Bright Awards
Courtesy of Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia, the Bright Awards highlight emerging talent across secondary schools in Australia.

Overview

A celebration of creative Year 10, 11 and 12 students, the Bright Awards recognise up-and-coming designers and support the future of the arts in high schools across Australia. Whether you’re just tapping into your talent or keen to show off your well-developed skills, Billy Blue College of Design’s Bright Awards give you the chance to have your work recognised by industry experts. Plus, monetary prizes for both students and schools go towards kick-starting creative dreams.   

Meet our 2023 winners

 

Check out our 2022 and 2023 Bright Awards winners.

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Key dates

Bright Awards 2023 are now complete. 

Check out the winners here.

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Learn about the Design Thinking Process

Check out these additional resources to help create your creative portfolio.

Designing the Future: Bright Awards Workshop

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Categories and prizes

What’s on offer? By entering the Bright Awards, you could win

  • A Category Finalist spot, earning yourself $1,000 plus a complimentary Creative Cloud license* from Adobe.
  • All Category Finalists are then put forward, where one could win the Pinnacle Award in Creativity & Innovation Excellence earning a further $1,500, a scholarship* to study design and creative technology, and $5,000 for your school.

The Bright Awards are not just about the fame and kudos – although that can be great - but are about taking that first step towards a career in design and creative technology.

We're looking for original ideas, demonstrated research and planning which results in a quality submission. We would love to see how your creative submission has been considered from a social, environmental or economic perspective too.

All category finalists will be in the draw for the Pinnacle Award in Creativity & Innovation Excellence.

Need inspiration? Download our Design Thinking Workshop Guide.

  •  3D Animation
    Evaluation Criteria
    About this Category This category is open to anyone who has created anything from a concept for a 3D character, right through to an animated short film.
    Concept We’re looking for anything from a concept for a 3D character, a mechanic or a scene, right through to a fully completed animated clip.

    A submission for this category should showcase your talents as either a 3D modeller, sculptor, animator, rigger, environment, storyteller or character artist.

    We’re looking for innovation, high concepts, big ideas, slick motion and beautiful aesthetics.


    Entry Requirements
    Submission Entries will be judged on the originality of the idea, and ideas that address social, environmental or economic impact, demonstrated preparation and planning work, the overall quality of your submission.

    Suggested submission pieces include .mp4 files, YouTube or Vimeo links. If you want to make your video private, you’ll need to send us the password to view your video. It’s a great idea to also add any sketches or preparation work done during the project.
    Suggested resources TBlender, Cinema4D, Houdini, Maya, Substance, MidJourney, Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve
  • Fashion
    Evaluation Criteria
    About this Category We’re looking for pieces that represent you as a fashion/textile designer. These can be in traditional or digital art forms and can include illustrations, textiles and garments. Submissions can be in one, two or all three mediums.
    Concept Create a collection or piece inspired by the environment and scenario.

    We’re looking for pieces that represent you as a fashion/textile designer. These can be in traditional or digital art forms and can include illustrations, textiles, and garments. Submissions can be in one, two or all three mediums..

    Judges will look at the aesthetics of your design ideas (what it looks like visually), the development process, technique, creativity and presentation (layout).


    Entry Requirements
    Submission Entries will be judged on the originality of the idea, and ideas that address social, environmental or economic impact, demonstrated preparation and planning work, the overall quality of your submission.

    Suggested submission pieces may include illustrations, photos of physical artefacts, digital fashion renders, videos, PDFs. It’s a great idea to also add any sketches or preparation work made during the project.
    Suggested resources Canva, Adobe Draw, Adobe Sketch, Adobe Illustrator, Clo 3D, Milanote, Smartsheet
  • Film and Video
    Evaluation Criteria
    About this Category We’re looking for pieces that represent you as a video or film creator. Entries can create a short film or video, just be creative and show us what you got.
    Concept Create a storyboard, short film or video visualising your solution.

    A submission for this category should showcase your talents as either a storyteller, cinematographer, editor, motion designer, director, sound designer or drone operator.

