Posted: 03.20.08/19:01

Call for Entries: ADC Young Guns 6

​The rules are simple. You must be under the age of 30, you must have two years’ experience in a creative profession, and you must produce high-caliber visual work that will seize the jury’s attention and knock ’em dead. On April 3, ADC Young Guns 6 opens its call for entries worldwide. The competition kicks off with Disclosure, a same-day launch party that will unveil the results of The Undiscovered Letter, a contest in which past ADC Young Guns were invited to design the not-yet-existent twenty-seventh letter of the alphabet. This year the ADC has gathered a jury of past Young Guns from competition classes 1–5 to evaluate the diverse body of work submitted by contestants. Having once won the honor themselves, these jury members are uniquely suited to evaluate the creative daring, visual expression, and all-around talent of Young Guns hopefuls. As a growing community of the best and the brightest in cross-disciplinary creativity, the Young Guns’ endorsement adds special distinction to the award. (See below for a full list of jury members.)

Fifty new Young Guns will be chosen as this year’s competition class; they will be announced in September and presented with the ADC Cube at the opening party for the gallery exhibition of their work. Selections of their work will be printed in a commemorative, limited edition volume published exclusively for the Art Directors Club by Moleskine®. The ADC Young Guns 6 class will also have their work added to the ADC’s permanent collection online and receive one-year membership in the organization.

As in previous years, submissions need not conform to any specific media categories; entries may consist of one medium or as many as the contestant chooses to include. Contestants are asked to submit 6–10 pieces, up to 3 of which can be personal work, and will be judged on the basis of this body of work. Eligibility requires only that the contestant is under 30 years of age and has at least two years of professional experience (both full-time and freelance work qualify). The competition is open internationally, and past entries have come from as far as Australia, Croatia, South Africa, and Hong Kong. The entry fee is $125 USD; proceeds help fund the ADC’s wide-ranging programs throughout the year. The deadline for submissions is June 2, and late entries will be assessed an additional $25 fee. Procedural guidelines are available online (

Adobe®, the lead sponsor for ADC Young Guns 6, supports this project for its close alignment with the way Adobe® products recognize and help creatives who work across platforms and without boundaries. Supporting sponsorship has been provided by JanouPakter, a talent recruiter for the world’s leading corporations, design consultancies, advertising and branding agencies, and fashion and luxury goods houses since 1985.

To learn more about ADC Young Guns 6, visit (*Website will launch with call for entries on April 3.)

For information about The Undiscovered Letter, visit

Contact: Press inquiries to Chris Ahn (

All other questions and information requests to ADC Young Guns Manager Noémie Bonnet (, 212.643.1440 x25).

About the ADC (

Founded in 1920, the Art Directors Club is the premier organization for integrated media. As an international creative collective and self-funding nonprofit, the ADC’s mission is to promote the highest standards of excellence in visual communications through programs in the converging fields of advertising, interactive media, and design.

ADC YOUNG GUNS 6 Jury Members

Stefan Bucher (YG4)

Stella Bugbee (YG5)

Deanne Cheuk (YG4)

Niko Courtelis (YG2)

Jeff Glendenning (YG5)

Tiziana Haug (YG5)

Jeremy Hollister (YG3)

Honest (Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion) (YG4)

Chris Hutchinson (YG5)

Rei Inamoto (YG4)

Matthew Leavitt (YG3)

Albert Lee (YG5)

The Little Friends of Printmaking (YG5)

Driscoll Reid (YG5)

Chris Rubino (YG5)

Todd St. John (YG1)

Scott Stowell (YG3)

Ward Sutton (YG2)

Carlo van de Roer (YG5) 

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