The One Club for Creativity, the world’s foremost non-profit organization recognizing creative excellence in advertising and design, announced the diverse jury of 79 top creatives from 32 countries for the global Young Guns 18, celebrating creative professionals age 30 or younger.
Young Guns is the industry’s only global, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based awards competition that identifies and celebrates today’s vanguard of young creatives. The program is open to creatives age 30 and under who have been working for at least two years, full-time or freelance, and regularly attracts entries from upwards of 45 countries.
A sampling of this year’s diverse Young Guns 18 jury, some of whom are past YG winners, includes:
Ferdi Alici, director/founder, Ouchhh Studio, Istanbul
Tasneem Alsultan, photographer, Riyadh
Yani Arabena, CD//type designer/co-founder, Yani&Guille, Buenos Aires
Shar Biggers, founder/CD, Provoke Design, New York
Ashwin Chacko, illustrator/designer, Dublin
Chris Cheung, artist at honhim, CD/artistic director, XCEPT and XCEED, Hong Kong (YG11)
Yuin Chien, principal, Yuin Chien Studio, San Francisco
Wayne Deakin, ECD, EMEA, Huge, London
Clem Devine, brand design lead, JASMAX, Auckland (YG9)
June Digan, designer/Illustrator, Manila
Júlia Esqué, product designer, Barcelona
Mah Ferraz, film editor, New York (YG17)
Genie Gurnani, ECD, Virtue Worldwide, Singapore
Nessim Higson, ECD, WeTransfer, Amsterdam (YG5)
Ohni Lisle, illustrator, Brooklyn (YG14)
Hira Mohibullah, ECD, BBDO Pakistan, Lahore
Justice Mukheli, artist/filmmaker/photographer, Johannesburg
Max Ngari, ECD, Isobar, Nairobi
Gemma O’Brien, artist/designer, Sydney (YG13)
Anh Tuan Pham, founder/principal, For Office Use Only, New York (YG4)
Brandon Drew Jordan Pierce, VP/ECD, Hulu, Los Angeles
Jade Purple Brown, artist, New York
Brandon Rochon, managing CCO, Kastner, Los Angeles
Katalina Silva, CD, Enigma Creative, Tijuana
Maartje Slijpen, art director, KesselsKramer, creative partner, MaartjeMerel, Amsterdam
Eisuke Tachikawa, CD/design strategist, NOSIGNER, Kanagawa (YG7)
Anny Wang, co-founder/designer, Wang & Söderström, Copenhagen
Loveis Wise, illustrator, Los Angeles
Yah-Leng Yu, CD/principal, Foreign Policy Design Group, Singapore
The complete list of Young Guns 18 judges can be viewed here.
The online entry system is open, with the reduced-fee early deadline of July 10, 2020 and final deadline of July 24, 2020. Winners will be announced in the fall.
Eligible entrants can submit a combination of professional and personal work in graphic design; advertising art direction and copywriting; architectural, environmental and interior design; industrial and product design; digital (UX/UI, experiential design, interactive, web design, apps, game development): film and animation (motion design, television, video); fashion; typography and lettering; illustration and photography.
All Young Guns winners will receive a unique version of the iconic Young Guns Cube, designed exclusively for this year’s incoming class, and have their permanent profile page added to the Young Guns website. Winners also receive a complimentary one-year One Club for Creativity membership, permanent membership in the Young Guns network, a chance to be featured in Young Guns events and an assortment of career-boosting opportunities from Young Guns sponsors.
Levine/Leavitt Artist In Residence Award
For the seventh consecutive year, international artists management agency and Young Guns sponsor Levine/Leavitt will bestow one talented winner with the Artist In Residence Award.
The honor is presented annually to a newly crowned Young Gun whose body of work truly stands out, as judged by an advisory board of industry professionals across a range of disciplines. The winner receives a full year of professional development, guidance and mentorship from Levine/Leavitt to help advance their career.
“We are so excited to be participating in the Young Guns program once again,” said Liz Leavitt, cofounder, Levine/Leavitt, New York and Los Angeles. “The level of talent amongst the winners each year is outstanding, and we’re honored to help guide the careers of young creatives.”
Program branding and design of the Cube award itself is recreated each year by a past Young Gun winner. This year’s YG18 branding and award are designed by CONTINO, New York, founded by creative director and YG9 winner Jon Contino.
Young Guns 18 and other One Club activities are made possible in part through the generous support of sponsors including Levine/Leavitt and Shutterstock.
The One Club for Creativity, producer of The One Show, ADC Annual Awards and Creative Week, is the world’s foremost non-profit organization whose mission is to support and celebrate the success of the global creative community. The One Show is a top global awards show for advertising, design and digital marketing, focusing on the creativity of ideas and quality of execution. The global ADC Annual Awards honors creative excellence in craft, design and innovation across all disciplines. Creative Week takes place in New York every May, and is the preeminent festival celebrating the intersection of advertising and the arts.