It’s that time of the year – the YCN Professional Awards are now open for entries and once again competition is sure to be fierce as the freshest creative talent at work around the world battle it out for the prestigious prizes.
Last year entries flooded in from 35 countries and now individuals, teams and studios — graduated or formed within the last eight years —are invited to submit recent client projects for six categories; brand identity, design for print, digital design, illustration, photography and animation.
This year’s all-star jury includes Richard Turley, Morag Myerscough, Bianca Wendt, Tom Uglow and Noma Bar among others who will take part in two rounds of online judging before live jury days hosted by Soho House in London, New York, Toronto and Berlin.
Anthony Gerace has produced the look and feel for this year’s Call for Entries Campaign, using images deconstructed on a grid and the strapline “Break It Down.” Anthony is also working with ceramicist Helen Johannessen on a delicate interpretation of this year’s Physical Award — last year turned into a glittering snow dome by Craig Ward.
Entries close on 21 May and the winners will not only receive their prizes at a social event in London but will also be profiled in an annual publication. So, like, what are you even waiting for?
- Robbie Simon, the jack of all trades and the master of them too
- Mattis Dovier’s weird and wonderful 8-bit dot animation for XXX’s music video
- Jessica Lehrman's photographic document of social revolution, Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street
- Zoe Kao and Huang Wun-Siang find inspiration in the uncertainty of the design process
- Documenting the world in motion: Lauren Tamaki’s illustrations of modern life
- Baptiste Bernazeau’s ode to ruins told through crumbling typography and illustration
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Chris (Simpsons Artist)'s surreal but accurate illustrations of creative jobs
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Photographer Adrienne Salinger’s series of teenage bedrooms from the 90s
- Is it ever OK to work for free?