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.

The Competition


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.







Digital Art








£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

Submissions Open

Announce the competition and open submissions to our creative network and beyond.

19 Mar ’18

Submissions Close

Close submissions across all categories.

30 Mar ’18

Shortlists Announced

Zealous and select partners to shortlist candidates and inform all entrants of results.

18 Apr ’18

Finalists Announced

Top 3 candidates of each category, as chosen by the judges, announced and invited to the Emerge Awards.

03 May ’18

Awards Ceremony

Partners, judges, the media and sponsors invited to attend the Emerge Awards where the final 12 winners are announced.

Some of our Judges

Amanda Nevill CBE


Craig Hassall AM

Chief Executive
Royal Albert Hall

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE

Double Bassist; Artistic & Executive Director
Chineke! Foundation

James Lingwood


Brett Rogers OBE

Will Alsop OBE

Stirling Prize winning Architect
aLL Design


Please select the category you wish to submit to below

Awards Ceremony







Media Partners



Venue Partners



We’re only able to celebrate the true diversity of the UK’s creative industries with the help of others. Our thanks go to the amazing organisations below for supporting Emerge.

Network Partner

Comms' Partner

Creative Partners

For offering to share our competition with emerging talent across their networks. Want to help us get the word out?

About Zealous

Our Network

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.

Our Events

We’ve successfully run two large-scale interdisciplinary festivals (Zealous X). The latest showcased 115+ artists across 7 disciplines at Rich Mix, London, bringing 10,000 people to the space. Zealous also runs bimonthly meetups for the creative community.

Our Founder

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.

“We are incredibly grateful to Zealous for making our searching & selection process so simple. We look forward to working with Zealous again.”

Shakespeare’s Globe

“Zealous adapted their business model to my needs and got the campaign up and running very quickly.  A very professional business to work with.”

Richard Seager Arts Award

“I think the platform is great and I would definitely be keen to use it again in the future. I found it very straightforward to use and was surprised by the number of entries we had in such a short space of time.”

British Science Association