The inaugural Bright Awards provides students the chance to “benchmark their creativity against their peers on the domestic stage” says Media Design School communications manager and driving force behind the awards Analiese Jackson.

“The Bright Awards is a unique opportunity that supports schools, irrespective of decile or geographic location,” says Jackson.  “We see this as a platform to empower and support young people across New Zealand in their creative endeavours.”

“Judging by the diverse range of submissions that have already been received, it’s going to be a very exciting and robust competition,” says Jackson.

Entries are open to the Bright Awards in five categories: photography; graphic design; animation; app; and interactive – submissions for this category can span anything from functional websites to interactive installations or UX projects, and games.

Entries being accepted range from concepts or drawings to finished projects such as games and videos.

Ten cash prizes are up for grabs: Students can win two major cash prizes, $1,000 for themselves and $3,000 for their school. Schools that demonstrate an ability to produce talented students in the fields of digital and traditional design could also be in the running for The Bright School of the Year Award.

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts from Media Design School’s award-winning faculty headed by Jim Murray, programme co-ordinator of the Bachelor of Media Design.

Entries close 15 September 2017 and the winners will be announced on 2 October 2017.

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