OPEN FOR REGISTRATIONS

Aspiring artists from around New Zealand sharpen your pencils and hone your animation skills: The Light and Dark Secondary School Character Competition is back for 2019. The registration period is now open from 20 May – 02 June.


Don’t miss out, register below now!

Light and Dark is New Zealand’s largest character design competition for Year 11, 12 and 13 students nationwide.


For the past six years, secondary school students from across New Zealand have been invited to create a character that displays two contrasting emotions (one ‘light’ and one ‘dark’). Entrants must use their artistic talents to create a character portraying two opposite emotions – excitement and fear, happiness and sadness, love and despair, or serenity and rage.


Judged by some of the country’s top creatives, contestants will be marked on expression, character pose, and wow factor.


Presented by Animation College and Yoobee School of Design, there will be big prizes up for grabs, including a major prize of a scholarship to our schools and big prizes from our stellar sponsors.


So if you’re passionate about character design and you’re in high school, REGISTER NOW to receive updates and information about the competition.

Looking for New Zealand's best young illustrator

A scholarship to the Bachelor of Animation in either Auckland or Wellington


$350 Gordon Harris prize pack


$500 Playtech Voucher


X1 Wacom Intuos Pro Medium (est value $579.00)

A subscription to a Yoobee School of Design online short course of your choice


$350 Gordon Harris prize pack


$300 Playtech Voucher


X1 Wacom Intuos Pro Medium (est value $579.00)

A subscription to a Yoobee School of Design online short course of your choice


$350 Gordon Harris prize pack


$100 Playtech Voucher


Wacom Bamboo Folio Large (est value $339.00)

Prizes for 2019

*Prizes are provided by our creative schools and our stellar sponsors.

What are you waiting for?

Register now to hear more about the competition that opens this month!

Join Light & Dark Facebook and Instagram to spark ideas and gain inspiration.

Hero Character for 2019?

Where is the

Last year’s winner, Tamilla Muedinova (@Tamaytka), is creating the Light & Dark hero character for 2019! As Tamilla develops her work, the silhouette will change! Keep up with announcements to see what she creates by following us on Facebook and Instagram.


This is a great way for entrants to understand the different stages of character development, including the feedback and critique process, when following a professional brief.