The competition was judged by a panel of experts drawn from the worlds of design, fashion, photography, education and business. Led by Janine Stone, the panel included the renowned photographer and portraitist, Terry O’Neill; the British fashion designer to A-list Hollywood, Alessandra Rich; the Prima Ballerina and Royal Opera House star, Leanne Benjamin; online publishing entrepreneur, Raoul Tawadey; and Graeme Brooker, Director of academic group, Interior Educators and Lecturer at Middlesex University and the President of The Society of British Interior Design (SBID). The two runners up receive a cash prize and a trophy.
Janine Stone commented: “I was thrilled to see a huge increase in submissions this year, the field was of a very high standard and finding just 12 finalists from such a large number of submissions was a significant challenge for the judges. I would like to extend my gratitude to all Course Directors and Tutors across the UK who supported YIDA 2013”.