    We’re looking for innovation, high concepts, fluid timing, big timing, big ideas and beautiful aesthetics.


    Entry Requirements
    Submission Entries will be judged on the originality of the idea, and ideas that address social, environmental or economic impact, demonstrated preparation and planning work, the overall quality of your submission.

    Suggested submission pieces may include .mp4 files, YouTube links, sketches, renders. If you want to make your video private, you’ll need to send us the password to view your video. It’s a great idea to also add any sketches or preparation work done during the project.
    Suggested resources Canva Storyboard Creator, Adobe After Effects, Premiere Elements, Vimeo, DaVinci Resolve
  • Games
    Evaluation Criteria
    About this Category This category is open to all aspects of gaming. You may wish to design a character and outline their characteristics and powers, design or concept a game environment in sketch form, 2D or 3D, outline the rules of a game, or even develop an entire game demo.
    Concept Create a game idea that reflects your solution.

    This category is open to all aspects of gaming. You may wish to design a character and outline their characteristics and powers, design or concept a game environment in sketch form, 2D or 3D, outline the rules of a game, or even develop an entire game demo.

    Judges will look at both the aesthetics of your design ideas (what it looks like visually) and the user friendliness and functionality of your concept.


    Entry Requirements
    Submission Entries will be judged on the originality of the idea, and ideas that address social, environmental or economic impact, demonstrated preparation and planning work, the overall quality of your submission.

    Suggested submission pieces may include .mp4 files, YouTube links, Steam links, sketches, renders. If you want to make your video private, you’ll need to send us the password to view your video. It’s a great idea to also add any sketches or preparation work made during the project.
    Suggested resources Unity, Unreal Engine, SketchUp, Game Maker Studio, RPG Studio, My Craft
  • Graphic Design
    Evaluation Criteria
    About this Category We’re looking for pieces that represent you as a graphic designer. These can be traditional or digital art forms and can span anything from works that create a visual identity for a person or organisation (such as logos, typefaces, letterheads or posters), magazine covers or layouts, product packaging and design, designs for T-shirts or apparel, or illustrations.
    Concept Create a series of graphic design assets that reflects your solution.

    We’re looking for pieces that represent you as a graphic designer. These can be traditional or digital art forms and can span anything from works that create a visual identity for a person or organisation (such as logos, typefaces, letterheads or posters), magazine covers or layouts, product packaging and design, designs for T-shirts or apparel, or illustrations.

    Judges will look at both the aesthetics of your design ideas (what it looks like visually) and the user friendliness and functionality of your concept.


    Entry Requirements
    Submission Entries will be judged on the originality of the idea, and ideas that address social, environmental or economic impact, demonstrated preparation and planning work, the overall quality of your submission.

    Suggested submission pieces may include illustrations, photos, final artwork, PDFs, JPGs, PNGs. It’s a great idea to also add any sketches or preparation work made during the project.
    Suggested resources Canva, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop or InDesign, Smartsheet
  • Interior Design
    Evaluation Criteria
    About this Category We’re looking for pieces that represent you as an interior designer. These can be hand-drawn/made or digital, and can include drawings, models, pictures or conceptual renders. Submissions will be accepted in one or a combination of these formats.
    Concept Create a space or series of spaces visualising your solution.

    We’re looking for pieces that represent you as an interior designer. These can be hand drawn/made or digital, and can include drawings, models, pictures or conceptual renders.

    Judges will look at the aesthetics of your design ideas (what it looks like visually), the development process, techniques used, creativity, 3D spatial awareness, an understanding of the elements and principles of design, and presentation (layout).


    Entry Requirements
    Submission Entries will be judged on the originality of the idea, and ideas that address social, environmental or economic impact, demonstrated preparation and planning work, the overall quality of your submission.

