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2023 Advertising Awards

Call for entries


Call for Entry Opens: May 1, 2023

Deadline: September 1, 2023

Eligibility Period: September 2022 - September 2023


Winning an Applied Arts award can lead to new business, a career shift, and most importantly, creative recognition across the industry. The Advertising Awards competition is an international program for firms and individuals working on commercial or personal/unpublished advertising and promotional work, including these and many more categories:

Be sure to review the Call for Entry kit and 2022 Categories Kit for important information and tips on entering.

It is time to show us—and the world—all the amazing work you and your team have created over the past year. You have excelled at the challenges faced and continue to raise the creative bar. Enter today to keep climbing the creative ladder.

2023 Call for Entry Kit

2022 Advertising Awards Jury

Creative directors of all stripes – from across Canada and beyond, make up our Advertising Awards jury. Big agencies and small are represented, as are both independents and multi-nationals. With clients from every category, a wide variety of expertise, and enough Lions, Pencils and other awards to fill a stadium, you can be sure that this group can spot award-winning work. But we'll let you see for yourself, by reviewing this year's judging panel.

Manas Abrol
Global Executive Creative Director | Svp

Manas (Manasvi) joined Edelman in February 2021 on the global team working on brands like Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, Samsung, and President's Choice, to name a few. Before moving to Leo Burnett Toronto, he spent 4 years at Leo Burnett Mumbai as Creative Director, where he led the agency's in-house 'innovation lab' Apollo 11 - a mix of product designers, coders, aerospace engineers, editors, designers, copywriters, and art directors. His side hustle included being the creative lead on the Twitter, P&G, and Skechers businesses, also juggling projects for Amazon Prime Video and Google, to name a few. A Miami Ad School graduate and tutor, Manas has been recognized internationally. He's received awards from D&AD, Clio, The One Show, ADC, Spikes Asia, Effie, Applied Arts, and a Guinness World Record for The Hot Wheels Thrill Machine from his time at Ogilvy, Mumbai.

Xavier Blais
Partner, Creative Director
Montreal, QC

Over the past 12 years, Xavier was fortunate enough to consistently create effective, smart-yet-stupid, attention-worthy work for brands like IKEA, Kraft Heinz, Decathlon, Molson Coors and non-profits like Greenpeace, Fondation Émergence and the National Film Board of Canada. He was an ADC Young Guns finalist in 2019 and he's been ranked amongst Canada's most awarded creatives 5 years running with multiple accolades from Cannes Lions, D&AD, The One Show, Clio Awards and The Webby Awards. His work has been featured in just about every major publication, in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and his mom's laptop desktop wallpaper.

Gints Bruveris
Creative Director
Bensimon Byrne
Toronto, ON

For over 20 years, Gints (with a hard "g") has fed his passion for creativity by working on everything from integrated ad campaigns and content to identity systems. He began his career at FCB—with stops at Y&R and TAXI—and is currently co-managing Bensimon Byrne's creative department across all its clients. Gints is known for creating thought-provoking work with purpose, and has earned recognition from Cannes, The One Show, D&AD, The Clios, Communication Arts, Applied Arts, and more.

Colin Craig
Executive Creative Director
Performance Art
Toronto, ON

Colin Craig is the Executive Creative Director of Performance Art, a specialist creative data agency. As a creative leader, he helps bring together the best of data, technology and creativity to build brands and unlock new consumer experiences. Colin's 20-year career spans across boutique graphic design studios, digital agencies, and full-service advertising firms. The opportunity to tackle everything from campaigns to design systems, and from branding to bleeding edge tech is what keeps this business endlessly interesting and challenging for him. His work has been recognized by major national and international competitions, including Cannes, The One Show, the Webby's, D&AD, and Communication Arts.

