Congrats to our 2019 Student Competition 1st-Place Winner!


We're excited to wrap up our announcement of our 2019 Student Design Competition winners today with our 1st-place winner Gabriela Pesqueira! (Check out 3rd place here, and 2nd place here).

The top three winners will also be formally announced at the 54th Annual SPD Awards Gala in May. Along with an invitation to the Gala, as our top winner, Gabriela's prizes include $2,500, an internship at an NYC magazine, and inclusion in our Pub 54 SPD Annual. 

Congrats to Gabriela and all our winners! Thanks to everyone who entered and made our judges' decision a tough one...we loved looking at your work and commend you all on your great pieces.

First Place and Recipient of the Mitch Shostak Award*
Gabriela Pesqueira

School: University of North Texas
Level: Junior
Instructor: Karen Dorff
Category: How-To Magazine

*Who's Mitch Shostak?
Our top prize is given to honor Mitch Shostak, a dear and dedicated friend of SPD who passed away on June 25, 2014. The former SPD board member had worked at numerous publications before opening Shostak Studios in 1993 where he continued to produce volumes of work for a number of clients. Mitch was widely respected as one of the country's leading publication designers. Committed and passionate in his teaching at the School of Visual Arts and mentoring in his own design studio, Mitch inspired his peers as well as many new generations of designers and art directors. We dedicate our top Student Design Competition prize to him in remembrance of his life and work. 

Thanks so much to SVA for offering housing to our top 3 winners in NYC this summer!