The Salazar Awards, presented by GDC/BC and founding sponsor Metropolitan Fine Printers, awards prizes to talented and inspiring students currently enrolled in design programs in BC.


- Brand Identity
- Interactive
- Print Design
- Video and Motion



Brand Identity

Taeyeon Kim, Capilano University





Mihaela Kandeva, Vancouver Film School



Print Design

Rachel-Eden Hwang, University of the Fraser Valley



Video and Motion

Lawrence Teng, Vancouver Film School




Brand Identity

Ana Reyes, The Art Institute of Vancouver

Melissa Choi, Vancouver Film School



Nikki Yujin Ji, Vancouver Film School

Ziwei Wang, Vancouver Film School


Print Design

Brynn Staples, Capilano University

xxx Elisi, The Art Institute of Vancouver

Rae Maher, Capilano University

Veronika Lunakova, BCIT/Emily Carr


Video and Motion

Brandon Kim, Vancouver Film School



Brand Identity

Ashbel Ong, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Ashbel Ong, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Patricia Estrellado, Vancouver Community College

Derek Durand, Emily Carr University of Art & Design



Cynthia Vo, Capilano University

Jaclyn Phillips, Emily Carr University of Art & Design


Print Design

Ashley Visvanathan, Capilano University

Jesse Ellingson, Capilano University

Lydia Rypstra, University of the Fraser Valley

Rae Maher, Capilano University

Tomer Vitebsky, The Art Institute of Vancouver


Video and Motion

Dylan Endicott, Vancouver Film School

Kelly Kurtz, Vancouver Film School



A cash prize of $500 along with a GDC/BC Salazar Certificate will be awarded to one student from each category. Winners and Honorable Mentions will be recognized at the Salazar Awards Evening. They will also be featured in the Salazar Awards Show and will appear in GDC publications and the GDC newsletter which is distributed to design firms and advertising agencies nationally.



A judging committee comprised of top professionals of GDC/BC will be reviewing and selecting the winners and honorable mentions. Judging will be based on the strategy and rationales of the pieces as well as the level of visual execution.



The GDC/BC Salazar Student Awards, established in 1985 by the British Columbia Mainland Chapter of The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, were created in honor of Enrique Salazar. Mr. Salazar was one of the founding members of the society and the national representative for the BC chapter for two years. He was a partner in Salazar Graphics, and taught graphic design at Capilano College until his death in June of 1985.


MET Fine Printers is the founding sponsor of this event.



Please join the BC design community as we celebrate the achievements of the 2017 Salazar Awards winners on May 3rd, 2017.



Ale Paul

Ale Paul is one of the founders of the Sudtipos project, a key reference for the quality of its work who has contributed enormously in placing Argentina firmly on the map of Graphic Design.
Ale’s career as an art director landed him in some of Argentina’s most prestigious studios, and handling such high-profile corporate brands.
With the founding of Sudtipos Ale shifted his efforts to typeface design, creating fonts and lettering for several agencies, medias and magazines along with commercial faces.
In 2012 his font Piel Script was selected at Letter2. He has received four certificates of excellence from the Type Directors Club NY and eight from the CommArts type competition and several awards at the Tipos Latinos biennial of typography.
He teaches a postgraduate typography program at the University of Buenos Aires, where he previously taught graphic design. He has also taught seminars and spoken at many conferences like the AGI Open Seoul, Type Master Weeks NY, TypoBerlin, TypeCon, Pecha Kucha and Atypi conferences, at the Type Directors Club in New York City, and at events and universities all around the world.
His work has been featured in publications around the globe, including Eye, Etapes, Communication Arts. Print, Creative Review, Visual, Creative Arts, Novum and many others.
He has been designated ATypi’s country delegate and is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and the first one for Argentina.


Event Details


May 3rd, 2017 (Wednesday)


6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Vancouver Film School

420 Homer Street, Vancouver

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