Serco Prize for Illustration winners

The London Transport Museum’s Serco Prize for Illustration was won by Anne Wilson with Winding through the City. Illustrators were asked to create an image featuring the River Thames

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The London Transport Museum’s Serco Prize for Illustration was won by Anne Wilson with Winding through the City. Illustrators were asked to create an image featuring the River Thames

Anne Wilson, who has illustrated a number of children’s books and is oriiginally from Ascension Island, won the £2000 Gold award. Her illustration will be reproduced as a poster for sale through the Transport Museum shop.

Melvyn Evans won the silver prize of £1,000 for Thames People and Tides.


The bronze prize of £750 went to Liz Rowland, who is a student at University College Falmouth for London Banquet

The competition was organised by London Transport Museum in partnership with the Association of Illustrators and sponsored by services provider Serco. A selection of 50 of the shortlisted illustrations will be on display at the London Transport Museum until June 3.



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  • Oliver

    The third one is the best by far – fresh clever idea. Students have good ideas and are not afraid to just do it unlike the other two that look too designed in my opinion.

  • Decimal

    I’d agree the third illustration has the best concept but the execution could’ve been developed further. The detail in the first and second places gives you more to look at. I especially like the style of the second one with the cut-away Tate Modern and Tube station.

  • The “london” table is the best. Liz Rowland, bravo! We agree with decimal for the other two. good works. And we love London!

  • Abi

    I really like the winning piece; it was a well deserved win I think. I love the second prize piece too.

    The style of the third isn’t really my personal taste but the concept is fantastic and it’s great to see a variety of styles in the three winning pieces.

  • fryn

    The first one seems to rather hilariously be imply that the Thames in incredibly polluted? I wonder if it is meant to be so. Also ite makes London seem rather dense and over crowded. I prefer the second one myself.

  • Personal preference but I like the second design. The first one does not show any of Londons ‘green areas’ and the third I think is a little lacking in content.

    Personal preference as I say, but that is my 2C worth.

  • rob

    The winning piece is well deserved, there is a charm about it that I love. Overall they are all great pieces.

  • Utterly charming, all three!

  • lovely works, the second placed one is my fave 😉

  • Christopher Brown

    Good to see that Niave, Outsider & in particular 50’s Art is now back in fashion.

    Andy Warhol will be spinning in his grave.

    Albeit nice work overall… thumbs up from me.

  • 2true

    I always think of London as an exciting place but don’t feel that any of these designs give that impression or would encourage anyone except a retired librarian to visit…as often as not the pseudo conceptuals who have probably never done more than taken a bus ride through London miss the point. Lowery would be proud
    that his matchstick men are still doing the rounds…and London Transport are getting cheap posters from long suffering student illustrators 😉

  • Aaron

    The second one is far superior in my opinion but I’m not keen on the hand drawn, naive aesthetic of any of them. The third one simply offends my eyes.