Jeffrey Da Silva
Partner, Executive Creative Director
Sid Lee
Toronto, ON

Jeffrey has spent his career perfecting his craft at some of the top creative agencies in Canada and the United States. Prior to joining Sid Lee, he led global multi-channel campaigns for Google at Mullen in Boston and was part of the team that took the agency to the Advertising Age A-list twice, Creativity's "Innovators of the year" and the Forbes Top 10 Ad Agency list. At Sid Lee he co-led the iconic "We the North" campaign for the Toronto Raptors and has been a key player in growing the agency's reputation on the global stage. His work has been awarded with multiple prizes at Cannes, D&AD, Clios's, The One Show and the Art Director's Club.

Jordan Doucette
Chief Creative Officer
San Francisco, CA

You're looking at a creative maverick. A master yarn-spinner. A powerhouse brand builder with communication wizardry and empathetic leadership as her not-so-secret weapon. And yes, Jordan Doucette is award winning. If it's shiny and sets off a metal detector, she's probably won it. Jordan's journey has seen triumphant chief creative officer stints at renowned agencies including TAXI, Publicis, Leo Burnett Chicago and FCB North America. The champion of progress and modern creative ideas, Jordan continues to push for the positive transformation of advertising to do meaningful work, that works.

Luc Du Sault
Partner, Executive Creative Director
Quebec, QC

In 2004, Luc and his friends founded the Quebec City office of lg2. Since then, they have created a fun place to find great ideas. He's lead his teams on many projects recognized on the national and international scene like Cannes, D&AD, London Internationals, The One Show and the Clios. He has also been lucky enough to sit on numerous amazing juries including Cannes, The One Show and the Clios. Luc fell in love with creativity at the young age of 4, when his dad brought home a storyboard for a TV spot. That passion continued to grow at Cossette where he worked on General Motors, pharma accounts and McDonald's. Luc leads a group of many different talents who are brilliantly solving all sorts of problems for the Société de l'Assurance Automobile du Québec, Farnham Ale & Lager, Krispy Kernels, Exceldor, Bonduelle, the Quebec government and the Quebec dairy board. Luc has always been proud to contribute to the success of lg2, which is now the largest independent agency in Canada. But more importantly, he will continue to create the way he always has - with the heart of a 4-year-old.

Stephen Flynn
Creative Director
Halifax, NS

After working at multiple advertising agencies in Atlantic Canada Stephen realized he was not getting the opportunity to do work he was truly passionate about. So in 2017 he co-founded Wunder. He believes that every brief is an opportunity to do something great, regardless of the client or budget size. In the past 5 years he helped take a 2-person agency with no clients, to the one of the top 20 agencies in Canada. Along the way, his work has won numerous awards, been covered by some of the biggest publications around the world, and garnered over 300 million earned media impressions for Wunder's clients.

Kohl Forsberg
Creative Director
Leo Burnett
Toronto, ON

In a quest to find a job where he could just sit down, Kohl got into advertising nine years ago. Ever since, he's been trying to make stuff people talk about. His work has trended #1 and #2 on BuzzFeed at the same time, and been covered in TIME, The Independent and Fast Company, to name a few. He's won Lions, Webby's, Pencils and other accolades of myriad iconography and acronyms, which is also nice. When he isn't creative directing at Leo Burnett Toronto, Kohl's gossiping with his wife, trying to make his friends laugh and telling his kids to go to bed.

Paolo Garcia
Group Executive Creative Director
Publicis Groupe

Paolo is the Group Executive Creative Director of Publicis Groupe Vietnam looking after 4 communication brands Leo Burnett, Publicis, Saatchi and Saatchi and MSL. His evolving nature was instrumental to making Leo Burnett the fastest growing agency in the market in which he helped win four straight Creative Agency of the Year and Digital Agency of the Year recognitions, as well as 6 Best in Shows awards for Mobile Marketing. Over a career spanning 21 years, his works have been recognized at the LIA, Clios, Spikes, Cannes, ADC, D&AD, The One Show, Communication Arts and MMA for some of the biggest brands including Samsung, Heineken, McDonalds, Dutch Lady, and Unilever. Now creatively leading the Group, Paolo hopes his passion for unconventional forms of communications and radical collaboration will be reflected in the Group's energy to win in the platform world. Beyond his passion for the business, Paolo works on his craft in being a Facebook dad to his two lovely daughters and serenading (to an annoying degree) his beautiful wife whom he gets to spend time with 24/7 as work-life partners.

