is something which resonates with both adults and children. 

For more information, visit his website or follow Rob on Instagram @rob_g_drawings

Second Place - Roozeboos

Roozeboos, or Anne Roos Kleiss as you might know her in daily life, is a Dutch artist based in Rotterdam, with a love for coffee, wrapping presents and singing in the shower. She has a BA in Illustration from Willem de Kooning Academy and an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. When she is not working in her studio you can find her on a corner of the street with her sketchbook, capturing the world around her. 

For more information, visit

Third Place - Holly Astle

Holly Astle is an illustrator and printmaker based in Cornwall. She works traditionally through printing mediums: lino and screen print are her favourites, but she also loves to work digitally, bringing print and organic textures into each digital piece. Having recently graduated from Falmouth University she hopes to build her illustration career from Falmouth. 

For more information, visit or follow Holly on Instagram @hollyastle


First Place - Sam Rudd

Sam Rudd has a degree in Fine Art from Preston Polytechnic, now the University of Central Lancashire, after which she spent almost twenty-five years working in the studios of greetings-cards companies at a time when artwork meant Rotring pens, cow gum and dark rooms. Seven years ago she was made redundant and since then has been enjoying getting back to her messier beginnings! Sam lives with her family in the lovely Ribble Valley. She enjoys walking her dog every day and being inspired by nature, people and the changing seasons. 

For more information, visit or follow Sam on Instagram @samrudddesign

Second Place - Bethany Chuck

Bethany Chuck graduated from Falmouth University with a first-class degree in Illustration in July 2020. She works with mixed media to produce hand-rendered illustrations that seek to enchant young minds with the wonder of nature and the importance of caring for the people, plants and animals that populate this beautiful planet. She mixes the power of art and of imagination with nuggets of nonsense and a sprinkling of silliness. 

To learn more, visit, find her on Instagram @bethany.chuck.illustration or email her directly at

Third Place - Ellan Rankin

Ellan Rankin is a Northern Irish author/illustrator. She has recently completed a Masters degree in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. A huge animal lover, her picture books often centre around animals, history and silly stories she has read in the news. When not illustrating, she is generally found cuddling her dog, playing video games or thinking about all the foods she would love to eat but probably shouldn’t. 

For more information, visit or follow Ellan on Instagram @EllanRankin

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There will be cash prizes for first, second and third place in each category (Fiction, Non-Fiction and Picture Book) and the winners will be considered for publication on the Templar Books, Big Picture Press, Piccadilly Press and Hot Key Books lists. Please note that there will be one prize for the Fiction category to cover the Hot Key and Piccadilly Press submissions together.

First Place: £750 

Second Place: £500

Third Place: £250 

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The 2020 judging panel will be made up of leading industry professionals. Judges will include:

Katie Scott 

Chris Wormell 

Grahame Baker-Smith 

Bethany Christou 

David Roberts 

Martin Salisbury 

Sophie Hallam 

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The competition opened on 2nd March 2020 and closed on 30th June

A longlist was announced on 20th July,  a shortlist on 17th August, and the winners were announced at an online awards ceremony on 17th September

Templar Illustration and Design Awards 2020

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be previously unpublished in book format. Resident of any country. Applicants must be over 18. One entry per category per person. The work submitted by the applicant must be entirely their own original work. The prizes will be paid in pounds to the winners. Templar reserves the rights to publish any of the prize winners. The work should not be obscene, defamatory or offensive in any manner. The decision of the panel is final. Templar holds the rights to alter the competition and competition prize at any time and will not be held accountable for any said changes. By submitting your artwork you agree to allow Templar to use your artwork in all print and digital advertising relating to the competition and any future competitions.

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Emma Chadwick, winner of the 2018 award, will see her book Douglas and the Land of Far Away published in January 2022.

Paula White, winner of the 2019 award, will see her book Bread, Buns and Biscuits published in October 2021.

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Katie Scott 

Katie Scott is an award winning illustrator from London. She graduated from the University of Brighton in 2011 and her first book Animalium was published by Big Picture Press in 2014. It was chosen as the Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Year. Katie is also the illustrator of Botanicum and Fungarium, both produced in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Katie’s work draws influences from traditional medical and botanical illustration, both in aesthetic and subject matter.

