Celebrating the UK’s emerging creative talent.
Zealous set up Emerge in response to the changing nature of the UK’s relationship with Europe. The aim of the competition is to safeguard the creative industries and promote new generations of diverse creative talent from all backgrounds across the UK.
Read our thoughts on why supporting emerging talent has never been so important.
Together, let's remind the world that the UK’s creative industries are best in class, worth supporting and open for business.
12 Emerge prize categories are open to all creative talent residing in the UK.
All of the categories will be shortlisted to 15, from which industry judges will select the top 3 finalists.
The individual winners of each prize category will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony in central London.
£12,000+ in cash prizes
A minimum of £1,000 for the winner of each category (more based on confirmed sponsorships).
Exposure to Industry Judges
Shortlisted candidates will have their work seen by 3 top industry judges.
Coverage in the Media
We’re hard at work confirming partners to celebrate the winners across media related to their craft.
29 Jan ’18
Announce the competition and open submissions to our creative network and beyond.
19 Mar ’18
Close submissions across all categories.
30 Mar ’18
Zealous and select partners to shortlist candidates and inform all entrants of results.
18 Apr ’18
Top 3 candidates of each category, as chosen by the judges, announced and invited to the Emerge Awards.
03 May ’18
Partners, judges, the media and sponsors invited to attend the Emerge Awards where the final 12 winners are announced.
Some of our Judges
Zealous was founded in 2011 to empower creatives by recommending opportunities based on their portfolios for free and make it easier for organisations to source creative talent for projects, exhibitions, competitions and more.
Guy Armitage, was Guardian’s Creative Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013, has discussed the world-changing potential of creativity at TEDx and in Forbes; speaks at conferences about the importance of diversity, has won the Tate Digital Art Hackathon in collaboration with Ai Wei-Wei and is a proud trustee of Firstsite in Colchester.