Welcome to the Talent Awards 2018

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2018 Winners

View the winners of the Talent Awards 2018 here

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“Freelancers don’t really get an opportunity to showcase their work these days… so I think [The Talent Awards] are a really good thing”

Katie Leeman, Head of Design at Frukt


This year there are 5 categories under which you can enter. Below are some examples for the type of work you could upload to showcase your skills in your chosen category.

For all categories please include any ROI and an indication of your involvement in the work submitted.


  • Blog / Article
  • Editorial piece
  • Creative Copy line


  • Original art
  • Campaign
  • Visuals


  • Campaign
  • Creative Project
  • Website


  • Showreel
  • Video
  • Animation


  • Case study
  • Campaign
  • Wireframes

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Judges & Prizes

Along with their trophy, the winner of each category will receive £100/€100 in Apple Vouchers. Plus our overall ‘European Talent of the Year’ winner will receive £100/€100 of holiday vouchers (see T&Cs for full details).

We have some amazing judges who will be choosing the lucky winners (Click on a country to see the judges)

Hannah Bourne
Content & Copywriting

Hannah is the Marketing Director at Penguin Random House Children's Books, working across the three consumer brands Ladybird, Puffin and Penguin. She has 12 years experience working as a marketer in the publishing industry.

Nicki Field

Nicki is Head of Illustration at Jelly London where she manages Jelly’s impressive roster of artists. Nicki is passionate about helping artists get a break into the industry and is a regular contributor to online visual arts journal ‘They Made This’.

Michael Dowell

Michael is a Creative Director at MSL. Through his 13 years practise as a designer and creative thinker Michael has a large portfolio and gained a vast experience within multiple disciplines.

Steven Aspinall
Motion Design

Steven is Head of Design at the Motor Sport Championship Formula E. He graduated from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art. His award winning career has seen him lead creative teams at the very highest level at organisations like The BBC, Discovery Networks and Lime Pictures.

Pedro Tolipan

Pedro Tolipan is a Design Director at McKinsey Digital Labs with over 18 years experience as an accomplished leader in design, innovation and customer experience, delivering strategies for organisations in many different sectors.

Sylvie Daumal

Sylvie is Co-Funder & VP Design at WeDigital.Garden. They assist theirs customers with their digital transformation and innovation projects in a user-centric, start-up approach, focused on delivery. Over the last few years, she has focused on human behavior. She is particularly interested in innovation and service design.

David Basso

David is the owner of Uzik, a french web agency which helps companies in their digital transformation : Strategy & UX / Content / Social / Events / Mobile.

Jean-Claude Mauguit

Jean-Claude is Art Director and Motion Designer at Basic Films, which is an award winning agency based in Paris.

Réza Bassiri

Reza is Chief Creative Officer at Carré Noir (Publicis Group) in Paris. He is also founder of The Orangeman, a website dedicated to Illustration and Photography.

Laurent Terreau
Content & Copywriting

Laurent is a senior copywriter at JCDecaux, the world leader in outdoor communication.

Birgit Geiberger Boersma

Birgit has 2 decades of international work experience and is currently Director User Experience at adidas. Her passion for user centred design and people does not only show in her daily work, but also in her dedication for the global design community supporting and advising organisations like the IxDA & Lovie Awards.

Rob Phillips
Content & Copywriting

Rob draws on 20 years experience in advertising and brand building. Having set out with Agencies in London such as DDB, Howell Henry, Ogilvy and BBDO, he uses the tools at his disposal & plots the course for marketing communication, finding unique strategies to get to the heart of how best to talk with consumers. He is also a senior writer with the International Writers collective in Amsterdam.

Benjamin van Onzen

Benjamin van Onzen is Senior All-Around Concept Artist at Paladin Studios in The Hague, Graphic Novel illustrator/author and time traveller. At Paladin Studios he is constantly reimagining the all time great videos games and coming up with the coolest concept for your future favorites

Melinda Szentpétery

15+ years experience working within international advertising and design agencies, resulting in diverse experiences and skills. Melinda has worked with various industry clients, spanning across a broad range of brands and sectors: FMCG, Corporate Branding, Product and Brand Innovation, Consumer Electronics and Personal Care.

Marvin Koppejan

Marvin Koppejan is the founder and creative director of Woodwork, an Amsterdam based design and motion studio. Trained in graphic design and motion, Marvin has specialised in motion direction. As the creative director he works together with a team of driven designers, illustrators and animators, combining out of the box creativity with honest craftsmanship, striving to create high-end relevant work that tells compelling stories.

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“It’s great to be recognised by industry peers for work – especially for work that’s so close to my heart.”

Gareth Broadbent, Winner 2016 Awards

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About Aquent & Vitamin T

A global recruitment agency

Aquent are a global recruitment agency for digital, creative and marketing jobs, working with some of the biggest brands in the world. Vitamin T is a division of Aquent, specialising in placing creatives in agencies and mid-sized companies.

Connecting the best digital creatives

For the last 30 years we’ve spent our time connecting the best digital creatives in the industry, so our talent network is unparalleled. We’re a global business that works closely together to share market insights and trends.

A showcase for creativity

We started running the Talent Awards as we felt freelancers often don’t get the recognistion they deserve and wanted an outlet for their creativity to be showcased.