COLORFUL 2022: A Prelude to Young Guns 20

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.

Last year, we teamed up with acclaimed first-generation Filipinx designer and Young Guns 8 winner Rich Tu to co-found COLORFUL: A Prelude to Young Guns – a free portfolio competition and 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 13 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. Runner up will receive a $2,000 grant, and two third-place winners will each receive $1,000. The jury convened to discuss and debate which entrants stood above others as the overall winners of the grants, as well as to assemble a class of finalists. The winners and the finalists will all be welcomed to enter YG20 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.



Danica Tan Lijun

Danica Tan Lijun

Animation Director
$3,000 COLORFUL Grant Winner
Sebastian Hill-Esbrand

Sebastian Hill-Esbrand

Filmmaker
$2,000 COLORFUL Grant Winner
Andrew Kung

Andrew Kung

Photographer
$1,000 COLORFUL Grant Winner
Pau Tiu

Pau Tiu

Creative Director
$1,000 COLORFUL Grant Winner
Carlos Bocai

Carlos Bocai

Graphic Designer
COLORFUL Finalist
Eddy Lee

Eddy Lee

Designer
COLORFUL Finalist
Jen Yoon

Jen Yoon

Illustrator
COLORFUL Finalist
Jessy Kikabou

Jessy Kikabou

Art Director
COLORFUL Finalist
João Vítor Porto

João Vítor Porto

Designer
COLORFUL Finalist
Katty Huertas

Katty Huertas

Illustrator
COLORFUL Finalist
Leonardo Santamaria

Leonardo Santamaria

Illustrator
COLORFUL Finalist
Marte

Marte

Graphic Designer, Illustrator & Letterer
COLORFUL Finalist
Maya  Umemoto Gorman

Maya Umemoto Gorman

Photographer
COLORFUL Finalist
Mayara Lista Alcantara

Mayara Lista Alcantara

Illustrator & Comicbook Artist
COLORFUL Finalist
Shivani Parasnis

Shivani Parasnis

Designer
COLORFUL Finalist
Tamara Sangdow

Tamara Sangdow

Director & Creative Director
COLORFUL Finalist
Xinmei Liu

Xinmei Liu

Illustrator
COLORFUL Finalist

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