A second consecutive win for Folio at the Longman-History Today awards

Caroline Hotblack is joint winner of this year's Longman-History Today picture research prize for her work on the Folio edition of Neal Ascherson's Black Sea. She shares the award with Cecilia Mackay for Crimea by Orlando Figes. Folio picture researcher Julie McMahon won the prize in 2010 for Antony Beevor's Stalingrad.

Working closely with the author and Folio editor James Matthews, Caroline used her broad experience and many contacts to build a series of images that embodied both the tone and content of the book. She sought help from a professional contact in Russia, who sourced a colour copy of a page from Alexander Pushkin's diary and obtained an image of the ancient Five Brothers Kurgan (burial ground) near Rostov by asking a local schoolteacher to take a photograph.

Caroline's selection includes diverse historical and contemporary imagery. Her work reflects her critical eye and her tenacious, resourceful approach. On receiving his copies of Black Sea, Neil Ascherson said of the illustrations, 'So much work and care has been devoted to them by you and your comrades. The illustrations are better than I could have hoped ...It was a delight to sit with Caroline and choose pictures, she did a brilliant job of the research'.

Find out more about our edition of Black Sea here.

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