Since 2001 YCN has been operating an international award programme for creative students. YCN is now seeking to elevate and recognise outstanding talent rising up within the industry.

Open to creative professionals to have graduated within the last 8 years, the new YCN Professional Awards invite the submission of a portfolio showing four projects into categories for Design & Communication, Illustration and Animation. Portfolios must include client work, and postgraduate students are also welcome to enter. The deadline for doing so is March 28th 2013.

All portfolios will be considered by an inspiring international jury, undergoing two rounds of online consideration followed by jury days hosted in Soho House London and New York. The 80 strong multi-disciplinary group combines established and newer names; including Creative Review editor Patrick Burgoyne, Sagmeister & Walsh’s Jessica Walsh and Blink founder James Studholme. Up to 30 winners will be identified overall.

YCN has internationally partnered with Soho House to host the jury days followed by launch events for a new YCN Annual. This hard-backed publication, to be Art Directed this year by Matt Willey, will showcase all Award winners alongside other notable submissions and be distributed across the creative industries. Winners will also be showcased online at the YCN website and invited to speak at industry facing events and screenings at Soho House venues internationally.

This year’s Call for Entries campaign, and a glittering interactive physical award, have been designed in collaboration with New York based typographer Craig Ward. Combining striking type with imagery of the award itself the campaign invites creatives around the world to ‘Shake it Up’.

“I photographed a tonne of falling glitter which is rather difficult to focus on!”, tells Craig. ”I built the type out from there. The most important thing I wanted to capture was the energy and excitement of rising up as a creative”.

Entries are invited online by March 28th 2013. Full details can be found at ycn.org/awards