Rookie Awards 2021 | Rookie of the Year

Motion Graphics

Motion graphics are a way to communicate with the viewer, and add depth to a story. Together with music and effective copy, they can give us a message. We use them to create ads, title sequences for movies, videos and to share information.

Motion Graphics
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On behalf of the sponsors and judges, The Rookies would like to congratulate the following category winners.


José Manuel Peña Sanlley


Dominican Republic | Savannah College of Art and Design

I was first 14 when I discovered Cinema 4D and After Effects in a youtube tutorial on how to make "Intros" for youtube channels. I have no idea why, but it sparked a small fire within me that just wanted me to play around with the software as much as I could. I would make 1 "Intro" per day, all for fun and for the sake of getting better at something through practice and endeavor. Little did I know this "hobby" could turn into a career.

Runner up

Hannah Sun


United States | School of Visual Arts

It was during my first year in college when I, for the first time, learned that there's such a job called graphic designer. I was majoring in automation engineering back then, but I knew that had to change. In my sophomore year, I transferred to an art school in Chicago, and that was the beginning of my journey in the creative industry.

Highly Commended

Akshay Tiwari


United States | Savannah College of Art and Design

I pursue motion media design as it seems to offer the perfect blend of challenge and freedom for my journey of finding the golden mean between creativity and technicality to craft meaningful narratives. Serving a story and doing justice to the rigor of experimentation through masterful execution is what I passionately strive for. I am currently studying at SCAD, Savannah.

Highly Commended

Uladzimir Bahatyrevich


United States |

Understanding the value of motion design and animation for product, design, film, marketing, social media, and beyond!

Highly Commended

Hans Palacios


United States | Savannah College of Art and Design

Having recently completed my Master in Interactive Design & Game Development at SCAD, I am continuing my studies in computer graphics & programming as a CG Generalist. My expertise is in procedural modelling & pipeline optimization, but I have expanded beyond to apply procedural strategies into rigging, animation, FX, real-time applications & machine learning. I adapt quickly & truly enjoy learning new things every day. I look forward to an opportunity to work with a team as motivated as I am.

Highly Commended

Siew Kok Yee


Singapore | 3dsense Media School

It was mainly after secondary school where i was exposed to many kinds of media. From youtube and justinTV(twitch) blowing up to being influenced by my relatives to watch anime. It was then after I wanted to try going into the media industry and enrolled in a digital media course in Republic Poly.

People's Choice

Ainhoa Carles


Spain | Fx animation

I discovered the 3D world when I was studying at A levels.

Honorable Mentions

The following winners made a lasting impression on the judging panel and secured highly sought after badges.

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Category Brief

The judges are looking for the best young artists passionate about motion graphics. You will need to show experience with creating motion graphics or motion design for film, television, music videos, promotional videos and similar visual media. The judges are looking to find the best technical and creative artists that can show a solid understanding of everything from type, colour, animation, story telling and design.

Important Notes

  • A great tip is to make sure you include the original brief you challenged yourself with. The way you approach and solve the brief is just as important as the finished video.
  • Motion design is a fairly hazy term that overlaps with animation, graphic design and filmmaking. If you want to work as a motion designer, share your work in this category.
  • Ask questions on our Discord Channel if you need help.
  • Review Winning Entries from last year that were selected by our judges.
  • Watch this video demonstration that shows how to create a perfect entry.

Requirements & Deliveries

  • Read the Rules to make sure you are eligible to enter.
  • No team entries allowed for this category.
  • Share your process with the judging panel by including supporting material, not only finished artworks.

Judging Criteria

The judges are looking for artists that are ready for employment. They are looking for artists with a passion for this category and have worked hard to hone their skills.

The judges will be considering your overall presentation, technical skills, creative skills, variety of content, and employment potential. Treat your entry like a job interview and share your best work to impress the judges.

How to enter

  1. Click Submit Entry button to create an entry page.
  2. Upload your best images, videos and supporting media using our entry page builder.
  3. Select ‘Rookie of the Year > Motion Design’ as your nominated category.
  4. Add details including a cover image, title, description, tags, and software used.
  5. Accept rules and confirm eligibility.
  6. Confirm & Submit your entry to judging panel.
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