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YouTube announces NextUp 2017 winners 


Cover art Samantha Gonzales

In July, the world’s most popular online video community YouTube began looking for YouTube creators to join its internet‑famous NextUp contest.

The criteria: 10,000 to 100,000 subscribers and at least three original videos posted in the past three months.

Today, they announced the 12 winners who will be awarded with mentorship programs, skill workshops and a ₱100,000 voucher for production equipment. The channels were selected on the basis of their potential for improvement, capacity for attracting audiences, and alignment with YouTube’s core values.

Raiza Contawi


Reneé Dominique

Hype Streetball

Karl Zarate

Nate Punzalan

Team Lyqa

Lou Sanchez

About RAF

Mae Layug



These NextUp creators will also be part of the weeklong creator camp at the YouTube Pop‑up Space Manila this month. At the creator camp, creators will team up with production experts to learn new techniques in camera, lighting, and sound, and receive coaching from the YouTube Partnerships team on how to grow their audience like a pro. They’ll also get advice from previous YouTube NextUp grads and the opportunity to meet and work with other fast‑rising creators in the program.

Since the program’s launch in 2011, YouTube NextUp has helped over 300 YouTube creators from 15 countries to “turbocharge” (their words) their YouTube channels. Manila’s winners are joining the ranks of past NextUp classes from New York, London, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Berlin, Paris, Toronto, and Mumbai.