Silver screen nominees includes Sam Hobbs (production design) and Tess Schofield (costume design) for The Drover’s Wife, Matthew Hatton (concept art) and Animal Logic (animation design) for Peter Rabbit 2, Cappi Ireland (costume design) and Method Studios (visual effects) for Mortal Kombat and Michelle McGahey, Richard Hobbs, Jacinta Leong, Mark Dawson and Jan Edwards (art direction) for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Live performance and events delivered strong nominations including Ben Hughes (lighting design) and Craig Wilkinson (video design) for Boy Swallows Universe and Jennifer Irwin picking up two nominations in costume design for Sandsong and Wudjung: Not the Past.  

The new live performance multi-discipline design category’s nominations include Charlotte Lane for HOUSE, Michael Hankin for The Boomkak Panto, Isabella Andronos for Zombie Thoughts and Isla Shaw for Guess How Much I Love You?

Small screen nominees include Carrie Kennedy and Ben Morieson (production design) and Rob Molan (set decoration) for La Brea (Season 1), Jacqui Schofield (graphic design) and Jason Baird (prosthetic design) for Pieces of Her, Fiona Donovan (production design) and Nina Edwards (costume design) for Frayed (Season 2) and Cappi Ireland (costume design) and Stephanie Leigh (graphic design) for New Gold Mountain.

Asked what makes work an award winner, previous winner and current short form nominee for Finding Jedda, Courtney Westbrook said, “An award winning design should encompass stories and history from the characters and worlds in which they live, whilst remaining subtle in your approach.”

There is an extensive 22 categories for this year’s awards, including live performance, film, television, event, animation and visual effects.

The Emerging Designer categories are consistently popular, as they give emerging designers an opportunity to share their work with the broader design community.

Morgan Moroney said winning the 10th Anniversary APDG emerging design for a live performance award for his work on Ghosts had been a wonderful experience. “I feel very honoured to be awarded something judged by Australia’s amazing production design community and very proud to be a lighting and video designer awarded for this category,” he said.

This year’s emerging design nominees for stage include Hayden Relf for Perfect Stranger, Casey Harper-Wood for Promiscuous/Cities, Phoenix May for REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOT AGAIN. and Aislinn King for Two Twenty Somethings Decide Never To Be Stressed About Anything Ever Again. Ever. Emerging nominees for screen are Imogen Walsh for Concrete Jungle Fever, Juliette Whitney for Green Hearts Sun and Jessica Hole for House on Fire and Obsessed.

Newly elected APDG President Michael Scott-Mitchell said peer acknowledgement and support were profoundly important to members of the guild and a vital component in building a sense of community. “It’s time to get out your glad rags out or at the very least, give them a good dust-off in preparation for APDG’s night of nights, which is fast approaching. We are all looking forward to seeing the exceptional work of our talented members.”

To see a full list of nominees, please visit. Winners will be announced at the Hoyts Entertainment Quarter, Sydney on Sunday, August 14. Tickets to the event can be purchased at  To find out more visit