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Rookie Awards 2022 | Rookie of the Year

2D Animation

Entries should showcase content created in two-dimensional format and has been enlivened with movement. This type of animation is regarded to be the traditional form of animation. Projects can be of any topic. Characters, creatures, props and even environment work will be considered.

2D Animation
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Brooke Burnett


United States | School of Visual Arts

My love for art and animation has existed for as long as I've been able to hold a pencil. I knew from the very beginning that I wanted to entertain others in the same way that I've been inspired to create my own pieces.

Runner Up

Amber Iles


United Kingdom | Norwich University of the Arts

I have always had a passion for drawing and art in general. It wasn’t until 6th form, I decided to dedicate myself to developing my skills in digital art and story illustration which lead me to a course on Animation where I further developed my skills and decided on my career aspirations.

Highly Commended

Catherine Krahn


United States | School of Visual Arts

I have been interested in cartoons since I was young, but really discovered my love for animating when I was in high school. My favorite shows have always been the ones that have comedic and compelling storytelling. Two of my favorites being King of the Hill and Gravity Falls! My favorite role on projects are creating characters and worlds that have lots of personality. I love problem solving and creating engaging stories that can fulfill action centric, serious, or comedic roles.

Highly Commended


United States | Cleveland Institute of Art

When I was a young lad, playing video games, watched my family's old VHS tapes, and consuming as much media as possible. It was the end of high school, I realized I wanted to be a part of media and be creative.

Highly Commended


China | California Institute of the Arts

I believe animation has least limitation as a media to express our thoughts and feelings.

Highly Commended

Aiden Burkley


United States | The Cleveland Institute of Art

From performing silly puppet shows as a kid to ogling at animated movies as a teen. Creating my own stories and making my own art just seemed like what I was meant to do! Doing art is something that makes me both happy and motivated, and It's something I find a lot of love in pursuing.

Highly Commended

Liweijie Jiang


United States | Savannah College of Art and Design

I am a person who loves animation. From the time I started loving animation to now, I decided I would definitely be looking for a job in animation. So after studying traditional oil painting and getting a postgraduate diploma in oil painting, I chose to continue to study animation, and I believe that my previous studies will definitely help me in new fields because art is all connected.

Highly Commended

Saiya Lin


United States | Savannah College of Art and Design

For me it all started when I delved into the world of entertainment as a young child. I fell in love with great storytelling and the wonderous world of animation. I can pin-point it back to a show in particular called Avatar The Last Airbender. I thought to myself back then, how great it would be to be apart of the process of creating something that I enjoyed so much. As I have gotten older, that passion only grew stronger as I learned more about the production side of things.

People's Choice

Lucie Castagnet


France | ECV

Lorsque j'ai vu le film ''Spirit l'étalon des plaines'' quand j'étais enfant, je ne pensais pas que le domaine de l'animation me serait un jour accessible. Ce film est aujourd'hui encore mon préféré, il m'inspire à avancer dans le cinéma. Quand j'ai trouvé mon école j'ai tout de suite su que je ferais de l'animation dans ma vie.

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 focus for this category is traditional 2D animation skills. The judges are looking for the best aspiring 2D animator that can demonstrate amazing technical and creative skills. There is no brief or limitations on the type of work you can submit. Get creative and share your best 2D Animation clips and prove you are ready to be hired by world class studios.

Important Notes

  • Make sure your work is primarily composed of 2D elements. You may include 3D animation, however it must not be the major focus.
  • 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.
  • No professional work may be included in your entry.
  • Share your process with the judging panel by including supporting material, not only finished artworks.
  • Share examples of your work that showcase your related skills to this category.

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 > 2D Animation’ 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.