ADC Young Guns 2016 — ADC Members Consideration

ADC Young Guns 2016 returns the global showcase of blossoming creative talent to its roots. Potential Young Guns winners no longer enter a competition, but instead must first be nominated by one or more members of a global committee of creative professionals. These nominators’ careers depend on keeping their eyes open for the freshest up and coming talent, and have been tasked with searching high and low within their various circles for burgeoning creatives who they feel worthy of being named a Young Guns winner.

That said, not even the most finger-on-the-pulse creative influencers see all, and thus we are offering ADC Members the opportunity to be considered by the esteemed ADC Young Guns 2016 Jury.



There is no entry fee, but you must:

  • be a current ADC Member in good standing. (Not yet a Member? Join today!)
  • be born no earlier than March 30, 1985.
  • have a minimum of two years of professional creative experience

To enter ADC Young Guns 2016, please provide the following:

  • Contact info
  • A scanned copy of valid photo ID highlighting your age
  • CV/Resume
  • weblinks to 6-10 projects to be considered. Do NOT send projects as attachments. Links MUST direct to specific individual projects, not to entire portfolios. At least half of your submitted work must be professional, published projects, with personal projects making up the remainder. Unpublished and rejected spec work is considered personal work. Please clearly state your role in each submitted project.

Entries must be submitted via a special email link between Friday, May 6, 2016 and Friday, May 20, 2016 11:59 PM EST. There will be NO extensions.




So ADC Young Guns is free to enter this year?

That’s correct, but you must be a current ADC Member.

I’ve entered ADC Young Guns before. Can I enter again?

Yes, as long as you meet all of the above criteria. Please note that past winners cannot enter Young Guns again.

What kind of work can I enter?

We accept work that spans the following creative disciplines: graphic design, photography, illustration, advertising and art direction, environmental design, film, animation & video, interactive design, architecture, copywriting, and typography. If your work does not fit within any of these categories, this does not necessarily mean that it isn’t eligible – email to make sure.

Not all of my projects are in English. Should I include a translation?

Yes, please include any translations with your submission.

Do I have to include personal projects?

No. At least half of your submissions must be professional projects, but you may choose to submit all professional projects.

Can my partner and I enter as a team?

Yes! Teams of up to three people may enter as one, either by studio name or as individuals. All team members must be ADC Members, and meet the eligibility criteria. Please note that past winners are ineligible to win again, even as part of a team consisting of non-winners.

I’ve entered… now what?

Your submission will be vetted by a committee led by ADC staff during the week of May 23, 2016. During the week of May 31 2016, the selected entrants will be notified and asked to prepare their work to be reviewed alongside the nomination committee’s selections by the ADC Young Guns 2016 jury.


Questions? Please contact