Every individual has a story. Some are shaped by rich cultural history, while others draw more on personal experiences and environments. These stories form powerful narratives – diverse in topic, but similarly grounded in creative expression.
We recently announced this year’s Adobe Youth Voices Award winners. Today, we want to introduce the phenomenal students who won for the Narrative category, and the stories behind their pieces:
1st Place: Amazing – Cecilia Martinez
Cecilia is a 13-year old student from Nett Lake Village, Minnesota. She has dedicated her work to the Anishinaabe people since age 7, highlighting issues that impact young people in her community and culture. Drawing on the history of educational bias, Amazing is a call to these Native American youth that reminds them they can do anything.
2nd Place: Outside the Box – Nikolay Bakushkin
Nikolay is an 18-year old student at Polytechnic University in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He loves to produce videos, pursuing design, music and photography in his free time.
His piece touches upon the freedom of individual expression. He says everyone has the ability to excel in certain areas or interests, but many individuals lack the confidence, opportunity or inspiration. To combat this, Nikolay believes in simply starting with what has been given to you from above – and to freely live by your own rhythm.
Audience Award: My Cambodia – Kevin Ng and Chung Ziewei
Singaporean creatives Kevin and Chung found inspiration for this piece through a 14-day youth expedition project. Ngee Ann Polytechnic University partnered with the National Youth Council of Singapore to send 21 students from the School of Film & Media Studies on a service-learning trip to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia.
There, Kevin says, the film morphed from a record of what they saw to a collection of perception and emotions. It ultimately aims to share pieces of the locals’ struggles, along with their joy.
Soo Song is a summer undergraduate intern, Adobe Youth Voices and Corporate Responsibility.