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

Saad Moosajee


Saad Moosajee is an artist and director, working across genres to explore new intersections of art and animation. He has created and directed work for Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Mitski, The New York Times, Joji, and Google. Through distinct art direction and animation he crafts cinematic worlds that push the boundaries of visual storytelling. His aesthetic deals in dreamlike, uncanny imagery that relates past and present in new and unexpected ways. Plural in his approach, his work often draws from a wide gamut of influences within art, culture and technology.

Saad received the Special Jury Recognition Award for Animation at SXSW 2020. His work has screened and exhibited at The Hammer Museum, Sharjah Museum of Contemporary Art, and Museum of Moving Image, in addition to being recognized by The One Club, D&AD and UKMVAs. He was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Art&Style in 2020.

Mitski - A Pearl Agency: Saad Moosajee Category: YG18 Year: 2020
The Continent Agency: Saad Moosajee Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Thom Yorke - Last I Heard Agency: Saad Moosajee Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Anima Spotify visuals Agency: Saad Moosajee Category: YG18 Year: 2020
Joji - 777 Agency: Saad Moosajee Category: YG18 Year: 2020




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