We are delighted to announce Darya Shnykina as the winner of the Book Illustration Competition 2017 – a student of the Moscow State University of Printing Arts.

Darya was presented with a prestigious commission worth £5,000, to illustrate The Folio Society’s new edition of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, by eminent historian Lucy Worsley during a ceremony at House of Illustration on Thursday 23 February.

The rest of the shortlist, who each receive a £500 prize, were announced as Natasa Ilincic (Italy), Katie Ponder (UK), Meizhen Xu (Germany), Alexandru Savescu (Romania) and Pedro Silmon (UK).

We also announced Katie Ponder as the winner of the first ever Visitors’ Choice Award. Thanks to over 1,500 of you who voted.

An exhibition of all 23 longlisted entries continues at House of Illustration until 12 March 2017.

About the competition

The Book Illustration Competition is a unique partnership between House of Illustration and The Folio Society that seeks to identify and promote new talent in illustration. The competition is open to illustrators over the age of 18, both student and professional, who have not been previously published by The Folio Society.

This year we asked entrants to submit three illustrations and a binding design for Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. The new edition, featuring illustrations by the winner, will be published by The Folio Society in October 2017.

The Book Illustration Competition was launched in 2011 and has received thousands of entries from over 44 countries. For more information on past competition winners go to the Previous Winners website.

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