Young Designers United
Stand aside D&AD talent pool and YCN, there's a new kid on the block, and this one is not strictly for the british! Young Designers United and Young Photographers United are organisations aimed at promoting up and coming talent in photography and design. YPU was launched in 2001 and thanks to it's success the organisers have launched YDU in December 2009.
The general gist of it is you, the young designer / photographer join, you get a free website to showcase your work, an online social network is built between you, other young talented designer, the stakeholders (creative world, business world, educational institutions, design lovers).
YDU will set up privileged partnership with interesting orginisations that fit certain preset requirements. You can read more (and JOIN) on the YDU and YPU websites.
In the meantime, my YDU portfolio can be found here.