Emerging Talent

New talent is the future and lifeblood of our industries. Creativity in Tasmania will thrive when we encourage and nurture this talent. 

The DIEMEN Awards recognises and stokes this talent with the Emerging Talent awards, which we’ve expanded for our 7th Annual awards:

  • Design Student of the Year
  • Digital Student of the Year
  • Print Apprentice of the Year (new)
  • Young Executive of the Year (new)
  • Inclusive Work Award (new)

Student of the Year Awards

As well as winning the prestigious Student of the Year trophies, students will take part in the DIEMEN Work Placement Program. The two-week placement is at a design, digital or print company that aligns with the student’s studies. It’s designed to give the winning students the opportunity to immerse themselves inside some of Tasmania’s leading creative companies and explore the reality and excitement of a commercially creative environment. 

Previous winners: Digital and Design

Entry is via a nomination process, where teachers select up to five students from design, digital and other creative industry courses. Nominations are now closed.

Nominees must submit a folio of their best pieces of work to [email protected]. Folios cannot include more than 8 pieces of work and clearly state which award is being entered. A formal interview with the Student of the Year Coordinators takes place in late November. Interviews cover off topics such as the student’s folio, achievements to date, where they see themselves in the industry now and in the future and other relevant matters. 

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The top three nominees in each category will be invited to the DIEMEN Awards night where the winners will be announced and DIEMEN trophies presented.


Print Apprentice of the Year

After a brief hiatus, the Print Apprentice of the Year award is back. We’re looking for print legends in the making. Entry is open to all Tasmania-based printing apprentices who were in their third or fourth year of training during 2020. Entrants will be judged on their employer’s report, portfolio of work and an interview with the judging panel. 


Young Executive of the Year

We’ve added this award to recognise the suits that keep our companies not just humming but thriving. The business at the front supporting the party at the back. 

Whether employed as a coordinator, manager or executive, it will be awarded to a young and hungry account servicing member of the team who shows exemplary talent at client liaison, financial management, adventurous thinking or outstanding signs of being an excellent future industry leader. We’re looking for someone who makes contributions beyond their functional, technical or specialist area and will demonstrate an outstanding commitment to their personal and professional development which shows their maturity and self-awareness. 

Entry is open to any Tasmanian currently employed in the creative industries under the age of 35. Entrants will be judged on their employer’s report, their CV and an interview with the Judging Panel.  Entry is by nomination, so if there is someone on your team that fits the bill, hop to it.


Inclusive work Award

We’re looking for ambitious people from the disability sector who have demonstrated skill and desire to work in the creativity industry. Suitable individuals will be offered a two-week work placement, or a placement that suits their abilities, at a company that aligns with their talent and interests.

Entrants folios, are to be submitted by teachers, lecturers or recognised industry organisations in the sector. The Award is not limited to students, although a relevant tertiary qualification is required to be eligible.