Young Guns 18 Winners

2020: Let's face it — this was not going to be a normal year for anybody in the creative community. COVID-19 has affected everyone in ways great and small, but we knew that Young Guns 18 would carry on. After all, this is an award that honors a young creative's body of work over multiple years, not just what could be done over Zoom and with social distancing. And so the call for entries was opened in June, and the global response far surpassed expectations that had been muted by the pandemic.

Believing that diversity breeds diversity, this year's Young Guns jury was expanded to include more than 80 creatives from around the world and across many cultures and disciplines. With the usual split between past Young Guns winners who know firsthand of the glory this accolade brings, alongside other respected professionals bringing their own unique perspectives, the jury spent nearly three months going over hundreds of submissions. After multiple rounds of scoring, they settled on a finalist list of 83 entrants, all leading to spirited discussions that resulted in this year's class of 31 new inductees into the Young Guns family.

Alas, the raucous New York awards ceremony that is a hallmark of the Young Guns experience was not to be this year, but we still managed to salute the Young Guns 18 class virtually, from wherever they are in the world.


Ani Acopian

Ani Acopian

Digital
Mike Carson

Mike Carson

Other
Debora Cheyenne

Debora Cheyenne

Illustration
Yuval Haker

Yuval Haker

Animation
Natsuki Isa

Natsuki Isa

Graphic Design
Mihailo Kalabić

Mihailo Kalabić

Illustration
Denis Kilty

Denis Kilty

Sound Design
  LEBASSIS

LEBASSIS

Typography & Lettering
Jaedoo Lee

Jaedoo Lee

Illustration
Xiaomei Liu

Xiaomei Liu

Graphic Design
Tomoki Misato

Tomoki Misato

Animation
Saad Moosajee

Saad Moosajee

Animation
June Park

June Park

Graphic Design
Ana Pérez López

Ana Pérez López

Animation
Gaul Porat

Gaul Porat

Film
Zuzanna Rogatty

Zuzanna Rogatty

Graphic Design
Tala Safié

Tala Safié

Graphic Design
Jimmy Simpson

Jimmy Simpson

Animation
Felix Soletic

Felix Soletic

Animation
Chan Wai Hon

Chan Wai Hon

Graphic Design
Michelle Watt

Michelle Watt

Photography
Edward Yeung

Edward Yeung

Advertising