Earth Guardians
Character Design Competition

We're hunting for Aotearoa's best young concept designers and have an amazing collection of prizes. Create a character to defend the earth, using nature and the elements to inspire your designs.

Josh Walker, BDes (Hons)

Josh Walker, Bachelor of Design with Honours

Josh Walker, Bachelor of Design with Honours

Raunip by Josh Walker, Bachelor of Design with Honours

Powered by Massey University and Weta Workshop

Create a character to defend the earth, using nature and the elements to inspire your designs.

Tell us where your character lives, what special powers it has and links it may have to specific places, myths and legends, customary Māori narratives and deities.

  • Entries are due 1 July 2020.
  • This competition is open to New Zealand secondary school students aged 15–19.
  • The International Student Concept Artist Award is open to secondary school students aged 15–19 in countries other than New Zealand.

Meet our industry judges

Download the full terms and conditions for entry

Download a poster for your classroom

See the Earth Guardians Junior competition (Years 9–10)

Questions? Contact A.Visser1@massey.ac.nz

Prizes

Industry Selected Ultimate Concept Artist Award
Wacom 16" Cintiq Pen Display to take your design career to the next level

Wellington School of Design Create With Us Award
$1000 towards studying the Bachelor of Design at Massey University*

Weta Workshop and Wellington School of Design | Top School Award
A visit to your school by designers from Weta Workshop

Weta Workshop Rising Stars Highly Commended Awards x10
$150 towards travel to Wellington for a Concept Design experience and a tour of Weta Workshop

Massey University and PikPok Best Game Concept
$150 towards travel and a one day experience at PikPok in Wellington





International Student Concept Artist Award
Wacom 16" Cintiq Pen Display to take your design career global

Massey University Moana Oceania Narratives Award
$500 prize pack including flights to Wellington for a Weta Workshop experience
Awarded to the best entry that displays homage to Atua across Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa

Massey University Te Ao Māori Award
$500 prize pack including flights to Wellington for a Weta Workshop experience
Awarded to the best entry inspired by customary Māori practices of sustainability, customary narratives and toi Māori

Gordon Harris Highly Commended Schools participation awards x5
$250 prize pack of art supplies from Gordon Harris for your school

Submit your entry using the online form.



Turn your character design talent into a lifelong creative career.

Study concept design

Te Ara Toroa — Rere Ki Uta, Rere Ki Tai
The flight of the albatross — Venturing into the unknown
Design by Ngataiharuru Taepa, Kaihautu Toi Māori—Director of Māori Arts

Toi Rauwhārangi
College of Creative Arts
Wellington, Aotearoa

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