Since 1996, Young Guns has been an elite portfolio-based competition that takes the profiles of young creative professionals already on the rise and helps elevate them even further. And while the program has made major strides since the days of being jokingly thought of as an award for "extremely talented white designers and illustrators from Williamsburg", there's always room for more diversity.
Enter COLORFUL: A Prelude To Young Guns 19. Ahead of this year's Young Guns competition, we've teamed up with acclaimed first-generation Filipinx designer and Young Guns 8 winner Rich Tu to co-found a portfolio competition and a grant exclusively for young BIPOC creative professionals who qualify for Young Guns — they just haven't entered and won it yet.
COLORFUL is totally free to enter, and like Young Guns, is based on the hard work you've already done — none of that "do a job for us for the exposure" talk. The first ten qualifying entrants will receive free entry into Young Guns 19 later this spring, and a jury composed of BIPOC Young Guns winners will select one gifted entrant to receive $3000.00 USD to put towards a professional dream project. This winner, as well as a selection of finalists, will also receive free entry into YG19.
Young Guns has long been a goal for countless young creatives around the world to aspire to. With COLORFUL, we hope to put more Black, Latinx, Asian and Indigenous talent into that spotlight.
COLORFUL is made possible by a donation from Russell's Reserve. Branding for COLORFUL created by Rich Tu (YG8) and Tré Seals (YG17)
WHAT IS YOUNG GUNS?
Young Guns recognizes the vanguard of creative professionals 30 years of age and under. Founded in 1996, the portfolio-based competition has grown to become one of the most coveted awards for young creatives aroundthe globe. For many, being named a Young Guns winner is a sure sign of a skyrocketing career, as well as a source of validation for all of the stressful days and sleepless nights that have come with early successes.
Since its inception, Young Guns has evolved almost as much as the creative landscape in which it thrives. Its early years saw young creatives nominated by eclectic and respected juries of industry luminaries, before being debated until only the very best remained. As its prestige grew, Young Guns became a competition where aspiring creatives submitted their portfolios to be judged by a panel of past winners. Beginning with YG8, past Young Guns winners were also tasked with conceiving and designing a brand new Cube trophy each year, making each class of Young Guns honorees truly unique. Were you from the year of the wooden Cubes, where you had to saw your trophy from the rest? Were you the class that received Cubes made of concrete? Or maybe you were among the recipients of Cubes comprised of keepsakes from the careers and desks of all past classes? No matter which year you are honored as a Young Guns winner, you are truly in a class all your own.
Young Guns 19 will open for entries in early May 2021