Chris Wormell 

Chris Wormell is a master craftsman print-maker, specialising in wood engraving and linocut techniques, as well as his own digital versions of these crafts. The results are timeless, meticulous and utterly authentic, evoking nostalgia for traditional techniques that are increasingly unique in today’s world. He is completely self-taught, having never went to art college or had any formal training, making his obvious raw talent all the more enchanting.
Working for a diverse collection of clients worldwide, Chris’s unmistakable style has lent itself to some incredible projects that have been highly commend throughout the industry. Notably he illustrated Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust, which won Waterstones Book of the Year 2017. He also illustrated the cover of H is for Hawk which won a string of prizes including the Costa Book of the Year 2014 and the Samuel Johnson Prize 2014, and more recently created the breath-taking artwor for Planetarium, which won the Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize in 2019.

Grahame Baker-Smith 
Grahame Baker-Smith is a self-taught illustrator from Oxford who completed his training at Berkshire School of Art. He has worked in illustration for more than twenty years and in 2011 won the Greenaway Medal for his inspiring tale of fatherhood, FArTHER. He has illustrated three other picture books for Templar: the Greenaway shortlisted Leon and the Place Between, The Winter's Child and The Rhythm of the Rain, which won the 4–7 non-fiction category at the English 4–11 Picture Book Awards in 2019.

Bethany Christou 
Bethany Christou is an exciting new talent in the world of children's writing and illustrating. She graduated from the Cambridge School of Art in 2016 and her debut picture book Slow Samson (Templar, 2019) was highly commended for the Macmillan Prize in 2016, as well as being shortlisted for New Designer of the Year. Slow Samson has been translated into six languages and Bethany’s second book Nervous Nigel will be published in 2020.

David Roberts 

David Roberts has illustrated a large number of books with such authors as Philip Ardagh (Eddie Dickens and Unlikely Exploits), Chris Priestley (Tales of Terror), Mick Jackson (Ten Sorry Tales and The Bears of England), Susan Price (Olly Spellmaker), Tom Baker (The Boy Who Kicked Pigs), Sally Gardner (Wings & Co: The Fairy Detective Agency), as well as reprint covers for Enid Blyton's St. Clare’s series.

David Roberts has created many picture books with other writers, such as Julia Donaldson for Tyrannosaurus Drip, The Troll, Jack and the Flum Flum Tree, The Flying Bath, and The Cook and the King. Other picture books include Andrea Beaty’s Iggy Peck, Architect, Rosie Revere, Ada Twist, and Sofia Valdez; The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; The Beginners Guide to Bear Spotting by Michelle Robinson. Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway medal in 2007 for Little Red by Lynn Roberts. For The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman, in 2010. For Tinder by Sally Gardner in 2015 and most recently for Suffragette: The Battle for Equality in 2019.

David also created the Dirty Bertie character, who first appeared in Dirty Bertie (2002) and Pooh! Is That You, Bertie? (2004). Alongside Alan MacDonald, he has created the hugely successful 33-book series, which has sold in over 27 territories and recently been optioned for television. In 2019, David wrote and illustrated Suffragette: The Battle for Equality, which received an honourable mention for Non-Fiction at the 2020 Bologna Ragazzi Awards.

Martin Salisbury 

Martin Salisbury is Professor of Illustration at Cambridge School of Art in Anglia Ruskin University, where he designed the internationally renowned MA Children’s Book Illustration programme. He studied illustration at Maidstone College of Art in the 1970s before working as an illustrator and painter for many years. 

He is the author of a number of books on the practical and theoretical aspects of illustration which have been published in numerous languages around the world, including the recently published second edition of Children’s Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling (Laurence King Publishing) in collaboration with Morag Styles and One Hundred Great Picturebooks (Laurence King publishing, 2015). In 2017 his book, The Illustrated Dust Jacket: 1920-1970 became a Thames & Hudson best seller.

He has a particular interest in bringing understanding and appreciation of the art of illustration and picturebook-making to a wider audience, writing columns in publications  such as the Literary Review and The Guardian newspaper. He has acted as chair of the international jury at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, a member of the jury at the CJ Picturebook Awards (Seoul) and the Global Illustration Awards (China). 

        Sophie Hallam 
Sophie Hallam has been a member of IBBY UK since 2014 and was elected on to IBBY International’s Executive Committee in 2018. The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organisation which represents a network of 80+ countries committed to excellence in children’s books, to supporting literacy and reading projects around the world, and developing international understanding through literature. Sophie has over ten years’ experience in children’s publishing and literacy promotion. Her academic research has focused on the wider socio-political and economic issues surrounding publishing, diversity and representation. Sophie also works as a children’s book consultant and editor. /