The results for the 2013 Young Package competition were announced on Friday, May 31 at the Prague cinema Bio Oko. Competitors worldwide submitted their works with the “ageing” theme and were awarded by financial and other awards. The exhibition lasts in GALERIE/CZD from 4 June until 19 July.

Model Obaly Company announced the results for the 18th annual Young Package Competition intended for young creators up to 30 years of age, worldwide. This year the popular competition has attracted a number of 418 participants from 18 countries. The jury met at the beginning of April and consisted of Jan Činčera, Jan Němeček, Päivi Tahkokallio and Peter Paliatka.

The theme for this year was ageing. The task for the competitors was to consider the current situation and problems of today´s seniors and to think of ways of helping to solve them. In addition to the theme, which changes every year, the other main determining factor wasthe focus on paper packaging.

The competition was, once again, assessed in two categories. A total of 216 participants applied as either university students or young designers under 30. The winner of the first prize was the student of the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, Matúš Mitas, whose Package for Milk  featured an innovative cap for easy handling. The winner was rewarded with the amount of EUR 1250 and other prizes from the competition partners. In this category there were also presented two second and two third places and a special price by CZECHDESIGN.

In the secondary schools category the task proved to be more challenging than ever before, therefore the jury decided not to award the first prize. The second place was given for the work entitled Case for animal remains from the creative duo Denissa Serafini and Tomáš Rachunek, both students of the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Uherské Hradište who, thanks to this success, have managed to retain their top spot in this category for the fourth time in a row. The jury appreciated the sensitivity with which the two designers, despite their young age, coped with the intense moment of death and parting, both of which are essential elements of ageing.

Prizes for the category winners were presented by: Vanda Myšáková, the representant of Model Obaly company, Jan Činčera, leading Czech packaging designer and long-time competition chairman, jury member Jan Němeček and three seniors who colaborated with CZECHDESIGN on this year’s visual identity of the competition Jitka Baráčková, Dagmar Dubcová and Kamil Hora.

The financial reward (1200 €, 400 € and 300 € for the winners of the category of university students and an additional 200 € and 120 € for the winners of category of secondary school students) was donated by Model Obaly Company, the competition promoter. The other prizes were donated by the competition partners. Art and design books by Kant publisher, vouchers for a photobank by Pixmac, subscription and gifts by Font publisher, books and free tickets by the Museum of Decorative Arts, books and free entrances to the National Technical Museum, vouchers for Design Menu by CZECHDESIGN and subscription for the magazine Packaging.

The exhibition for the best 36 works of the 18th annual Young Package competition may be seen in the GALERIE/CZD, Vojtěšská 3, Praha 1 from June 4 to July 19. The exhibition opening is being held on June 3 at 6.00 p.m. It will then move to the Faculty of Architecture at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, where it will be open from September 24 to October 4.

The authors of the exhibition are designers from the deFORM studio Jakub Pollág and Václav Mlynář. The graphic designer Radka Pitrmucová created the exhibition catalogue, which is available for sale at GALERIE/CZD. The paper trophy was created by Jan Činčera – each winner was provided with one. The catalogue and the photographs of the winning entries can be downloaded on the competition website. The 19th year of Young Package Competition will be announced in autumn 2013. All the information will be available on the competiton website: www.young-package.com