APW recognizes the boundless creativity, care and honest effort each young artist put into designing and posing such wonderful, funny and original characters in the 2020 Contest. APW special guest judge Toronto layout artist Sarah Jargstorf spent a long time looking at each drawing.  After hours of looking carefully at each character design, Sarah has chosen these very deserving 2020 APW Character Design Contest winners!  Congratulations to everyone who entered and to the winners!

1st Prize – Wufei Luo

Wufei is a student at Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa, ON.  She wins free tuition for the 2020 session of APW Online.  Congratulations to Wufei for her forest sprite with a leaf cape!

2nd Prize – Stella Tchen

From Toronto ON, a student Northview Heights Secondary School, Stella wins Toon Boom Harmony – an opportunity to animate her lively cyborg gunslinger character.


3rd Prize – Andrew Reath

From Immanuel Christian Secondary School in Lethbridge, AB, Andrew wins Toon Boom Storyboard Pro – opportunities to create animation film sequences from his imagination using his own muscular Rex Radstone character.

4th Prize – Labeeba Sharara

From Bloor Collegiate Institute in Toronto, ON, Labeeba wins $300 worth of art supplies for her mysterious footless ballerina character.  These are supplies should keep her drawing and character designing for a long time.

5th Prize – Mahum Farooqui

From Stephen Lewis Secondary School in Mississauga, ON. Mahum’s fashionably vested stuffy owl character wins a Wacom Graphics Tablet that will open a door for Mahum straight into digital character designing.



These guys are just getting started too…We’re looking at the future of animation, folks.


Many thanks to Toon Boom for generously providing young emerging character designers with Toon Boom Harmony to bring their drawings to life and with Storyboard Pro – software to develop their stories with total artistic control.

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