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WHAT IS COLORFUL?
COLORFUL is a unique creative competition created in the mold of Young Guns, one of the industry's most recognized and influential honors for young creative professionals. Because winning Young Guns can have a dramatic effect on one's career, COLORFUL seeks to highlight young BIPOC creative talent, giving them the opportunity and confidence to shine ahead of entering Young Guns and other such platforms.

WHAT IS THE AGE LIMIT?
COLORFUL entrants must be 30 years of age or younger on the day entries open in order to be eligible. This means you must be born no earlier than March 16, 1990. 
 
Entrants will be required to submit proof of age in the form of a passport, driver's license or other government-issued ID.

HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO I NEED TO QUALIFY?
Eligible COLORFUL entrants must have a minimum of two years of professional experience
(both full-time and freelance work qualify).

I'M A STUDENT. CAN I ENTER COLORFUL?
Sorry, COLORFUL is not open to students, unless you also have the aforementioned minimum work experience.

WHAT IS THE ENTRY DEADLINE?
The deadline for all COLORFUL entries is April 12, 2021.

HOW MUCH IS THE ENTRY FEE?
COLORFUL is free to enter.

WHAT SORTS OF CREATIVES CAN ENTER?
Like Young Guns, COLORFUL is an international competition open to all who qualify. Entrants must be professionals working in creative fields including but not limited to: graphic design, photography, illustration, advertising, art direction, environmental design, film, animation, motion graphics, interactive design, typography, architecture, copywriting, product design, package design, fashion design, furniture design, interior design, sound design or industrial design. That said, if your work does not fit within any of these categories, this does not necessarily mean that it isn't eligible!

CAN CREATIVE TEAMS ENTER?
Certainly! Teams/partnerships/collectives of up to three people may enter as one unit, however, each person must adhere to all other eligibility qualifications (BIPOC, age, experience etc.).

I'VE ENTERED YOUNG GUNS BEFORE. AM I ELIGIBLE TO ENTER COLORFUL?
As long as you meet all other qualifications (BIPOC, 30 years of age and under, and at least two years of professional experience) you are free to enter COLORFUL. However, if you have successfully been named a Young Guns winner, you may not enter COLORFUL.

WHAT KIND OF WORK CAN BE ENTERED?
COLORFUL  entrants must link to six professional and personal projects, with a minimum of four projects being professional, published work. Unpublished and client-rejected spec projects may be included as personal work. In all cases, you must have played a primary creative role in each project.
 
Projects entered need not have been created in a particular year — entries will be judged as a collection of work. Submissions need not conform to any specific media categories; your entry may feature projects in one medium or several.

MAY I LINK TO MORE THAN SIX PROJECTS?
No. Your COLORFUL submission is also an exercise in self-curation. Take care in deciding which six projects best represent you and your talents. 

MAY I LINK TO FEWER THAN SIX PROJECTS?
No. Your COLORFUL submission should demonstrate your track record of consistently creating phenomenal work. If you cannot confidently include six examples of your best work, perhaps you may need another year or two to reach this level.

DOES IT HAVE TO BE EXACTLY 60 SECONDS?
Relax, we’re not that strict! If you’re only 46.2 seconds, or a minute and a half, you’ll be fine. But please don’t go too far beyond that.

I CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT WHICH PROJECTS I’D LIKE TO ENTER. CAN I EDIT MY ENTRY?
Unfortunately, once your entry has been submitted, you cannot edit the projects within it.

I'VE WORKED ON PROJECTS WITH OTHERS. CAN THESE BE SUBMITTED?
Yes, but you must be one of the principal creatives on the project, and that role must be evident.

WHAT ELSE DO I REQUIRE TO ENTER?
In addition to the six projects, entrants are required to record a 60-second video introducing themselves and outlining the project.

WHO ARE THE JURY MEMBERS FOR COLORFUL?
The COLORFUL Jury will be composed entirely of BIPOC creatives who are also past Young Guns winners. 

WHAT IS BIPOC? WHAT IS LATINX? 
BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous and other People of Color. This includes Asians, Pacific Islanders, Middle Eastern, North African and Latinx individuals. 

Latinx is a gender-neutral term used to describe people of Latin descent. This includes but is not limited to Latin descendants of Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean, and can often refer to those of Iberian descent.

BIPOC people are frequently underrepresented in Western creative industries in general and in the Young Guns family of winners in particular. COLORFUL seeks to address that underrepresentation. Please take all of this into consideration when entering. 

WHAT ARE THE PRIZES FOR COLORFUL?
The first ten entrants who meet all qualifications will receive free entry into Young Guns 19, regardless of how they are judged in COLORFUL.
 
After two rounds of judging and discussion, the jury will select one individual or team as the winner. This winner will receive $3000.00 USD to contribute towards the dream project described in their entry.
 
In addition, the jury will also select a class of finalists to be recognized. The winner and the finalists will all receive free entry into Young Guns 19.

WHEN WILL THE WINNER AND FINALISTS BE ANNOUNCED?
The winner and finalists are scheduled to be announced during the week of May 24, 2021, just ahead of the opening on Young Guns 19.

HOW WILL COLORFUL AFFECT MY CHANCES OF WINNING YOUNG GUNS 19?
COLORFUL is judged by a jury of top-level creatives, all with a personal interest in seeing more diversity in the creative industry. Simply entering COLORFUL puts you on their radar. Winning or being named a COLORFUL finalist means that these same people feel that you have a good chance to follow in their Young Guns footsteps. You might not win Young Guns 19, but with their vote of confidence and a free entry into the competition, you'd be crazy not to try.



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