Two Awards, One Event - Muse Creative Awards 2021

Muse Creative Awards 2021 Silver winner banner and statuette with Phantom and Majesty of an Owl artwork by Teresa Cowley

Muse Creative Awards 2021 Silver winner banner and statuette with Phantom and Majesty of an Owl artwork by Teresa Cowley

I’ve been away from art and design for a while but recently decided to enter a couple of designs in the 2021 Muse Creative Awards and I’m very happy to announce that they both won Silver! Their awards levels have changed over the years. Silver is for third place winners (Gold for second and platinum for first).


The Winning Designs

  • Phantom was inspired by The Phantom of the Opera. This is one of my digital collage pieces. It started with the man holding the mask which captured my imagination and I felt I had to do something with him. It may be digital collage but a lot of time and work goes into these. Each layer was carefully chosen to fit around the man and his mask to resemble that of a vintage movie or theatre poster. As I worked, I found I had to use a different texture treatment on all the layers to get everything to flow well together.
  • Majesty of an owl was something I made while testing an image effect I made myself in an mobile image editing app called aremaC (literally camera spelled backwards). The effect makes amazing liquid like swirls of colour and light. Actually I made several versions of the effect. The version I used for this piece seems to stay true (ish, haha) to the content I use it on. I loved how the colour flowed around the shape of the owl and immediately thought how cool it would be to combine the abstract swirling colour with more of a portrait style image of the owl. After some masking and tweaking, this is the result of what started out as a test.

These designs among others is available on my Society6 art shop.


These latest wins mean I now have six awards in total! Previously I’ve won Gold in 2018, Rose Gold in 2017 and two honourable mentions in 2016. All awards are mentioned in detail on my About Me page. This really is significant and meaningful for me. I should never have stepped away from something I love so much. Now I feel the drive to create returning. Thank you very much to the organizers of the Muse Creative Awards for the honour and for the encouragement to return to my art.

More from the organizers about the 2021 Muse Creative Awards

The 2021 MUSE Creative Awards and MUSE Design Awards have officially drawn to a close, after officially announcing the winners. With over 3942 entries entered from all over the world, the competition has shown itself to be one of the leading programs in honoring creative and design excellence. 

The MUSE Awards is a series of international competitions hosted by the International Awards Associate (IAA), catering to professionals from various industries in hopes of promoting excellence in their respective fields. “There is a saying that ‘there is nothing new under the sun’,” said Kenjo Ong, CEO of IAA. “It couldn’t be any further from the truth – there is always something fresh and exciting from the competitors every year.”

IAA ensures impartiality and strict assessment criteria by setting up a jury made up of industry professionals who exhibit high standards of excellence. In turn, the jury would select a new wave of excellent individuals or organizations, who would likely set new benchmarks in their fields.


Grand Jury Panel

Jurors numbered as many as 44, found worldwide from 23 countries. These individuals are known professionals belonging to leading companies from the creative and digital industries, such as Director of DNgroup Aps Frederick Rickmann, Head of User Experience of Huawei Sebastiano Boni, Owner and Founder of UArchitects Misak Terzibasiyan, Associate Creative Director of MullenLowe Renato Barreto, Associate Creative Director/Creative Catalyst of FCB Chicago Alice Crippa, Marketing Manager of Facebook Min Lu, Chief Innovation Officer, ONU/UN WOMEN Alejandro Calero, etc.

Every single entry is evaluated using standards found in their respective industries to ensure impartiality, blind judging is exercised, and jurors are only able to assess each entry purely on its own merits. 


Participation of International Brands

Garnering worldwide interest, the MUSE Creative and MUSE Design Awards saw names of known organizations from all over the world in its list of entries. Some were submitted directly by the companies themselves, such as PlusOne, Holition, 360i, Walmart, Fiverr, AARP, Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, Les Ateliers Louis Moinet SA, Influence Associates, GARDE CO., LTD., Bishop Design by Paul Bishop, Mercurio Design Lab S.r.l., Studio Roosegaarde, and Omdesign; whereas some were submitted by entrants who produced works for them, such as Subaru USA, Riot Games, Cineplex, BBC Studio Events, KFC, Burberry Beauty, Hyundai, Jo Malone London, Mondelez International, Inc. (OREO), Disney+ SG, CVS, IFFCO UAE, Thompson Dallas, Lynk & Co, Sime Darby Property Berhad, and Yamaha Motor Company.

“Our platform exists to promote and encourage excellence in different bodies of professionals in varying industries,” Ong said. “Given the recent pandemic, the team in IAA is continuously humbled by the sheer perseverance and willpower shown by people in overcoming the odds in their respective industries. As long as this platform exists, we will continue to sing praises of those who in adversity displayed their mettle, embodying excellence regardless of their environment.” 


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