Winner list 2016


Competition theme: ‘Train Design, a Future Vision of Green Rail Transportation’

Brief: Design a train which can be manufactured in the next 10 years. The new design should aim to ease traffic conjunction and encourage people to travel in a more environmental friendly way. The design concept should be futuristic, original and practical. It can be based on the existing train system or a completely new form of transportation. Entries can be Maglev, high speed, Inter-city or metro trains, trams or something completely new and innovative.

Competition timeline

September 18th

Deadline for submissions/Works review

September 26th

Shortlist announced

November 22th

Winners announced. Award ceremony

Entry Guidelines

Call for entries

Terms and Conditions

  • Entrants are required to submit the following information...
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2018 winners list


1 x Gold Prize winner


  • Trophy and Award certificate

2 x Silver Prize winners


  • Trophy and Award certificate

5 x Bronze Prize winners


  • Trophy and Award certificate
Each of the above 8 winners will be invited to present their submission at the ‘The 2rd Train Design Award Ceremony’ in China in November 2018. [Travel and accommodation will be paid for by CRRC.]
In addition to these winners there will also be:

10 x Excellent Prizes


  • Trophy and Award certificate

Contact Us


Add:CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co., Ltd.

Xu Bochu


  • Associate Dean, School of Arts and communication, Southwest Jiao Tong University
  • State Council Accreditation Committee
  • Member of Austria Artists Association
  • Honorary member of the Austria Institute of design
  • Austria professional sculptor Association
  • Director, academic committee, Academy of Fine Arts, Sichuan Normal University
  • Director, Chengdu City Public Environmental Art Association
  • Vice president of Sichuan provincial Graphic Design Association
  • ECE European city image design landscape designer
  • National Social Science Fund
  • Professional technical title evaluation committee of Sichuan Province
  • Outstanding contribution expert of Sichuan Province

Terms and conditions

1.All submissions must be created by entrant personally, and must not infringe the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other personal or proprietary rights of any person or entity.   Entries must not have been previously published, released or distributed in any form. Entries must not have won any previous awards.

2.The intellectual property right of the entries is shared by both the designers and the sponsor who own the right to promote, demonstrate, publish the plan and make other forms of promotion, etc..

3.Except for the authorization of the organizer, any organization, individual and third party are prohibited to make any re-design, production, sales, promotion, publication, exhibition and other forms of promotion for the entries of this Competition, otherwise the organizer has the right to investigate for legal liability.

4.Work proposals designed for the service of any third party are prohibited for participation in this Competition, or any legal dispute caused therefrom shall be borne by the participants.

5.Collection of entries begins on 1st June 2018, and ends on the 18 September 2018. Late entries will not be accepted.

In addition, the following terms and conditions must also be met.

1)The competition is open to entrants who are at least 18 years of age on the date of submitting their entry.  

2)Employees, officers and directors of CRRC, its subsidiaries, affiliates, franchisees, advertising and promotion agencies, and anyone involved in the production or administration of the Competition, and any member of the immediate family or household of any such persons, are not eligible. Contest is void where prohibited. 

3)CRRC, its associated companies and its designers shall have the unrestricted and non-exclusive right to edit, adapt, publish, copy, display, perform, broadcast, modify, and otherwise use any or all entry materials and intellectual property, alone or in combination with other material including but not limited to essays, photos and/or videos in any and all media, whether now known or later discovered, in perpetuity, without restriction of any kind whatsoever, without further compensation to the entrant or anyone else. 

4)Following the culmination of the competition, CRRC reserves the right to use images and for display purposes at CRRC’s premises without copyright or royalty restrictions.   

Introduction to the Juries

The competition aims for interesting and creative design for all kinds of rail vehicles, including high-speed train, Metro and other new rail vehicles. The design should be a solution to solve the transportation issues globally, promote people to use railway rather than the automobile, or help to solve the city congestion.

1)Judges will include: senior management from CRRC, the Chairman of PriestmanGoode, professors of university design departments and international design experts. The evaluation from the judges will be the final results of the competition.

2) Entries will be judged on their originality, functionality, perceived commercial feasibility, artistry, and the potential to solve the issues concerned.

3)Participants should retain the original documentation for their entries, as all materials received will not be returned.