    Suggested submission pieces may include illustrations, photos of physical artefacts, digital interior renders, videos, PDFs. It’s a great idea to also add any sketches or preparation work made during the project.
    Suggested Resources Canva, Adobe, SketchUp, 3DS Max, Auto CAD
  • Photography
    Evaluation Criteria
    About this Category We’re looking for images that showcase your photography skills. Photographs can show anything: architecture, landscape, nature, portrait, still-life, street photography… you name it, we’ll accept it.
    Concept Create a series of images inspired by the environment and scenario.

    We’re looking for images that showcase your photography skills. Photographs can show anything: architecture, landscape, nature, portrait, still-life, street photography… you name it, we’ll accept it.

    We’ll be judging your work based on your creativity, the composition of the shots and the story or narrative behind them.


    Entry Requirements
    Submission Entries will be judged on the originality of the idea, and ideas that address social, environmental or economic impact, demonstrated preparation and planning work, the overall quality of your submission.

    Please submit 3-5 individual images, or a PDF Folio with up to 5 pages. The smallest image size we recommend you submit is 1MB and the largest size 5MB. Ideally, we’d like your images to be in JPEG or PNG format in RGB colour mode. It’s a great idea to also add any sketches or preparation work made during the creation of your work.
    Suggested Resources Canva, Adobe, Pinterest, Milanote
  • UX and Web Design
    Evaluation Criteria
    About this Category We’re looking for pieces that represent you as a web or interactive designer. Entries can plan anything from functional websites or mobile apps to interactive installations and UX projects – or even concepts for any of the above.
    Concept Design a digital solution solving the scenario problem.

    We’re looking for work that represents you as an interactive designer. Entries can propose anything from functional websites or mobile apps to interactive installations and UX documentation.

    We’ll be judging your work based on innovation, high concepts, big ideas, digital relevancy, user-centric and beautiful aesthetics.


    Entry Requirements
    Submission Entries will be judged on the originality of the idea, and ideas that address social, environmental or economic impact, demonstrated preparation and planning work, the overall quality of your submission.

    Suggested submission pieces can include any digital format, but may include Figma links, URLs to a hosted submission, YouTube links, sketches. Think about the UX for the judges in viewing your design problem, solution and proposal. If you want to make your submission assets private, you’ll need to send us the password to access. It’s a great idea to also add any sketches or preparation work made during the project.
    Suggested Resources WordPress, Wix, SquareSpace, WebFlow, Figma, Miro, Adobe XD, Sketch, ChatGPT
  • Coding and Robotics
    Evaluation Criteria
    About this Category We’re looking for pieces that represent you as a network designer or software developer. Entries can plan anything from concept of a robotic or coding visualising the scenario and outcome.
    Concept Present your ideas in documentation form, or create a working robot or component of code that solves a problem identified in the scenario.

    Think cyber security, artificial intelligence, machine learning or any smart ICT solution.

    We’re looking for pieces that represent you as a Data Specialist, Network Designer or Software Developer.


    Entry Requirements
    Submission Entries will be judged on the originality of the idea, and ideas that address social, environmental or economic impact, demonstrated preparation and planning work, the overall quality of your submission.

    Suggested submission pieces can include documentation, diagrams, code file, or working code application. If you want to make your submission assets private, you’ll need to send us the password to access. It’s a great idea to also add any preparation work made during the project.
    Suggested Resources C++, Python and JavaScript, Scratch, Code.org, Microsoft Applications
Showcase your creative talent

Meet our judges

Robyn Latimer | Graphic Design
Robyn Latimer
Head Judge
Practising design in multiple sectors for 25 years, Robyn has owned a studio, directed a company, managed and designed countless community projects and for the past 15 years has maintained a governance role at Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia.
At Torrens University Australia, she advocates for equity of access to lifelong learning through online education, and attaches importance to global perspectives and transferable knowledge. She received a 2010 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award and Order of Australia Medal in 2018.

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Russell Ponting | Branded Fashion Design and Creative Technology | Staff
Russell Ponting
Fashion

Specialising in fashion marketing and branding, Russell has spent more than 20 years in the fashion industry, using his skills as a designer and educator to empower individuals and organisations to achieve results.

