The One Club for Creativity — in partnership with first-generation Filipinx designer and Young Guns 8 winner Rich Tu — is excited to launch the fourth season of COLORFUL, the worldwide portfolio competition aimed at putting BIPOC creative professionals in the spotlight en route to even further acclaim in the globally renowned Young Guns 22 this November. 


COLORFUL is free to enter for BIPOC creatives who meet the qualifications of entering Young Guns — 30 years of age and under with at least two years of professional experience under their belts — but haven't yet won Young Guns.

But COLORFUL doesn’t just prepare creative professionals for a chance at Young Guns glory; top winners also receive cash grants to put towards their own personal passion projects. Use it for post-production on a short film, to upgrade your hardware, or even to help cover rent while you pursue your creative dreams. It’s all up to you!


Young Guns has long been a goal for countless young creatives worldwide to aspire to. With COLORFUL, we hope to encourage more Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous talent to compete on that stage. In the three previous years of COLORFUL, seven winners and finalists have gone on to also win Young Guns — six of whom doing so in the very same year!

Young Guns 22 will open for entries on May 15, 2024.


The final day to submit to COLORFUL is June 27, 2024.


COLORFUL not only serves as a gateway to the renowned Young Guns competition, but it also provides prize grants for its top finishers.

  • 1st Prize: $3,000.00 USD
  • 2nd Prize: $2,000.00 USD
  • 3rd Prize (2x): $1,000.00 USD

All COLORFUL winners and finalists also receive free entry into the Young Guns 22 competition. In addition, the first ten COLORFUL entrants will also receive free entry into Young Guns 22.

Rich Tu of Sunday Afternoon and Friends


In addition, we are thrilled to announce the return of the “Sunday Afternoon Special!” Sunday Afternoon, the female and minority-owned creative studio and artist representation agency, will offer one standout COLORFUL applicant 12 months of mentorship from its leadership team, which includes past Young Guns winners Rich Tu and Juan Carlos Pagan, Executive Producer Audrie Poole, and photographer extraordinaire Ahmed Klink.


Ahead of this year’s COLORFUL competition, we sat down with a panel of previous winners and finalists to learn about the wonderful directions of their careers, creative insights and inspirations, and the importance of representation in the creative industry.

Check out photos of COLORFUL 2024 Panel below!


Because the competition is completely free to enter, COLORFUL relies on the generous support of people and companies who believe in the importance of highlighting outstanding professional talent from communities that are underrepresented in creative fields. We are grateful for the long-running support of co-founder Rich Tu and Sunday Afternoon.

Interested in contributing? We welcome tax-deductible donations of any size.

Ritesh Gupta


This year, COLORFUL was honored to have Brooklyn-based designer, facilitator, and educator Ritesh Gupta contribute to its branding and identity. Ritesh is a freelance designer and Founder of Useful School. E-mail Ritesh for potential collaborations/projects, and connect with Ritesh on LinkedIn.

Past Winners & Finalists