ADC Young Guns Competition Call for Entries!


Visual arts, media, and design today are in a state of daily evolution, cross-pollinating ideas between their many disciplines. Industry categories that once defined the creative professional–photography, illustration, graphic design, architecture, fashion, advertising, the list goes on–have expanded to include newly synthesized versions of these fields. These days, a spirit of hybridization is on the rise, bucking tradition to fuse any number of creative pathways in search of a new direction. At the forefront of this ongoing revolution, the minds of ambitious young visionaries are at work and in play.

ADC Young Guns exists to identify the vanguard of creative professionals who let loose their imaginations, shattering conventions and breaking boundaries with a dash of brilliance and personal flair. Those of you who’ve set your minds to making a name for yourself, raising new standards from within cubicles, conference rooms, cramped apartments, and studios across the world–this is your chance to put those battle cries in action. If you’re age thirty or under and have two years of the working life under your belt, they’d like you to show them what it’s all about.

On a quest to identify the brightest young professionals across myriad creative disciplines, ADC Young Guns has become more than just a competition–it now comprises a community network of rebels and prodigies, unsung heroes and rising stars. Over the years, our roster has grown to include six classes of exceptional talent, among them Stefan Sagmeister (YG1), Rei Inamoto (YG4), James Victore (YG1), Ryan McGinness (YG2), floto+warner (YG5), Alexander Gelman (YG1), Deanne Cheuk (YG4), Todd St. John (YG1), Scott Stowell (YG3), and Mike Mills (YG1). Old Young Guns serve as the jury and select the fifty new creative wonders that form each new class of ADC Young Guns.


Entrants must be 30 years of age or younger when the entry site opens on March 19, 2009, and must have been working professionally for at least 2 years (both full-time and freelance work qualify).  A proof of age will be required in the form of a Passport, State ID or drivers license from all entrants.

If you are a student with two years of the working life under your belt, you are also eligible to enter. Previous ADC Young Guns entrants ARE eligible to enter, but past ADC Young Guns winners are NOT eligible to enter subsequent cycles of the competition.

ADC Young Guns is an international competition open to all who qualify.


6-10 pieces of professional and personal work. A maximum of 3 pieces can be personal work. The rest must be professional, published work. Unpublished and client-rejected spec work counts as personal work.

Work entered does not need to have been created in a particular year – entries will be judged as a portfolio of work. Choose wisely. Pick projects that showcase the full range of your skills. Submissions need not conform to any specific media categories. Your submitted portfolio may feature work in one medium or several.

ENTRY DEADLINE: May 13, 2009, 11:59 PM EST.

Ready to prepare your portfolio? Review the Entry Instructions first.

Questions? Please contact or visit their site.

Good luck!