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About the Applied Arts Awards

 

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Launched in 1992, the Applied Arts Awards are the only competition in Canada that recognizes the creative work of professionals across the visual communications sector, from image makers to advertising executives to designers. These awards are your best opportunity to promote your work to an audience of the best and brightest of the industry as well as to potential clients. Over the past 25 years, the Applied Arts Awards have become an international recognition of creative excellence.

 

Juries of senior-level working industry professionals select all winners. Past jury members have included Patrick Scissons of KBS, Claire Dawson of Underline Studio, Claude Auchu of lg2boutique, Cosmo Campbell of DDB Canada, Jordan Doucette of Edelman Toronto, and Brian Morgan of The Walrus.

 

Winners receive:

  • Their work published in print in one of our five awards annuals, read by more than 46,000 creative professionals
  • A complimentary copy of the award annual their work appears in
  • Their work published online in our Winners’ Gallery and Awards Archive
  • Digital tear sheets of their work
  • A personalized, embossed awards certificate for every winning entry signed by noted designer Georges Haroutiun, the founder of Applied Arts
  • Their work displayed at related Applied Arts events attended by our network of creative professionals.

Additionally, each winner is eligible to win the AACE Award, awarded to the highest-scoring entrant in each of our five disciplines. AACE winners receive one of our engraved Lucite cube awards, as well as additional coverage in-book.

 

2016 AACE Awards

Winners announced in February 2017 at an invite-only event.

 


 

2017 Applied Arts Awards

 

The call for entries for ALL PROGRAMS are now OPEN! Click here to access rules, categories and entry forms, or click on each award below.

 

Community

Launch: November 25, 2016

Deadline: December 22, 2016

Publishes: March 2017

 

Recognizes work in advertising, design, photography, illustration and interactive. The population of your community determines which categories you will be able to enter. Open only to companies and freelancers operating in Canada.

 

 

Photography

Launch: November 25, 2016

Deadline: January 13, 2017

Publishes: May 2017

 

Traditional and digital images from established and emerging photographers in categories such as advertising, editorial, photojournalism, lifestyle, motion and more. Open to international entrants.

 

 

Illustration

Launch: November 25, 2016

Deadline: January 13, 2017

Publishes: May 2017

 

Established and emerging illustrators and animators enter categories ranging across advertising, editorial, unpublished and packaging. Open to international entrants.

  

 

Design

Launch: November 25, 2016

Deadline: March 10, 2017

Publishes: July 2017

 

Design across disciplines, from typography and packaging to web and app development to print and environmental applications. Open to international entrants.

  

 

Advertising

Launch: November 25, 2016

Deadline: April 14, 2017

Publishes: September 2017

 

Advertising and marketing professionals and agencies enter categories across traditional and contemporary advertising media including out-of-home, television, radio, copywriting and art direction, experiential and more. Open to international entrants.

 

 

Student

Launch: November 25, 2016

Deadline: May 12, 2017

Publishes: November 2017

 

Open to domestic and international post-secondary students (with some high school categories available) in creative advertising, graphic design, interactive media, photography and illustration programs. Open to international entrants.

 

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The Georges Haroutiun Scholarships

 

Applied Arts is pleased to announce the second annual Georges Haroutiun Scholarship program for post-secondary students.

 

The Georges Haroutiun Scholarships were established in 2016 to mark the magazine’s 30th anniversary. The program is named in honour of Applied Arts’s founder Georges Haroutiun, a notable graphic designer who launched the magazine in 1986 as a way to connect with industry professionals and celebrate Canadian creativity, both established and emerging.

 

The deadline is March 15, 2017. Please click here for more info, eligibility and submission instructions.


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The 2017 Applied Arts Awards launch on November 25, 2016! This is the first time the call for entry will be open for all programs at the same time. Stay tuned for more exciting developments as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of our awards.