As usual, conference faculty nearly came to blows over the judging of our annual portfolio show, as the quality of the entered portfolios was terrific and the selection of standouts was difficult. Nonetheless, they came to agreement, and conference attendees cheered at this year's winners:
Second runner-up: Corrina Luyken
First runner-up: Jessixa Bagley
Grand Prize Winner: Julie Bayless
(Watch this space and/or our SCBWI Western Washington website for images from their winning portfolios.)
In addition to glory and potential fame, each winner also received one of four cash prizes, our new Rollin Thomas Memorial Award. In the spirit with which Rollin taught and cheered on fellow illustrators, a fourth Rollin Thomas award was presented, after a random drawing from among all Juried Portfolio Show entrants, to Rowena Russell.
In Rollin's memory, congratulations!