Matthew Bland, a product design student at the University of Central Lancashire, has won the 2011 SuperYacht UK (SYUK) design competition.

Announced at the 2011 Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show during the SuperYacht UK Technical Seminar, Bland will now represent Britain at the 5th Abitare La Barca Concept Awards, which run from February 16-17, 2011 at the annual Seatec exhibition in Carrara, Italy.

Students from a selection of design courses were asked to submit their current portfolio to a panel of judges from the SuperYacht UK association. Portfolio requirements demanded a strength in being able to design by hand, which would enable the winning student to compete successfully at the competition by drawing to a brief live on the show floor.

“SYUK is delighted to be supporting young British designers,” says Tom Chant of SuperYacht UK. “This is the second year we have had an entry into this competition and intend to develop this competition year-on-year to encourage more UK students to be recognised in international markets.”