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

Entrants must be professionals working in the field(s) of graphic design, photography, illustration, advertising, art direction, environmental design, film, animation, motion graphics, interactive design, typography, architecture, copywriting, product design, package design, product design, fashion design, furniture design, interior design, sound design or industrial design. If your work does not fit within any of these categories, this does not necessarily mean that it isn’t eligible – email adcyoungguns@adcglobal.org to make sure.

Entrants must be 30 years of age or younger on the day entries open and must have been working professionally for at least 2 years (both full-time and freelance work qualify). We will require a proof of age in the form of a Passport, State ID or drivers license.

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. 


6-10 pieces of professional and personal work. A maximum of half of your pieces submitted 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 Unpublished and client-rejected spec work counts as personal work.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. Submissions need not conform to any specific media categories. Your submitted portfolio may feature work in one medium or several. 



Late entries will be accepted from April 1, 2015 to April 10, 2015, but will incur a late fee of $25 USD in addition to the regular entry fee of $135. 


ADC is a non-profit organization which strives to connect, provoke, and elevate individuals of all ages and professional levels within the communication arts industry. Proceeds From Young Guns help fund all ADC programs, including our scholarship fund, Saturday Career Workshops, National Studio Portfolio Review, and the Henry Wolfe Photography Workshop. Explore all of ADC’s programming by visiting www.adcglobal.org.


Winners are awarded the ADC Young Guns Cube, re-designed exclusively for each year’s class. Their best work is showcased in an exhibition at ADC Gallery. The exhibition also travels in digital and print form to various international venues, and is added to ADC’s permanent collection online. 

In addition, each winner receives one year of free membership to the ADC and becomes part of the ADC Young Guns Network. ADC Young Guns are regularly featured in ADC events, the Young Guns blog and twitter feed, and are eligible for an assortment of career-boosting benefits from ADC Young Guns sponsors.

Most importantly though, winners gain a spot within a very exclusive, very special community: The Young Guns.