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batsford prize 2020-2021


The Batsford Prize 2020–2021

Leading art book publisher Batsford presents The Batsford Prize 2020–2021. The award is open for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at a UK institution, with over £5,000 of prizes to be won.

There are four categories to enter, with a £500 cash prize for the winner of each category:

  • Applied Art and Textiles
  • Fine Art
  • Illustration
  • Children’s Illustration (presented by Pavilion Children’s Books)

Plus, new for this year:

  • The People’s Choice Award

A new award where the public chooses the winner from the shortlisted entries. There’s a £500 cash prize for the winner and books to win for those who vote.


The theme for the Batsford Prize 2020–2021 is ‘Our Planet’. We are looking for entries that show innovative and well-crafted interpretations of the theme, in terms of subject or materials used, or a combination of the two. There is no restriction on the medium used, and we accept both entries that have been made as a part of coursework as well as personal work.


There are over £5,000 worth of prizes to be won.

The winners in each category will receive a £500 cash prize.

Winners will also receive £50 worth of Batsford books for themselves and £500 worth of books for their college. Two runners up in each category will receive £50 worth of books.

More information on how to enter here.