4)The judges have the right to reject any work that is not in conformity with the competition terms. Once the work is submitted, no change is allowed.

5)Winners will be notified by emails or phone calls, using the information supplied during the entry register. Please make sure your information is correct through which we can contact directly.

6)The shortlists will be invited to Qingdao, PRC on 21th November 2018 to present their design to the panel of judges in person. The travel expense and accommodation will be paid for one designer from each shortlisted work by CRRC.

Legal Statements

1.Participants shall provide real personal information during registration and the Competition Society will not make substantive review on the identity of the designers; however, the participants will lose their opportunities for prize acceptance and work publication due to false personal information.

2.Participants must ensure that the entries are original without any plagiarism and infringement to the intellectual property right or other rights of any third party. If any above-mentioned illegal acts occur, the participants shall bear all liabilities of compensation and ensure that the organizing committee is protected against any loss.

3.The Competition Society is not equipped with sufficient monitoring capability to identify acts of plagiarism. However, once the acts of plagiarism are identified, the Competition Society has the right to disqualify the participants and require the return of prizes or bonuses, and meanwhile reserve the right to request for the compensation caused by potential occurred damage. The judging panel assumes no legal liability for the infringement acts by others, and the legal liability for infringement shall be borne by the plagiarists.

4.Works which are prohibited to be published, disseminated or contain the following contents are not accepted by the Competition Society.

(1) No entry should contravene the basic principles of the Constitution;

(2) No entry should endanger the state security, disclose the state secrets, subvert the state regime, and separate the unification of the state;

(3)No entry should impair the honor and interests of the state;

(4) No entry should instigate ethnic hatred or ethnic discrimination, or undermine national unity;

(5) No entry should break religious policies of the State, or blazon forth evil cults or superstition;

(6)No entry should disseminate rumors, disturb social order, or undermine social stability;

(7)No entry should spread obscenity, eroticism, gambling, violence, homicide, terror or instigate crimes;

(8) No entry should insult or slander others, infringe the legitimate rights and interests of others;

(9) No entry should contain other contents prohibited by laws and administrative regulations.

5.Participants should retain the manuscripts of the entries in advance.

6.The Competition Society enjoys the final explanation right of this Competition within the scope permitted by the law.

Call for entries

1.The inaugural International Train Design Competition invites students, graduates and young professionals to design rail vehicles that will shape the future of green transportation.

2.The aim of the competition is to encourage industrial design innovation in the rail industry and to promote rail transportation as integral to the development of a more sustainable world.

3.Judges are looking for interesting and creative designs for all types of rail vehicles, from high-speed trains to metros. They are looking for designs that tackle worldwide issues such as encouraging people to use rail travel rather than personal cars, or how rail vehicles can help ease congestion in cities.

Entry guidelines

Your design work should be uploaded as zip or rar file. The entry file should be named with designer’s name + the work name (in case the entry is from a team work, only one designer`s name is shown in the entr file’s name). The entry file should include: design presentation(images or video in JPG or Mpeg4) and work description( in word format). More details below:

1.The design entry must not exceed three A2 size JPG files(vertical layout) with at least 300 dpi resolution. The First A2 page should clearly explain the whole entry in this one page.

The following two A2 pages should further explain the design in more detail, covering creative thinking, background, design principles and the technology used.

Each submission should include two parts:

a) An overview of the issue, which can be a specific issue for one country, or for the whole world. This proposed design should be sustainable transportation solution which is feasible in 10 years.

b) An introduction to the proposed solution and how it works supported by clear details. The solution can be high-speed rail, metro, commuter, intercontinental train, or a new type of rail vehicle, which means it must be some kind of rail vehicle.

2. In addition to the JPG file, the entries can also submit an animation (optional), in mpeg4 format with no less than 720p resolution.

3.An introduction of 200 words in doc/docx shall be submitted with the design work.

4. The JPG files from each entry should not exceed 50M; the animation not exceed 150M.

5. Every entry can submit more than 1 design work.

6. To guarantee a fair competition, the designer`s name should not be seen on the submitted JPG images.

7. All information submitted should be in both English and Chinese or only in English for the international judges to get better understanding of the work.