Along the way, he has worked with companies such as Globe International and Pacific Brands, managing marketing for an array of youth fashion brands including Stussy, Superdry, Mossimo and Mooks. Russell is passionate about fashion brand development and strategically aligning product and brand to meet consumer need. He is keenly interested in the impact that technology and questions of ethical production and sustainable practice will have for emerging fashion designers as they enter and transform the industry.

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Trent Nayler | Games
Trent Naylor
Games

Trent is a co-founder of Sydney-based games studio Pygmy Tyrant.

He has designed and created gaming content for more than 20 years and has worked with high-school and university students for nearly 12. He is currently the Senior Lecturer in Games for Media Design School Sydney and he hopes to see games grow as a medium for art and storytelling.

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Ivan Kintanar | Animation
Ivan Kintanar
Animation

Ivan has worked in the 3D industry for more than 15 years as a VFX, 3D and games artist.

He has numerous film, TV and game credits for working on projects with 2K Games, Tacx, Saatchi & Saatchi, Buick and more. Ivan is a 3D lecturer for Digital Media at Billy Blue College of Design.

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Liam Key
UX and Web Design

Liam has freelanced in industry for the past 10 years, working with clients such as ABC and Queensland Government.

 Liam also works as an experimental digital artist producing award winning projects in fields such as post-production, 3D animation, virtual reality, interaction design, robotics, projection mapping, VJing, interactive public installation and is currently focusing on laser light installations.

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Andrew Marsh
Andrew Marsh
Film and Video

Andy Marsh is an education professional with over twenty years of experience within the international private education sector.

 He has lectured in a range of topics including documentary production, digital media research, print design and publishing, film and video, media production, web development, 3D design and animation, computer games, photography, and communication design. Andy is an active independent media producer and has a wealth of experience in planning, filming, and post-production for TV factual, news, motor sports, events, and unscripted documentary.

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Daniel Coelho | Design | Creative Technology
Daniel Coelho
Photography

Daniel has been a professional photographer for over 20 years, working with DDB, BBDO, Leo Burnett advertising agencies, and clients such NAB, Coles, Luxottica, Manly Council, University of NSW, and Blackmores.

His education journey started in 2013 when he joined the Photo Imaging department to manage the online program nationally. Daniel is a passionate and innovative educator who believes in student-centred approaches to teaching.

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Mel O'brien | Interior Design and Creative Technology | Staff
Melissa O'Brien
Interior Design

Melissa is an interior architect, designer, decorator, stylist, researcher, and educator with 15 years' experience across these fields.

She has a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from UNSW and a Masters of Design from Torrens University. With a background predominantly in large-scale commercial projects, Melissa is now a Director with Maxwell + Shirley, an interior design practice working primarily in residential architecture and interior design, and is also a senior academic in Interior Design and Decoration at Torrens University.

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Elicia Simon | Communication and Graphic Design | Torrens University
Elicia Simon
Graphic Design
With 20 years of experience in the creative sector, Elicia has managed a variety of design organisations and design teams.
Her experience spans print, digital, advertising, television and photography disciplines across design, production and leadership. Her industry perspective is informed from working with brands such as Versace, Subway and the Supercars franchise as well as agencies such as the QLD government. Elicia is an advocate for practice-based learning and loves guiding students through their journey to an exciting creative career. Her 10+ years of education experience has seen her specialise in online delivery methods and drive a best practice approach to remote learning for the Design and Creative Technology vertical.

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Tony Jan

Associate Professor Tony Jan
Coding & Robotics


Tony holds a PhD in machine learning in network security and a bachelor’s in computer engineering, and has been responsible for the accreditation of prominent IT education.
programs across Australia. With more than 20 years of senior academic leadership experience in the Australian university sector, Tony is a certified senior member of the Australian Computer Society and the ACS accreditation review board. He serves as associate editor for a number of journals and has published more than 60 articles and conference proceedings related to AI, cybersecurity and industry 4.0, supported by a number of ARC Discovery Projects and industry-sponsored research projects.

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