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Awards: One Club’s Young Guns name nine APAC finalist; Filipino illustrator Raxenne Maniquiz selected

NEW YORK, USA – Nine talented creatives from APAC have been named finalists in The One Club for Creativity’s prestigious Young Guns 18 competition, celebrating international creative professionals age 30 or younger.

Finalists from the region with their area of specialization are:

  • Natsuki Isa, SHA Inc., Tokyo (graphic design)
  • Mak Kaihang, independent, Hong Kong (graphic design)
  • Ieong Kun Lam, independent, Macau (illustration)
  • Xiaomei Liu, Transwhite Studio, Hangzhou (graphic design)
  • Raxenne Maniquiz, independent, Santa Maria (illustration)
  • Tomoki Misato, independant, Tokyo (animation)
  • Alice Mourou, Oddity Studio, Hong Kong (graphic design)
  • Somei Sun, Somei Design, Shanghai (animation)
  • Chan Wai Hon, independent, Hong Kong (graphic design)

The complete list of 83 Young Guns 18 finalists from 19 countries can be viewed here.


Young Guns is the industry’s only international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based awards competition that identifies today’s vanguard of young creatives.  Submissions were received from more than 40 countries and judged by the diverse jury of 82 top creatives — about half of whom are past YG winners — from 32 countries.

This year’s winners will be announced at a special online event on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, details to be announced shortly.

All Young Guns winners will receive a unique version of the iconic Young Guns Cube, designed exclusively for this year’s incoming class, and have their permanent profile page added to the Young Guns website.  Winners also receive a complimentary one-year One Club for Creativity membership, permanent membership in the Young Guns network, a chance to be featured in Young Guns events and an assortment of career-boosting opportunities from Young Guns sponsors.

Young Guns 18 branding and design of the Cube award itself is recreated each year by a past Young Gun winner.  This year’s YG18 branding and award are designed by CONTINO, New York, founded by creative director and YG9 winner Jon Contino.

Levine/Leavitt Artist In Residence Award

For the seventh consecutive year, international artists management agency and Young Guns sponsor Levine/Leavitt will bestow one talented winner with the Artist In Residence Award.

The honor is presented annually to a newly crowned Young Gun whose body of work truly stands out, as judged by an advisory board of industry professionals across a range of disciplines.  The winner receives a full year of professional development, guidance and mentorship from Levine/Leavitt to help advance their career.

Young Guns 18 and other One Club activities are made possible in part through the generous support of sponsors including CONTINOLevine/Leavitt and Shutterstock.

The One Club for Creativity, producer of The One Show, ADC Annual Awards and Creative Week, is the world’s foremost non-profit organization whose mission is to support and celebrate the success of the global creative community.  The One Show is a top global awards show for advertising, design and digital marketing, focusing on the creativity of ideas and quality of execution. The global ADC Annual Awards honors creative excellence in craft, design and innovation across all disciplines. Creative Week takes place in New York every May, and is the preeminent festival celebrating the intersection of advertising and the arts.

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