A special presentation occurred at the recent ShowBoats Design Awards Gala. Notably, the winner of the annual Young Designer of the Year Award was announced. The international audience of yacht owners and luxury yacht charter designers observed. Not only is this an incredible award, but the designers also look forward to working with a new phenom.
Michael Givens is the 2011 winner. He won €5,000 in prize money. Michael bests a competition of 30 entries from 20 countries.
Additionally, the winner and the top five finalists receive a host of unique opportunities aimed at advancing their design careers. For instance, complimentary access to the two-day Superyacht Design Symposium. Also included is an all-expenses-paid trip. In specific, to see the design and construction of Lürssen yacht charter vessels at the builders’ shipyards in Bremen and Rendsburg, Germany.
Michael Givens – Young Designer of the Year
ShowBoats Media is a worldwide initiative. Specifically, to uncover the yachting industry’s up-and-coming creative talents.
Important to realize, contestants submitted design portfolios. Judges are an elite panel of yacht designers. For example, Andrew Winch and Dickie Bannenberg. In addition, Rob Humphreys.
“Being called on stage to accept the Young Designer of the Year Award was the most exciting moment of my life,” beamed Givens. “It is truly astonishing to be starting out in this industry and have had the opportunity to attend such a prestigious event. The award, along with the entire experience, will be cherished.”
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