Young Guns

Young Guns is a portfolio competition awarding creative professionals 30 years and under, including designers, illustrators, entrepreneurs, and more!

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.

Young Guns 18

Ana Pérez López


After surviving a bat bite and three years of crit sessions at CalArts, the Spanish animator Ana Pérez López has seen her films play in festivals such as SXSW, LIAF, and Dok Leipzig. Her film work has gained the recognition of Slamdance and the Florida Film Festival as well as the Vimeo StaffPick badge. She works full-time as a brand illustrator for Culture Trip but will soon be taking her mighty Wacom pen to The Economist’s trenches. She has lived in Madrid (Spain), Santa Cruz (CA-USA), Santiago (Chile), Los Ángeles (CA-USA) and now lives in London (UK). She is a former Journalist, a current type nerd, and immune to rabies.

Power of Seven: North America Agency: ANA PEREZ LOPEZ Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Las Del Diente Agency: ANA PEREZ LOPEZ Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Waltzing with Pride Agency: ANA PEREZ LOPEZ Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Amarillo Agency: ANA PEREZ LOPEZ Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Kindness - by Naomi Shihab Nye Agency: ANA PEREZ LOPEZ Category: YG18 Year: 2020
A fourth of a bicycle Agency: ANA PEREZ LOPEZ Category: YG18 Year: 2020




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