1st place, 2016 - Chow Qin Yi, Auckland University

It gets bigger and better every year. Weta Workshop has opened the 2017 call for entries for the annual Gwangmyeong Concept Design Competition. Up for grabs? An incredible trip to South Korea with Weta Workshop CEO and Co-founder, Richard Taylor.

Now in its fourth year, the competition is a rare opportunity for New Zealand’s next generation of concept designers to get their work noticed. Entries will be judged by a panel made up of Richard Taylor and key members of Weta Workshop’s Design Studio, known worldwide for their concept design work on films like Ghost in the Shell, Avatar, and The Hobbit motion picture trilogy. Submissions will also feature on the competition’s official website, gcdc.co.nz.

This year, Kiwi students are asked to dream big for New Zealand’s biggest cities – and the creatures who might one day inhabit them.

“Imagine a New Zealand city such as Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland in the year 2040 – a city of utopian design and construction. How do you imagine the city looks from the fashion and architecture, to the automotive (cars, trucks, public transport) and signage? And of course: by the year 2040 we may have made contact with extra-terrestrials who are now living among us!”
-Richard Taylor, CEO & Co-founder, Weta Workshop

2016 represented the competition’s biggest yet, with 102 entries submitted by students across the country. Proving that the rising stars of concept design can be found around any corner, last year’s winner was first-year University of Auckland student Chow Qin Yi. His degree? Architecture.

The success of last year’s GCDC competition means there are big prizes in store for the 2017 cohort. Not only will both winner and runner-up accompany Richard to South Korea for the 4th annual Gwangmyeong Concept Design Symposium (all flights, transfers and accommodation included); Wacom have returned with prizes to keep their creative juices flowing. This year’s winner will receive Wacom’s creative pen display Cintiq 13HD, and the runner-up will scoop up Wacom’s Intuos Pro Medium pen tablet.

Submissions for the 2017 Gwangmyeong Concept Design Competition close at 5pm on 15 August, 2017. All tertiary students with creative bones are encouraged to apply. Enter now.

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