Earth Guardians
Character Design Competition

We're hunting for the 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

Ykine by Madeline Head

Ykine by Madeline Head, Burnside High School, 2020 Industry Selected Ultimate Concept Artist Award winner

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.

  • Entries are open now and close Wednesday 1 July 2021.
  • This competition is open to New Zealand secondary school and kura kaupapa students in Years 10–13 (including international students studying in New Zealand).
  • There are two categories open to international students aged 14–18 from anywhere outside New Zealand.

Meet our industry judges

Download the full terms and conditions for entry [PDF]

Download a poster for your classroom [PDF]

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

How to enter

Submit your entry through the Earth Guardians competition entry form.

Digital images should be uploaded in high resolution, 1080x1080px. Scanned images or photos should be at 300dpi.

Entry submissions must include:

  • Name of your character
  • A 300 word description of the inspiration behind your design. 

You can submit up to two entries, and they must be two completely different characters. 

Make sure you read the full terms and conditions before you submit your entry.

Categories

New Zealand Ultimate Concept Artist Award
Massey University and Weta Workshop
Wacom 16" Cintiq Pen Display to take your design career to the next level

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

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

International Rising Stars Highly Commended Awards x5
Adobe Creative Educators
1 year Adobe Stock or Adobe Creative Cloud subscription

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

Top School Award
Massey University and Weta Workshop
A visit to your school by designers from Weta Workshop

 

 





Moana Oceania Narratives Award
Massey University
$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

Te Ao Māori Award
Massey University
$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

Best Game Concept x5
PikPok
Win 1 of 5 PikPok prize packs

Traditional Media Award x5
Gordon Harris
Win 1 of 5 $100 prize packs of art supplies

Highly Commended Schools Participation Awards x5
Gordon Harris and Adobe Creative Educators
Win 1 of 5 $250 prize pack of art supplies from Gordon Harris for your school and Adobe Creative Educator merchandise for your teachers and classrooms

2020 winners

We had over 300 outstanding entries to the 2020 Earth Guardians competition, and our panel of industry expert judges had a challenging time selecting the stars. Congratulations to our winners!

Check out the winning entries!

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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