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Timeline

15/01/2024
Application Period
31/03/2024
End of Application Period
01/06/24
Preliminary Judgment
 Selection of Shortlist
01/11/24
Opening of the Candidates Exhibition
30/11/24
Announcing the winners - The Award Ceramony

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Q&A

What does the award include?

Every year, two senior designers and two emerging designers will be chosen. Each of the four winners will be awarded a monetary prize of 65,000 NIS. The winners will be announced at a festive ceremony, and will be invited to various additional events.

What is the award given for?

The Edmund de Rothschild Design Award is granted to designers for their rich and unique body of work, recognizing their significant contribution to the contemporary culture narrative and their impact on advancing society and industry.

How many awards are given each year?

Four winners are selected each year:

● Senior Winner + Emerging Winner with a Research and Experimental Emphasis: Portfolios focusing on independent or commissioned projects that are experimental, research-based, and grounded in theoretical and practical research. These projects explore the development of materials and techniques, establish a unique visual language, and involve conceptual and speculative design.

● Senior Winner + Emerging Winner with a Commercial and Public Emphasis: Portfolios specializing in projects commissioned by private and public entities, sequential and industrial projects, as well as independent design brands presenting continuous and committed commercial entrepreneurship."

Who is eligible to submit a nomination?

The award will be granted to active designers operating in Israel, graduates of academic institutions (in design or other fields, excluding first-degree students). Candidates up to the age of 40 are eligible to apply for the Emerging Designers award, while candidates aged 41 and above are eligible to apply for the Senior Designers award.

How to submit a nomination?

Applications must be submitted independently through the website. To submit an application, fill out the form and upload the required files: portfolio, signed regulations, statement of intent, professional resume, and a photocopy of the ID card.

What should the submitted portfolio contain?

A portfolio for candidates applying for the award for senior designers should include 10-15 projects, while a portfolio for candidates for emerging designers award should present at least 7 projects, excluding academic work. There is no limitation on the duration or scope of the projects, but the portfolio should also include recent work (at least one project from the last three years). The length of the portfolio should not exceed 50 pages.

What do I need to submit besides a portfolio?

The portfolio should be accompanied by a professional resume document detailing education, employment in the field, participation in exhibitions, awards, teaching experience, additional projects, etc. This concise document will accompany the portfolio, so there is no need to provide project details that appear in the portfolio.

In what language can the portfolio be submitted?

Portfolios, resumes, and statements of intent must be submitted in English only – to suit international judging. The submission form on the website can be filled out in the language of your preference.

Who are the award judges?

The panel of judges changes annually, corresponding to the field for which the award is granted. Each judging panel consists of significant and leading figures in the local design field, including designers with established portfolios, curators, researchers, and industry leaders. Five local judges will be joined by a distinguished international figure and a representative from the Edmund de Rothschild Foundation.
In the first stage, the local judging panel will review all received submissions and select the final 22 candidates for the award (Shortlist). To maintain the integrity of the judging process, the identities of the judges will remain confidential until the completion of this stage.
n the second judging stage, the local panel will be joined by prominent international figures in the field of visual communication, along with the committee chair, Baroness Ariane de Rothschild. The announcement of the winners and the award ceremony will take place towards the end of 2024.

Who is on the shortlist?

The final 22 candidates for the award, known as the Shortlist, are leading candidates ranked by the judging panel in the first stage, advancing to the second and final round where the winners will be chosen. All the final candidates will be featured in a catalog, exhibition, and various publications related to the award.

How are the winners chosen?

The winners will be selected by a panel of professional judges that changes annually, and the selection process consists of two stages. The judging panel is composed of five key figures in the field of visual communication design in Israel, including senior designers, curators, and researchers. In the first stage, this local panel will select the final 22 candidates (Shortlist). In the second judging stage, two distinguished international figures in the field of visual communication will join the local panel, along with the committee chair, Baroness Ariane de Rothschild. The list of the final 22 candidates (Shortlist) will be published on the award's website, and their works will be presented in a group exhibition in the fall of 2024.
From the final candidates, the judging panel will choose four winners, each receiving an equal financial grant of 65,000 shekels. This year, the winners will be selected in two specialization emphases:

Senior Winner + Emerging Winner with a Commercial and Public Emphasis: Portfolios specializing in projects commissioned by private and public entities, sequential and industrial projects, as well as independent design brands presenting continuous and committed commercial entrepreneurship.
Senior Winner + Emerging Winner with a Research and Experimental Emphasis: This award will be granted to portfolios focusing on independent or commissioned projects that are experimental, research-based, and grounded in theoretical and practical research. These projects explore the development of materials and techniques, establish a unique visual language, and involve conceptual and speculative design