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

Leo Aguirre


Leo is a first-generation, Mexican-American writer and director. His upbringing along the US-Mexico border and his adolescence in the Caribbean have heavily influenced his relationship with storytelling. Leo’s experience as a cinematographer and editor has also made a significant impact on his approach as a filmmaker. Leo has had the privilege of working on large scale projects for Converse, Nike, Mercedes-Benz, Netflix and Dodge. He has also showcased narrative work at renowned festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival (Cannes Court Métrage) among others. As he grows as a director, he aims to realize emotionally compelling concepts through bold, sincere and texturally rich storytelling. He enjoys living nomadically city to city and drinking hot tea.




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