Illustrator and journalist crowned IPSE-QA Freelancers of the Year

Illustrator Emmeline Pidgen and journalist Lauren Razavi were last night crowned the UK’s Freelancers of the Year by IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed and training provider QA.

IPSE set out to find the country’s brightest and best freelancers and have awarded Emmeline with £5,000 and Lauren with £3,000, plus £5,000 each worth of training supplied by QA.  

Emmeline, from Chorley, illustrates graphic novels, editorials and advertising and writes a creative industries blog with 75,000 views each month, and took home the Inspire award for established freelancers. Lauren, who has written for the Guardian, New Statesman and VICE from her hometown Norwich and around the world, was the winner of the Aspire award for those aged 23 and under.

The IPSE-QA Awards recognise excellence in freelancing, and applicants were judged on the strength of their portfolio and their passion and commitment to freelancing.

Chris Bryce, IPSE CEO, commented: “Our finalists all showed incredible achievements in their fields and the judges had a tough time choosing the winners. But Emmeline and Lauren’s dedication to their work, and to helping others into freelancing, are where the most credit is due.

“They’re both fine examples of freelancers being the best they can be and should be an inspiration to both new and established freelancers.”

Stuart Martin, Director at QA, commented: “A huge well done to the winners. The successes they’ve already had, compared to the stage they’re at in their careers, are extremely impressive. QA got involved with the Awards to encourage and praise hard-working freelancers in the UK, and the winners should be proud.

On winning the “Inspire” Award, Emmeline said: “This really is honestly a life changing award. This gives me the opportunity to work on projects that I had held close, but couldn’t focus my time on before tonight. I hope this will encourage anybody who’s considering taking up freelancing to do exactly that.” 

On winning the “Aspire” Award, Lauren said: “It is absolutely incredible and quite unexpected, I didn’t expect to win, because all the other finalists were quite fantastic and I was blown away by their work. So I am humbled and honoured to have won the Aspire award.”

Entrepreneur Richard Jeffs and translator Lowri Roberts were named “Inspire” runners up, while embroidery designer Alice Selwood was runner up in the “Aspire” category.
 

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