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.

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Key dates
Applications open: 29 March
Applications close: 15 Nov
Winners announced: 6 Dec

Categories and prizes

  • 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 A submission for this category should showcase your talents as either a 3D modeller, sculptor, animator, rigger, environment, or character artist. Entries for this category can be any image or video work that you've created from scratch - we're looking for innovation, high concepts, big ideas, slick motion and beautiful aesthetics. Show us your creative maturity and the best you've got.


    Entry Requirements
    Images

    We are looking for between three and 10 images that represent your breadth of work as a graphic designer. Ideally, we’d like your images to be in JPEG or PNG format in RGB colour mode.

    Videos

    The easiest way to submit a video is to upload it to a video-sharing website such as Vimeo or YouTube. If you want to make your video private, you’ll need to send us the password to view your video. Alternatively, if you want to send us the original file, you will need to compress the video and submit it as full HD (1080p) or HD (720p).

  • 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 We’re looking for work that is all your own – that is, work based off original thoughts, concepts and ideas. 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
    Images

    We are looking for between three and 10 images that represent your breadth of work as a game designer. Ideally, we’d like your images to be presented as JPEG files or as a multi-page PDF (with each image or concept presented on a separate page) in RGB colour mode.

    Videos

    The easiest way to submit a video is to upload it to a video-sharing website such as Vimeo or YouTube. If you want to make your video private, you’ll need to send us the password to view your video.

  • 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 A submission for this category should showcase your talents as either a cinematographer, editor, motion designer, director, sound designer or drone operator. Entries for this category can be any video work that you've created from scratch - we're looking for innovation, high concepts, fluid timing, big ideas and beautiful aesthetics. Show us your creative maturity and the best you've got.


    Entry Requirements
    Video

    The easiest way to submit a video is to upload it to a video-sharing website such as Vimeo or YouTube. If you want to make your video private, you’ll need to send us the password to view your video.

       
  • Games
    Evaluation Criteria
    About this Category This category is open to everyone from 2D or 3D artists who have devised a concept for a game, to those who have created their own playable demo.
    Concept We’re looking for work that is all your own – that is, work based off original thoughts, concepts and ideas. 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
    Images

    We are looking for between three and 10 images that represent your breadth of work as a game designer. Ideally, we’d like your images to be presented as JPEG files or as a multi-page PDF (with each image or concept presented on a separate page) in RGB colour mode.

    Videos

    The easiest way to submit a video is to upload it to a video-sharing website such as Vimeo or YouTube. If you want to make your video private, you’ll need to send us the password to view your video.

  • 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 We’re looking for work that is all your own – that is, work based off original thoughts, concepts and ideas. 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
    Images We’re looking for between three and 10 images that represent your breadth of work as a graphic designer. Ideally, we’d like your images to be in JPEG or PNG format in RGB colour mode.
    Video The easiest way to submit a video is to upload it to a video-sharing website such as Vimeo or YouTube. If you want to make your video private, you’ll need to send us the password to view your video.
  • 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 We’re looking for work that is all your own – that is, work based off original thoughts, concepts and ideas. 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
    Images

    We are looking for between three and 10 images that represent your breadth of work as a game designer. Ideally, we’d like your images to be presented as JPEG files or as a multi-page PDF (with each image or concept presented on a separate page) in RGB colour mode.

    Videos

    The easiest way to submit a video is to upload it to a video-sharing website such as Vimeo or YouTube. If you want to make your video private, you’ll need to send us the password to view your video.

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


    Entry Requirements
    Images We’re looking for three images. 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.
  • 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 A submission for this category should showcase your talents as either a web, mobile or interactive coder or designer. Entries for this category could be any design or coding work for websites, UX design or interactive installations. Entries for this category can be any image or video work that you've created from scratch - we're looking for innovation, high concepts, big ideas, digital relevancy, and beautiful aesthetics. Show us your creative maturity and the best you've got.


    Entry Requirements
    Video

    The easiest way to submit a video is to upload it to a video-sharing website such as Vimeo or YouTube. If you want to make your video private, you’ll need to send us the password to view your video.

    URLs

    If you have created a website to display your interactive projects on, you can send us a link to your page – just make sure it’s live so we can see it!

Showcase your creative talent

Meet our judges

Darryn Melrose | Bright Awards | Design | Creative Technology
Darryn Melrose
Head Judge

Darryn joined Torrens University as General Manager Design and Creative Technology in January 2021, having previously served as GM Design and Creative Technology for Torrens University from 2016 - 2019 and Chief Executive of Media Design School (MDS) from 2013 – 2019. MDS is Torren University’s sister institution in New Zealand. Darryn has a strong background in the tertiary education sector in Australia, New Zealand and globally, previously serving as CEO of Whitecliffe College of Arts Design, Fashion and Technology and as a Board Director for Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Outside of education, his breadth of experience spans financial services, FMCG, retail, marketing, telecommunications, and digital sectors. His accomplishments include founding the Digital Leadership Group, elevating AIM Proximity as the second best direct/digital marketing agency in the world in 2009, and leading the world’s first entry by a bank into the energy and telecommunications retail markets. He was also the creator and leader of GlobalPlus, the triple-alliance of Air New Zealand, Bank of New Zealand and Telecom.

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.

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.

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.

Liam Key
Film and Video

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.

Danni Liu
UX and Web Design

Danni has worked in the design industry for 15 years and been a lecturer at Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia for 12 years. She is skilled in Web Applications, UX/UI Design, Adobe CC, Concept Development, and Corporate Identity.

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.

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.

Nathan Scoular | Communication Design and Creative Technology | Staff
Nathan Scoular
Graphic Design

The power of collaborative creativity is what drives Nathan and how he uses 20 years of experience in communication, design and education sectors to help empower individuals and organisations to achieve results. Former designer, creative and art director for prominent design and advertising agencies including XOU, Pearshop and Jack Watts Currie, Nathan leads a team of industry-focused educators in the discipline area of Graphic and Communication Design.

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