Certiport Names Adobe Certified Associate World Champion from Taiwan:  33 student designers from 17 countries compete for top prize in visual communication using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

Certiport (http://www.certiport.com), a Pearson VUE business, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, today announces the 2015 Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) World Champions, culminating the annual competition designed to showcase digital communications skills and promote industry certification. Li-Hsin Hsu from Taiwan won the top prize out of 33 finalists from 17 countries.

The 2015 ACA World Champions are:

First place, Li-Hsin Hsu, Taiwan

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Second place, Tiffany Onderstall, South Africa (photo above)

Third place, Maria Valarezo, Ecuador

Fourth place and People’s Choice Award, Yen-Ting Su, Taiwan

Fifth place, Weng Lam Tam, Macau

Sixth place, Danupong Longsakunnee, Thailand

Seventh place, Calvin Hui, New Zealand

Eighth place, José Bernardo Purón Rodríguez, Mexico

Ninth place, Wai Lam Cheong, Macau

Tenth place, Pei-Wei Guo, Taiwan

Certiport and Adobe sponsored the ACA World Championship and Room to Read served as the client for student entries in Dallas, Texas, from August 9-12, 2015. The third annual ACA World Championship attracted more than 88,000 entries in total. Students were judged on their creative and technical skills, as well as their ability to take and follow instructions and communication from the client, and implement Room to Read’s vision and message.

“We see increasing demand for digital skills worldwide, and the ACA World Championship promotes those skills and gives students an outlet to inspire creativity,” said Bob Whelan, president and chief executive officer for Pearson VUE. “The number of entries increased in the competition’s third year as students realized the benefits of earning Adobe Certified Associate certification to validate in-demand digital design skills. Li-Hsin should be proud to be named best in the world and we know the accomplishment will bolster her resume even further.”

Room to Read is a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world. During the Championship Round, contestants were assigned a banner design challenge from Room to Read, to which they responded using Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC and Adobe InDesign CC software. View all final banner entries at https://www.flickr.com/photos/certiport/albums/72157656778130260.

“We were very impressed with the final Room to Read banner entries – they demonstrated talent, creativity, and professionalism at a high level,” said Steve Cox, associate director of marketing for Room to Read. “We enjoyed participating in the judging process and hope to utilize the winning entries as we promote our mission to help all children pursue a quality education.”

An impressive panel of judges from the design industry reviewed contestant designs. The first, second and third place winners were selected based on design score, and were awarded scholarship money ($5,000, $2,000 and $1,000, respectively), Adobe software, and computer hardware prizes. Honorable mention scholarships of $250 were given to fourth through tenth place with an additional $250 for the People’s Choice Award as voted on by event attendees.

“We love participating in the ACA Championship because it is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate rising creative talent. Young people from around the world are earning ACA certification and demonstrating the creative and technical skills needed for career success,” said Tacy Trowbridge, education programs lead, Adobe. “We congratulate Li-Hsin and the other finalists and look forward to their future success. Adobe is also thrilled to collaborate with Room to Read to provide a real-world context for this competition while supporting a great cause.”