Photographers and filmmakers: entries are now open for D&AD Next Awards

Tam Hoi Ying

Photographers take note – the D&AD Next Awards are now open to entries for its third year of competition. 

The awards aim to find the fresh talent in film and photography, and promote the aspiring creatives back to the industry.

There are two awards to win – D&AD Next Director Award and D&AD Next Photographer Award. 

The Next Photographer award will once again be held in partnership with Getty Images – whose offering the winner a $5,000 (around £4,100) prize grant among other opportunities. 

Entries are open until February 2017, with entry prices starting from £25. Submissions can be made directly on the D&AD website. There is no age limit for entrants and any genre of work can be submitted, allowing entries a whole scope of creative freedom.

Winners take home a coveted D&AD Next Awards Pencil, which will earn them a place in the D&AD Annual 2017 alongside all shortlisted entrants.

Las year the Next Director Award winner was BAFTA-winning Daisy Jacobs for her animated film The Bigger Picture. The British animation director used stop-motion and painted animation to create her life-size characters. Watch the trailer below. See all winning and shortlisted 2016 work here.

Hong Kong-Chinese photographer Tam Hoi Ying won the Next Photographer award, in conjunction with Getty Images. Interested in visual storytelling, Tam uses photos to raise awareness of the human rights situation in China (as seen below). See all winning and shortlisted 2016 work here.


Entries for the D&AD Professional Awards are also now open for entry, and the D&AD New Blood Briefs are live and ready for a response.

The D&AD Next Director Award

This is open to filmmakers with less than two years’ industry experience.

It’s £40 to enter, and you can submit any type of film up to five minutes long, whether it’s live action, animation, commercials, documentaries, short films, music videos or branded content. 

Find out what you can win and where to enter here.

The D&AD Next Photographer Award 

If less than 50% of your income from the past three years was from your own photography, then you can enter the D&AD Next Photographer Award for a chance to win a $5,000 grant.

It’s £25 per entry, there’s no age limit, and you can submit up to five images and any type of photography – whether fashion, advertising, art, portrait or editorial.

Find out what you can win and where to enter here.

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