The awards honour the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists from the world's top higher-education institutions. Since the ADAAs began in 2001, close to 20 000 students across 52 countries have participated in this competition.
"The Adobe Design Achievement Award competition attracts the best student designers in the world. We feel fortunate to be able to shine a light on these future creative leaders," said Ann Lewnes, senior vice president of corporate marketing, Adobe.
For the second consecutive year, Adobe has collaborated with Icograda, International Council of Graphic Design Associations, to attract student submissions from the Icograda Education Network, and select an international panel of design experts to judge the awards.
Winners were recognised in 12 categories across interactive media, film and motion and traditional media:
The winning entries can be viewed at ADAA Gallery (www.adaagallery.com), along with the 2010 finalists and those who have placed and won over the previous nine years.
Judges include: Meg Barbour (United States), principal/"first chair" at The Barbour Shop, a renowned post-production shop for TV, film, Web and mobile; Steve Cornwell (Australia), CEO of brand identity company, Cornwell Design; Diego Marini (France), Accelerated Solution Environment network graphic designer and art director; Bruno Porto (Brazil), graphic designer, educator and consultant; Kevin Slavin (United States), managing director and co-founder of Area/Code, creators of cross-media games and entertainment; Erik Spiekermann (Germany), creative director of Edenspiekermann and former ambassador for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation; and Lawrence Zeegen, head of school of communication design, Kingston University (United Kingdom).