To judge any competition is an exciting opportunity that brings with it a number of questions or responsibilities you need to think of for each entry.  Broadly speaking these should be whether the entry has met the brief? Has the entry reached or surpassed certain industry standards? How high is the level of creativity or originality? And also whether the entry moves you on any level.

I have personally judged a number of advertising competitions all over the world and one thing that would always come to my mind when looking at a winning entry was, “I wish I’d done that!” It never came from jealousy but rather deep admiration of the thought, talent and execution of a brilliant and often simple idea.

We are fortunate this year in the Bridgeman Studio Award to have a diverse and talented group of judges for our theme the Great Outdoors. The judges consist of a wonderful mix between creative and business-minded experts at the top of their respective industries. I am excited to see which entries they choose to win either the Wilderness Festival Map commission or the three different winners who will embark on an incredible journey with by creating their own product line.


So here are the Bridgeman Studio Award 2015 Judges: 


Paul Mulvey – Senior Designer for Mama & Co

Paul Mulvey – Mama & Company Senior Designer

Paul Mulvey is a graphic artist, creative director and composer.  Over the past 15 years he could be found painting murals for the Rothschild’s, scoring music for wildlife documentaries, designing sets for theatre productions, spraying graffiti on a satellite for Smirnoff and collaborating on record sleeve artwork with the artist Balthus.  He is currently the design director and illustrator for Wilderness.


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Kevin Summers – Mama & Company Brand Director

Over two decades Mama & Company’s Brand Director, Kevin Summers has been privileged to commission artists, illustrators and photographers to create global creative work, brand strategies, guidelines & experiences for products you can watch, wear, share, tweet, eat, drink, drive, search, listen to, pause, play, shake, bake or just look at and think I want one and he is thrilled to be on the Bridgeman judging panel this year.



Lucy Baxter – Commercial Director at



Lost Souls art print by ArtRepublic


Lucy Baxter – Commercial Director 

Passionate about promoting upcoming talent Lucy Baxter, Commercial Director at CultureLabel, is thrilled to be on the Bridgeman judging panel this year. Over the last decade Lucy launched Coldharbour London Gallery and Artist Studio in Brixton, which achieved national coverage for its cutting edge and engaging exhibitions, whilst simultaneously managing high profile sales and marketing campaigns in blue-chip organisations such as Sotheby’s and Sky.


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Patrick Burgoyne – Creative Director Creative Review

Patrick Burgoyne has been the editor of Creative Review magazine since 1999. Before joining the magazine (as Staff Writer) he worked in marketing, first for the Body Shop and later for the University of Westminster, whilst also moonlighting as a writer for magazines such as The Big Issue. He is also the author of several books on design and visual culture and has written for many publications, including The Guardian, The Independent, Scotland on Sunday, Arena and La Repubblica.

If you are still interesting in entering the Bridgeman Studio Award and putting your work in front of these incredible judges you are in luck. The competition is still open until the 15th of June. So all you illustrators, designers, printmakers, fine artists and photographers show us your entries. Good luck!