Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents - 5th edition

October 25, 2022

The Shenzhen Culture, Creativity & Design Association invites designers from the 295 member cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network to submit entries for the 5th edition of the SDAY competition, recognizing the success and talent of young designers.

Under this year’s theme, Sustainable Design, the awards competition will reward the efforts of emerging designers who, through their creativity, contribute to improving environmental quality as well as social and economic development—and, more broadly, to making cities more liveable. It also seeks to promote sustainable design as a major lever in the co-existence of human and nature to build a planet where we share our future.

“I would definitely urge any young designer to enter this competition. I think it’s a serious award that’s really meant to encourage the emerging generation by implementing the means to do it: among other things an exhibition, opportunities for dialogue with peers from all over the world, and a cash prize.”

– Mouna Andraos, co-founder, Daily tous les jours design studio and winner of the Shenzhen Design Awards for Young Talents Grand Award in 2013

Eligible contestants must live in Montréal and be aged 35 or younger on December 31, 2022, except for architects, who must be aged 40 or younger on that date. Students who wish to enter must provide proof of enrolment in a design or architecture program. There are two submission categories, Professional and Student.

To enter, you must:

  • Obtain an access code by completing an e-mail application to the Ville de Montréal Bureau du design and attaching:
    1. Eligible proof of residence (for example: electricity invoice, telecommunications invoice)
    2. Eligible proof of identity including date of birth (for example: driver's licence, passport)
    3. A written statement that you are a designer or architect with a professional practice, and that you have been living in Montreal for at least 2 years (for professionals); OR proof of enrolment in a design or architecture program, and a written statement that you have been living in Montreal for at least 2 years (for students) as of January 1, 2023.
  • Enter online at by December 31, 2022.
  • Send, at your expense, a maquette, drawing or other relevant materials to Shenzhen by January 15, 2023.

Act fast! The deadline to register with the Bureau du design is December 19, 2022.

> Full competition details are available here.