Yoobees LIGHT & DARK Character Design Competition

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Emotion: Serenity. Character created by Yoobee Rotorua Campus Tutor, Lee Tawhai.

CREATE a character and WIN incredible prizes!

Light & Dark ended 31 Jan, winners were announced on our social media channels 01 Mar.

Artwork of the 2020 Light & Dark 1st, 2nd & 3rd Prize Winners, and the Top 20 finalists from both the secondary school category and open category are showcased below, scroll down further to enjoy!

What is a Light & Dark character?
Light & Dark focuses on the art of emotion. Contestants create a character by hand, or animation, that embodies two contrasting emotions; one light emotion, and one dark emotion. We accept any type of style, so long as it meets the design brief.

Light & Dark emotion-set options:
Option 1: Excitement & Fear
Option 2: Love & Despair
Option 3: Serenity & Rage
Option 4: Curiosity & Disgust

Prizes were sponsored by Adobe, Wacom, Gordon Harris, and Yoobee Colleges. 

Worth over $10,000.00

First prize winners receive:

- A One Year Scholarship to Yoobee's Bachelor of Animation Degree, or Bachelor of Software Engineering Degree (One Year of Bachelor study at Yoobee is valued at approx. $9,900+)
- A Wacom Cintiq 16" (Valued at $1,099.00)
- Adobe Creative Suite - One year subscription. (Valued at $943.82)
- $350.00 Gordon Harris gift-vouchers

Worth over $5,000.00

Second prize winners receive:

- A free spot on Yoobee's online Level 4 Certificate Creative Media programme (Valued at $3,600+), or a free spot on an alternative programme. See full list of alternative programme options when entering into the competition according to category. (Each alternative programme option is valued between $180.00-$1,000.00+)
- A Wacom Intuos Pro Medium (Valued at $579.00)
- Adobe Creative Suite - One year subscription. (Valued at $943.82)
- $350.00 Gordon Harris gift-vouchers

Worth over $2,000.00

Third prize winners receive:

- A free spot on Yoobee's STAR course, or Holiday Programme, or Short-course, or Micro-credential course depending on the category you enter. (Depending on selection; valued at approx. $180.00- $1,000.00+)
- Adobe Creative Suite - One year subscription. (Valued at $943.82)
- $350.00 Gordon Harris gift-vouchers

Both categories have their own prize-pools; over $17k worth of prizes for each category.

Plus, our Light & Dark weekly giveaway's!

Entrants also get the chance to win one of our $50.00 BONFIRE gift-card giveaway's throughout the competition.

Embrace the Light & Dark experience

We're big on support, and community for all contestants.

It's important to us that you enjoy the Light & Dark experience throughout the competition.  

Join our Facebook page, private Facebook feed-back group, and Instagram account to keep in the loop.

For those who are too young to join the competition this year - continue developing your drawing skills, and keep across each competition we run until you are old enough to join in. This will have you fully prepared to enter Light & Dark at Year 11. 

List of all Light and Dark 2020 winners 

Main competition prize winners
Open 18yr+ Category

1st: Alice Mok 
2nd: Hallie Grupo 
3rd: Maia Kaa 

Secondary School Category  
1st: Eva Hu 
2nd: Tamon Smith 
3rd: Anastasija Vlatkovic

Smaller prize winners
The Light & Dark weekly giftcard* give-aways.
During the main Light & Dark competition we ran mini comps each week so that all Light & Dark contestants get a chance to WIN $50* while they worked on their Light & Dark character.  

See details of the mini comps below. 

Week 1: The kick-off 
We placed entrants names onto a list and used a digital generator to select our first two winners at random.
Winners Vlada Vaseneva (Auckland), and Joel Graham (Christchurch)

Week 2: Creative space
Draw or take a photo of your creative space, post it to IG, and tag us!
Winners Casey Gilbert (Manawatu-Wanganui), and Amber Corble (Northland). 

Week 3: 4-styles 
Create drawings of your favourite Classical Christmas Character in four different styles, 1) Your own style, 2) Anime, 3) Simpsons, & 4) Abstract. post it to  FB, and tag us in it!
Winners Catherine Pelt (Bay of Plenty), and Vlada Vaseneva (Auckland).  

Week 4: Mood-board/ Inspo folders 
Show us your Light & Dark characters mood-board, or where you're getting inspiration from, post it to your IG, and tag us in it!
Winners Julius Yoneda (Canterbury), and Justine Hailey (Hamilton).

Week 5: Illustrate your future
What are you hoping to achieve in 2021? Do you want to sign up for a new hobby, travel around New Zealand, start a side hustle, or maybe you just simply want to stop watching too much TV? Draw your goals for 2021, post to IG and tag us in it!
Winners Poppy Wilkins (Wellington), and Vlada Vaseneva (Auckland).

Week 6: All the feels
Draw a person who you look up to and tell us why. This could be an artist, author, social influencer, or even your grandma. Whoever inspires you to keep looking ahead, draw them in your favourite style, and let us know why you choose them. Create your drawing, post to IG and tag us in it! 
Winners Nina (Invercargill), and Vlada Vaseneva (Auckland).

Week 7: Random draw
Beka Smyth (Caterbury), and Kyai March (Auckland). 

Congratulations to all our winners this year! If you missed out on the 2020 competition, Light & Dark is an annual competition - keep an eye out for the next one! 

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