Everything you need to know about the Young Designer of the Year Award 2023

6 May 2022

The Young Designer of the Year Award, in partnership with Oceanco celebrates the original concepts of student and trainee designers from around the globe. This highly regarded award tasks young designers with a realistic client request to challenge their ideas, technical ability and aptitude for delivery. The brief is set to provide valuable and authentic insight into the reality of working as a designer within the superyacht industry. 

The task

This year, students are asked to imagine themselves as members of a small design studio, which has recently completed a design for the renowned yacht builder, Oceanco. Click here to read more about the task for 2023.

For some inspiration, click here to take a look back at the 2022 competition winner, Spanish designer Ignacio Bourgon, and his 65 metre yacht concept, Air.

The entry requirements

The Young Designer of the Year competition 2023 is open to designers who will be 28 years old or younger on the 1st January 2023 and entrants must not have been employed for financial gain in a Yacht Design Studio. As usual, this year’s event is for individuals, so in creating a design, competitors must work alone. To find out more about the requirements, click here.

The competition is now closed. If you have any questions please contact Annabel.fairlie@boatinternationalmedia.com

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The judges and sponsor

The Young Designer of the Year is judged by a panel consisting of internationally known yacht designers, and this year, entrants will be reviewed by representatives from the likes of Winch Design, Tim Heywood Designs and Reymond Langton Design. To see the complete list of 2023 judges, click here. The loyal sponsor of the Young Designer of the Year Award is Oceanco.


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