The Five Mile Press congratulates Suzanne Houghton, the Illustrator Prize winner for 2015. Suzanne has beaten more than 100 other aspiring book illustrators to win a $4000 publishing contract for a book to be published in 2016.
Publisher and Acting Managing Director Kay Scarlett said the selection committee could easily have worked with all the other shortlisted entrants but that Suzanne’s entry kept standing out because of the inherent humour and characterisation in her drawings. “We could all see how readily it would translate into a picture book and appeal to an international audience,” Scarlett explained.
Scarlett said she appreciates the time all the illustrators took to send in their entries and The Five Mile Press could happily work with the other shortlisted illustrators in the future. “We would certainly like to keep those illustrators in mind for upcoming projects and also encourage those who entered to try another year.
The Five Mile Press publishes more than 180 children’s titles each year and has helped to establish Australian illustrators such as Jedda Robaard, Lisa Kerr and Natalie Marshall on the local and overseas market.
The winner of the 2014 Inaugural Five Mile Press Illustrator Prize, Lucinda Gifford, will have her book―Arthur and the Curiosity―published early next year. A book by one of last year’s short-listed illustrators is also slated for mid-2016.
After studying Graphic Design at University, travelling and getting married, Suzanne has finally returned to her true passion of painting. The influence of raising her own children is clear in her work but it has also cemented her love for children's illustration. Suzanne’s winning artwork was created using watercolours.
When not painting or chasing after her family, Suzanne loves to potter in the garden or take ballroom dancing classes. Suzanne claims there is always at least one member of her family covered in paint, texta, glitter or glue and that's just how she likes it.