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Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents is open to designers in or from Galway.

Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents is open to designers in or from Galway.

Shenzhen City of Design in China is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network along with Galway City of Film. The Shenzhen Design Award is open to all members of the UNESCO network and is therefore open to any designer who is either from Galway or has lived here for two years.

The Award aims to encourage exchange between young talents from different countries, cooperation between creative cities, and the sharing of experiences and ideas for developing creative and cultural industries. The Award also aims to promote the value of design thinking, concepts and products as contributors to the transformation of economies and society.

Entries from all fields of design which contribute to the sustainable growth of cities are welcome to participate, including but not limited to:

  • Product and industrial design
  • Architecture, urban landscape and interior design
  • Graphic and communication design
  • Animation
  • Fashion and apparel accessories design
  • Service design and design thinking in public policy

The Award rewards the efforts of designers whose work demonstrates a contribution to the enhancement of environmental sustainability, social and economic development and the quality of life in their cities through:

  • Achievement in utilizing designs to contribute to the transformation of local economies, of social development, and of cities’ development.
  • Achievement in utilizing designs to increase sales, lower costs, and improve product qualities, productivity and profitability.
  • Achievement in utilizing designs to enhance sustainability in urban environment, social and economic development, and to improve quality of lives in cities.
  • Achievement in uniqueness, creativity, originality, innovation, aesthetics, sustainability, use of technology, user-friendliness in designs.
  • International recognition, commercial and societal success in designs.

The theme for 2015 is Transformation: The Mission of Design. The Award looks for products and projects that have already been realized and thus have positively influenced not only the success of the producing enterprise but also the recovery of local economies.


The entries must have actually been completed or produced and, in the cases of commercial products, have become available in markets between 1 January 2011 and 31 October 2015. Conceptual designs or designs that are still under development and/or have not yet been commercially launched, as well as show flats, prototypes, renderings and artists’ impressions of designs are only eligible as entries for the student session. The competition is open to completed design works by professional designers or design students, individuals or teams, with an age or average age of under 35 on 31 December 2015. Student entrants must have been enrolled as students up until 1st January 2015. For architects, the age limit is under 40 by 31 December 2015. All entrants must have been living in Galway city or county for at least the last two years. Each entrant can submit no more than 10 pieces of work. For series, there should be no more than 5 pieces for each serial.

Entrants should also check the SZDAY Eligibility requirements and conditions of entry themselves at www.SZDAY.org for a comprehensive overview of all rules and conditions.

Competition process

The competition is divided into two stages: The initial submission is to be made by designers or design teams in their home UNESCO Creative City, in this case Galway, and make their submission to Galway UNESCO City of Film Office in association with Design Network West, who will provide the necessary expertise for the selection process. Assessors in Galway will select a maximum of five candidates, including a maximum of one student candidate, to go forward to the second stage of the competition in Shenzhen, subject to verification of eligibility. An online registration is then made by the entrants before 20 October 2015.

The Awards

Grand Award: US$30,000 (maximum 1 winners) Merit Award US$5,000 (maximum 10 winners) New Star Award (for students): US$5,000 (maximum 5 winners)

Submission details

Entries should be clearly marked “Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents 2015” and should be submitted to: Galway City of Film, Galway Film Centre, Cluain Mhuire, Wellpark Road, Galway, H91 WP9K.

Submission format

Printed material should be sent on a maximum size of A1. Submissions of 3D objects should be limited to objects below a size of 1m x 1m x 1m. Objects greater in size should be represented by images or other 2D media. Physical objects should also be accompanied by high quality printed images. A digital copy of all submission images and text must be submitted on an accompanying CD.


12.00pm, Thursday 8 October 2015: Deadline for submission to Galway UNESCO City of Film Office at Galway Film Centre.

20 October 2015: Submission of selected entrants online to second stage of competition via www.szday.org.

31 October 2015: Deadline for arrival of submissions in Shenzhen. Registration, nomination and entries submission are free. However, entrants are responsible for all logistic and insurance costs.

Late November 2015: Judging in Shenzhen and notification of winners.

Spring 2016: Awarding Ceremony in Shenzhen.

Please note: Winners must be present at the awarding ceremony. To accept the prizes, all winners of the Grand Award have to be present at the awarding ceremony. Three nights’ accommodation will be provided for winners of the Grand Award by SCCC, the Shenzhen organisers of the award. Flight tickets and three nights’ accommodation will be provided for winners of New Star Award Contact for queries: Declan Gibbons, Director, Galway City of Film, Galway Film Centre. Email: manager@galwayfilmcentre.ie


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