Bridgeman Studio Award winner

Illustrator Katie Edwards wins the inaugural Bridgeman Studio Award, a new scheme to uncover emerging imagemaking talent supported by Creative Review

Illustrator Katie Edwards wins the inaugural Bridgeman Studio Award, a new scheme to uncover emerging imagemaking talent supported by Creative Review


Katie (above) is an English illustrator living in London who studied Graphic Arts and Design at Leeds Metropolitan University. Katie has previously produced illustrations for editorial, publishing, advertising and design purposes, and has been featured in a number of galleries. Her clients include Mail on Sunday, Saturday Times, Radio Times, National Australia Bank and Boss Card’s.

“I am delighted to be the winner of the first Bridgeman Studio Award!” she says. “I’m excited to start working with Bridgman Studio to open new windows of opportunity in my illustration career.”

Katie wins for her interpretation of our theme of ‘Joy’, shown top. Here’s a little more of her work (more here)


Bridgeman Studio is a new image licensing and managing platform for contemporary artists, including illustrators and photographers, offering copyright clearance, reproduction and marketing services for their images. CR partnered with Bridgeman Studio on the Bridgeman Studio Award 2014. The idea was to uncover emerging creative talent who might benefit from the services that Bridgeman can offer.

We asked entrants to show us what ‘joy’ means to them. Entrants were allowed to submit up to five single pieces of original artwork on the theme, which were assessed on their ability to be licensed as a book cover, CD/album artwork and as a standalone piece of art.

Our judges were Bridgeman Studio manager Lucy Innes Williams, digital marketing director Alan Firmin , Jenny Wen, director of merchandising at, Jonas Almgren, CEO at Artfinder, CR editor Patrick Burgoyne and Victoria Bridgeman, CEO of Bridgeman Images.

Of our winner, Victoria Bridgeman says, “her images embodied the joyful theme of the competition, as well as displaying technical skill and a commercial sensibility. The judging panel felt Katie’s witty images worked for product use, as well being broad enough for multiple licensing uses and works of art in their own right.

“We had a thoroughly good time judging the variety of content that came in from all the Studio Award entrants,” she continues. “This was made all the more pleasurable by the quality of the judging panel who each offered a unique perspective from their own industry. We look forward to running the Bridgeman Studio Award each year and unearthing new talent for image licensing.”

Five runners-up each receive a free one-year subscription to Bridgeman Studio. They are:

Olga Snell



Matthew Phinn


HsiaoChi Yang


Pollyanna Illustration


and Oliva Domingos.


For more on Bridgeman Studio and the Award, see

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