Who can enter
Undergraduate, postgraduate or foundation students studying at any university or college in the United Kingdom are eligible to enter the Batsford Prize.
Entrants must have been a student at any time between September 2019 and March 2021.
Students of any Fine Art subject, including but not limited to:
- Fine Art
Applied Art and Textiles
Students of any Applied Art subject, including but not limited to:
- Applied Art
- Fashion Design
Students of any Illustration subject, including but not limited to:
- Fashion Illustration
- Graphic Design
- Visual Communication
- Students of illustration subjects focusing on children’s illustration.
The theme for the Batsford Prize 2020–2021 is ‘Our Planet’
The judges 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.
Submitting your entry
Entries should comprise:
- Up to 7 digital images of the work, OR a digital version of a picture book/graphic novel, OR a video (plus optional stills)
- A supporting statement of up to 500 words (to be included on the entry form). What the judges are looking for in the statement is a bit more information about the work’s media, techniques used, the creative process, inspiration and what the student thinks the meaning of the work is, if any.
Entries will be accepted via Zealous from January 2021. (Link to follow)
File types accepted are JPEG and PDF. For video entries, please submit a link to where judges can view the video online.
You can submit one image of your work or more (up to seven). Examples of additional images to support your entry include close-up details of your work or images illustrating your creative process.
The submitted work should be original to the student and any copyright cleared (if necessary).
Both works created as a part of the student’s coursework and personal works are accepted for entry. Professional works created for clients or due to be published in a professional context will not be accepted.
There’s a limit of two entries per person per category. A work cannot be entered into multiple categories, but a student can enter a different work into a different category where relevant. A series or collection of work will be considered as one entry even if it includes several pieces of work.
We do accept joint entries. The prize will be split between each team member in the case of a winning joint entry.
The last day for entries is 31 March 2021.
The judging process
The Batsford Prize is judged by industry professionals, except for the People’s Choice Award which is voted for by the public. Shortlisted entrants will be notified in April 2021. This year’s award will be digital only. The shortlisted work will be displayed in a digital exhibition and the public will be invited to vote for their favourite. The winners of the Batsford Prize 2020–2021, including the People’s Choice Award will be announced in May–June 2021.
Entries to the Batsford Prize 2020 award
All entries for the postponed Batsford Prize 2020 award will be automatically rolled over to the 2020–2021 award. To allow students to enter new work, we have changed the limit of entries to two per student per category. We have also extended the eligibility criteria to allow anyone who were a student between September 2019 and March 2021 to enter.
HOW WE USE YOUR DATA
We reserve the right to publish shortlisted entrants’ works, name, course and college to promote the Batsford Prize. We will always include a credit.
Your personal details will only be used for communicating with you about the award only, unless you opt in to receive the Batsford email newsletter. We will contact the tutor you have specified on your entry form about the award should you be shortlisted.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘BATSFORD PRIZE’ as the email subject.