Thank you NLW schools for sending us truckloads of incredibly creative entries. It was great to see how much effort and thought had been put into each entry. With the assurance that the future of photography and book art in our country looks promising, let’s move on to more exciting details.
BOOK COVER DESIGN CONTEST
The judge for the Book Cover Design Contest was Ajanta Guhathakurta, one of the most sought-after illustrators in the country. The winner of the Book Cover Design Contest is Rudra Narayan (Grade 8) studying in Sishya in Chennai. Below is what Ajanta had to say:
All entries are charming. Now that it’s a cover design and should be true to the story, I kept in mind which entry was closest to the story. The most important thing kids should have done was kept the leaf close to its description. Croton plant is mentioned as a plant and not a tree, hence the colourful entries, though attractive, show trees. Hence they don’t earn any points.
My first pick, best out of the lot, is Rudra’s cover design. ‘Painting the leaf red’, it evokes a curiosity in the mind to read the story and that makes a cover design a winner. Rudra illustrated a good scene from the story.
Rudra Narayan will be awarded two exciting prizes:
- A copy of The Red Leaf with his or her cover design, published by Hippocampus
- Rs. 15,000 worth of books for Sishya’s library
GET CAUGHT READING PHOTO CONTEST
The judge for the Get Caught Reading Photo Contest was respected photographer Mahesh Bhat. The winner of the Get Caught Reading Photo Contest is Nilofer, a middle-school science teacher from Bangalore International School. Nilofer will be awarded: 40 fabulous books with multiple library activity ideas accompanying each one! That’s 40 books with over 100 book-based activities, valued at Rs 30,000!
MOST POPULAR BOOK AWARD
Curious about which book has been voted by children across India as the most popular book? Hippocampus and Rivokids are excited to finally announce the award for the Most Popular Book. The award goes to… ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. To see responses from children on their favourite books, go to http://www.rivokids.com/contests/hippocampus-national-library-week
Since there is only one winner for each contest, Hippocampus is planning to feature some fantastic entries that we received for both contests on the NLW blog and Hippocampus Facebook page. Watch this space to see if your entry will be featured on our blog and Facebook page.
Congratulations Rudra Narayan and Nilofer! We bet you have done your schools proud.
More about the contest judges
Ajanta Guhathakurta has studied fine arts at the College of Art, Delhi and has illustrated and designed books for all age groups with various leading publishers. A recipient of the Certificate of Honour at the International Board on Books for Young People in 2002, she also paints, writes and conducts creative workshops for children. Go through her versatile work at www.ajantaart.blogspot.in
Mahesh Bhat has been a photographer for 25 years. Over the years, he has been commissioned by publications as varied as New York Times to Newsweek of Japan – from over 20 countries. See his fantastic photographs at http://www.maheshbhat.com/index.html