The 2013 Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) World Champions in Adobe Photoshop have been announced, with Na Yeon Kim from South Korea the winner.
Yeon Kim won the top prize out of over 21 finalists from 14 countries, all entering this global competition to showcase their digital communications skills and promote industry certification.
Nandy Vanessa Parra León, Columbia, and Jheng-Ji Tang, Taiwan came in second and third respectfully.
Certiport and Adobe sponsored the 2013 Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) World Championship (www.acachampionship.com) and the Global Fund for Children served as the client for student entries in Washington, DC from July 31-August 3, 2013. The first annual ACA World Championship attracted 59,000 entries in total.
“As we planned this first annual competition we knew it would be popular, but the number of entries we received from all over the world exceeded our expectations,” said Jim Holm, executive vice president, Certiport. “The ACA World Champions have already earned a valuable industry-recognized certification to validate their Adobe Photoshop knowledge, and now they can further bolster their resume with proof of their superior digital communications skills over competitors worldwide.”
During the Championship Round, contestants were assigned a poster design challenge from the Global Fund for Children to which they responded using Adobe Photoshop software. Students were judged on their creative and technical Photoshop skills, as well as their ability to take and follow instructions and communication from the client, and implement their client’s vision and message.
“We were very impressed by the quality of the final student entries – it was clear these individuals have mastered Photoshop and can clearly communicate the Global Fund for Children message,” said Jocelyn Harmon, vice president of development, Global Fund for Children. “We are grateful to participate and plan to use some of the winning entries in our marketing campaigns going forward to strengthen vulnerable children around the world.”
An impressive panel of judges from the industry reviewed contestant designs. The first, second and third place winners were selected based on design score, and were awarded scholarship money, Adobe software, and some great computer hardware prizes.
“The ACA World Championship is a terrific opportunity for students around the world to showcase their mastery of in-demand workforce skills,” said Tacy Trowbridge, worldwide education programs lead, Adobe. “We congratulate Na Yeon Kim and the other finalists and look forward to seeing their work in the future. Adobe is also thrilled to partner with the Global Fund for Children to provide a real-world context for this competition while supporting a great cause.”
Next year, Certiport will host the 2014 ACA World Championship in Anaheim, CA, U.S. Preview and download quality photos of this year’s winners, along with images of the student awards ceremony at: www.flickr.com/photos/certiport.