South African Filmmaker SJ Wins Young Guns 15 Creative Choice Award, Illustrator Armando Veve Receives Levine/Leavitt Artist in Residence Award

The One Club

Nov 17, 2017

NEW YORK — In addition to celebrating the full class of 32 winners at last night’s Young Guns 15 awards ceremony in New York, The One Club for Creativity revealed two additional special awards recognizing the best of the best of young creatives age 30 and under.

Young Guns 15 honoree SJ, a talented young filmmaker based in Cape Town, South Africa, was presented with the first-ever Young Guns Creative Choice Award.  The accolade is the result of a public vote by the global creative community at large who reviewed work of all YG15 winners and picked the one they believe stands above all others.  

In addition, illustrator Armando Veve, a Young Guns 15 winner based in Philadelphia, PA, USA, was named winner of the fourth annual Artist In Residence Award from international artists management agency and Young Guns sponsor Levine/Leavitt (  The honor is bestowed annually to a newly crowned Young Gun whose body of work truly stands out, as judged by an advisory board of industry professionals across a range of disciplines.  As this year’s winner, Veve receives a full year of professional development, guidance and mentorship to help advance his careers.

Young Guns, originally a program of the Art Directors Club (ADC) and now part of The One Club for Creativity after last year’s merger of the two non-profit organizations, is the industry’s only international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based awards competition that identifies and celebrates today’s vanguard of young creative professionals age 30 or younger.  

A record number of entries were received this year from 44 countries, and were judged by 50 top creatives from around the world, about half of whom are past Young Guns.  The full jury list can be viewed at

Information about each Young Guns 15 winner, with examples of their work and links to personal websites, is available at

This year’s winners were recognized at the Young Guns 15 awards ceremony at Highline Stages in New York’s Meatpacking District.  The evening was hosted by legendary designer James Victore, a Young Guns winner from the program’s inaugural class of 1996.  

Young Guns 15 winners received a unique translucent version of the iconic Young Guns Cube, which gets reinvented each year in design and materials by a past Young Gun winner.  This year’s Young Guns 15 cube and  program branding were created by RoAndCo, an award-winning creative studio founded by Roanne Adams (YG9).  

This year’s incoming Young Guns class also have their permanent profile page added to the Young Guns website, receive a complimentary one-year membership to The One Club for Creativity, permanent membership in Young Guns network, a chance to be featured in Young Guns events and an assortment of career-boosting opportunities from Young Guns sponsors.

Young Guns 15 and other One Club  activities are made possible in part through the generous support of sponsors including Shutterstock, Levine/Leavitt and MTV

For more information about Young Guns, please visit  


The One Club for Creativity (, producer of the prestigious One Show, ADC Annual Awards and Creative Week, is the world's foremost non-profit organization whose mission is to support and celebrate the success of the global creative community. The One Show is a top global awards show for advertising, design and digital marketing focusing on creativity of idea and quality of execution.  The ADC Annual Awards honors the best creative work in terms of craft, design and innovation across all disciplines.  Creative Week takes place in New York City every May and is the preeminent festival celebrating the intersection of advertising and the arts.


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