Criteria for entry:

Who can enter
The work must be the work of an undergraduate, postgraduate or foundation student, studying at any university or college in the United Kingdom.

Fine art and applied art
Students of any fine art or applied art subject, including:

• Fine art
• Applied art
• Textiles
• Design
• Craft
• Photography

Students of any fashion subject, including:

• Fashion design
• Fashion photography
• Costume design
• Fashion jewellery

Students of any illustration subject, including:

• Illustration
• Drawing
• Fashion illustration
• Graphic design
• Visual communication

Children’s Illustration
Students of illustration subjects focusing on children’s illustration

The theme:

The theme for the Batsford Prize 2017 is Interpreting Nature

We are looking for entries that show innovative and well-crafted interpretations of nature in terms of subject or materials used, or a combination of the two. The work should reveal something about nature and our relationship to it.

Submitting your entry:

Entries should comprise of:

Up to 5 digital images of the work
OR a digital version of a picture book/graphic novel
OR a video (you can either send us a URL for viewing the video online or send us the video via file transfer e.g. WeTransfer or Dropbox

AND a supporting statement of up to 500 words (to be included on the entry form).

To download the entry form, please click here.

Last day for entries is 4 April 2017.

The submitted work should be original to the student and any copyright cleared (if necessary). Both works created as a part of the students coursework and personal works are accepted for entry.

There’s a limit of one entry per person.

To submit your artwork, please send us the requested material along with the entry form at with ‘BATSFORD PRIZE ENTRY’ as the email subject. Attachments must not exceed 10mb.

Judges: Adam Hargreaves, Alice Pattullo, Cas Holmes, Gemma A. Williams, Vaughan Grylls, Neil Dunnicliffe and Tina Persaud

Shortlisted entrants will be notified in April 2017, and the winners will be announced in May 2017. Shortlisted entrants and their tutors will be invited to attend the award event, which is held in London on the 10th May (evening).

Batsford reserves the right to use entered work for promoting the award. Entrants will be credited.

If you have any questions, please email with ‘BATSFORD PRIZE’ as the email subject.