National Non-Fiction November 2017 Competition Winner Announced

To fit in with the ‘The World Around Us’ theme, our poster design competition was inspired by a beautiful picture book called Lots (Walker) written by award-winning Nicola Davies and illustrated by Emily Sutton. We were absolutely delighted to receive over 470 entries, submitted by book groups, schools and libraries from all over the country. For full details of the competition see (here).

It was a very difficult task selecting a shortlist from that number, particularly as there was such a high standard in all of the age categories.  But the FCBG judges eventually chose 25 outstanding posters which were forwarded to Nicola and Emily to select the category winners, as well as the overall winner. The full shortlist can now be seen (here).

After much deliberation Nicola and Emily selected the following winners:

5-7 years: Thomas, Loddon Primary School (Reading)

8-11 years: Nicholas and Benjamin, Fairways Primary School (Leigh on Sea)

12 plus: Lily, Pembroke School (Bush, Pembroke)

Many congratulations to the overall winner, Thomas, Loddon Primary School (Reading)!

Great care and attention was paid by the judges, who provided comments on all of the shortlisted entries.

This is what they said about the category winners:

Emily commented that Thomas’s poster was fun and beautifully composed. Its ‘charming image … gets across the message with no words needed. Overall winner for me is Thomas – such a simple but effective image with a message of love for the planet.’ Nicola added ‘this is my heart favourite … it doesn’t need words but the emotional image says so much more.’

In the case of Nicholas and Benjamin’s poster, Emily described it as ‘very eye catching and visually exciting … with a strong message on the importance of bees. I love the use of collage here and particularly the delicate pencil details on the bees’ wings.’ Nicola added that their poster had ‘a really strong image with a great achievable goal’.

Emily liked the ‘good, strong composition’ and ‘the use of collage’ in Lily’s category winning poster.

A final word from one of the winning schools: ‘Great competition, which has been popular with the students, and encouraged them to think in more detail about the natural world and its conservation.’ (Liz Smith, Pembroke and member of West Wales Children’s Book)

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Walker Books, Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton for supporting this competition.

A fuller version of this report will appear in our next Newsletter.

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