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HUAWEI Themes launches the 2021 edition of ‘Next Design Awards’ in MEA

gulftech , Dubai, UAE: HUAWEI Themes, a leading pre-installed, customisable design application on Huawei devices, has announced the 2021 version of ‘Next Design Awards’, to discover and celebrate the highest quality design work in the Middle East and Africa region. Through this contest, Huawei aims to push the boundaries of design in the world by offering creators the opportunity to produce digital aesthetics under the 2021 theme ‘Let your inspiration flow’.

The 2021 edition of Next Design Awards welcomes designers to submit work across seven categories including Phone Themes, Watch Faces, Cities in Bloom, Foldable Screen Themes, Enjoy the Moment, Original IP, and Wallpapers. The judging panel includes leading designers and global artists such as Song Xiewei, Klaus Hesse, and Takashi Akiyama.

Winners of the Next Design Awards 2021 will be eligible for a total pool of US$200,000 across the categories of Grand Prize, Stars of Tomorrow, International Artists, and Amazing Animators. The winner of the Grand Prize will be awarded US$20,000, which includes US$10,000 in cash and US$10,000 in grants, as well as a HUAWEI Mate 40 smartphone, and the latest HUAWEI Watch 3. Winners will additionally be designated as HUAWEI Themes-certified designers, and thus eligible to earn revenue from HUAWEI Themes.

Adam Xiao, Managing Director of Huawei Mobile Services in the Middle East and Africa, Huawei Consumer Business Group, said, “We are thrilled to kick start the 2021 edition of the Next Design Awards by HUAWEI Themes. Last year’s edition saw over 500 competitors from the MEA region alone, which shows the calibre of design-centric and creative minds. We invite our 2021 participants to ‘Let your inspiration flow’ and bring forward their best work for the world to appreciate and enjoy.”

In the contest’s 2020 edition, the Next Design Awards attracted over 41,000 entries from 90 countries, and over 100 designers were certified by HUAWEI Themes. The prestige earned from winning the competition resulted in substantial commercial success for a number of themes designers in the region.

HUAWEI Themes is available in over 170 countries and regions, it features a global user base of 600 million users, and 120 million monthly active users. HUAWEI Themes has helped build a vibrant community of over 10,000 creators.

Participants will be able to sign up for the Next Design Awards through their HUAWEI ID, with both pictures and videos.  Pictures submissions must be higher than or equal to 3,000 pixels, and under 20MB in size, while videos submissions must be in MP4 or GIF format, editable, and under 20MB in size. Participants can submit up to 30 entries each.

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