COLORFUL: A Prelude to Young Guns 19

Since 1996, Young Guns has been an elite portfolio-based competition that takes the profiles of young creative professionals already on the rise and helps elevate them even further. And while the program has made major strides since the days of being jokingly thought of as an award for "extremely talented white designers and illustrators from Williamsburg", there's always room for more diversity.

Enter COLORFUL: A Prelude To Young Guns 19. Ahead of this year's Young Guns competition, we teamed up with acclaimed first-generation Filipinx designer and Young Guns 8 winner Rich Tu to co-found a free portfolio competition and a grant exclusively for young BIPOC creative professionals who qualify for Young Guns — they just haven't entered and won it yet.

After receiving submissions from across the globe, a jury made up of 11 BIPOC creative superstars — all previous Young Guns winners themselves — went over every single entry, grading them not only on the strength of their work but also on how they intend to use the $3000 creative grant, should they win. Afterward, the jury convened to discuss and debate which entrant stood above others as the overall winner of the grant, as well as assemble a class of finalists. The winner and the finalists will all be welcomed to enter YG19 completely free of charge, with the confidence that comes with knowing they've already impressed a jury that knows exactly what it takes to win Young Guns.

The FINAL deadline for Young Guns 19 submissions is Monday, July 26, 2021.

ENTER YOUNG GUNS 19


Sean Wang

Sean Wang

Filmmaker
COLORFUL Winner
Simoul Alva

Simoul Alva

Visual Designer & Art Director
COLORFUL Finalist
Dani Choi

Dani Choi

Illustrator
COLORFUL Finalist
Olivia-Jene Fagon

Olivia-Jene Fagon

Creative Director, Vice Media
COLORFUL Finalist
Katty Huertas

Katty Huertas

Artist & Illustrator
COLORFUL Finalist
Villarica Manuel

Villarica Manuel

Designer & Art Director
COLORFUL Finalist
Jamal Parker

Jamal Parker

Poetry Slam Champion, Author, Artist, Advertising Creative
COLORFUL Finalist
Leonardo Santamaria

Leonardo Santamaria

Illustrator
COLORFUL Finalist
Social Species

Social Species

Studio & Small Print Collective
COLORFUL Finalist
Julian Williams

Julian Williams

Graphic Designer & Art Director
COLORFUL Finalist
Paul Michael Wright

Paul Michael Wright

Mixed Media Artist & Storyteller
COLORFUL Finalist
Vrinda V Zaveri

Vrinda V Zaveri

Illustrator & Animator
COLORFUL Finalist