Jenny Glover
Chief Creative Officer
Juniper Park\TBWA
Toronto, ON

In 1996 Jenny completed her law degree and to the delight of her parents, got a job as a lowly paid copywriter. After spending 20 years working in South Africa she moved to Toronto and is currently peddling her particular brand of darkness as CCO at Juniper Park\TBWA. Jenny is a cofounder of Open Chair, a South African industry gender equity initiative. In 2014 she was invited to present a master class on her award-winning Mercedes-Benz campaigns at the Cannes Lions festival. Having won golds at every major international award show and a coveted Cannes Grand Prix, she has been both a judge and jury president on numerous occasions at Cannes Lions, D&AD, The One Show, Clios and LIA.

Danielle Haythorne
Creative Director
Vancouver, BC

Danielle is a Creative Director at Will in Vancouver. She started her career in Toronto, creating award-winning work for a handful of agencies before moving to Vancouver to do the same at Rethink and then One Twenty Three West. She has two small children who are the reason she doesn't get enough sleep.

Erin Kawalecki
Partner, Chief Creative Officer
Angry Butterfly
Toronto, ON

Erin is a Creative Director who understands that everything is digital. And everything is human. Her work has been recognized by every major award show for both creativity and effectiveness. As a mom to three young kids, there is – literally – nothing you can't throw at her. She started Angry Butterfly in the summer of 2020, because the onset of a global pandemic and ensuing economic crisis seemed like the right time to leave her secure job. She'd do it all over again in a second.

Jacqueline Lane
Executive Creative Director
Public Address
Toronto, ON

Jacqueline Lane is the Executive Creative Director at Public Address Studio and Design Educator at Miami Ad School, where she shares her passion of Typography to the next generation of creative minds. While working on projects for large global brands and small businesses alike, she is dedicated to creating meaningful concepts, strategic narratives and crafted executions. With over 15 years in the industry, her thoughtful approach is informed by her background as an award-winning designer (D&AD, Communication Arts, The Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Applied Arts, etc.) as well as by her diverse experiences working with global brands (Netflix, Oprah Winfrey Network, GE, Gillette, MGM Studios) at some of Canada's top agencies (Bruce Mau, john st., Jackman Reinvents, Loblaw Digital). Jacqueline is colour obsessed and is always looking for ways to inject play into her work and fun into the process. When not in design mode, you'll find her surfing and hiking with her husband and dog. Jacqueline lives and works in Toronto.

Andrew Lavery
Executive Creative Director
Critical Mass
Calgary, AB

Too many Andrews. Goes by "Lav". Professional Creative Director. Amateur Seinfeld expert. Good dancer. Hates to dance. Compulsively makes Spotify playlists. Never listens to them. Design educated. Digitally cultivated. Industry celebrated. Builds brands. Builds campaigns. Builds experiences. Has been building them for over 17 years. Has built them for world class folks, like Nike, Apple, AT&T, adidas, Budweiser, NBC, Nissan, Loro Piana, Oakley, Budweiser and more. Lav is currently Executive Creative Director at Critical Mass, Calgary and constantly curious.

James Leake
Associate Creative Director
New York, NY

James is an Associate Creative Director who believes that the key to any great idea is honesty. He's confirmed this premise at many of the top agencies in Toronto, London and New York, including BBDO, DDB, and his current home at Mischief. Although his work has been praised and recognized by the industry and the media, he continues to do what he does for that indescribable feeling of joy that comes with uncovering the unexpected solution.

Hugo Morin
Creative Director
Havas Montreal
Montreal, QC

In 2001, Hugo Morin co-founded an award-winning web design studio called Mecano where he was Art Director, in-house Illustrator and Copywriter. He helped many high-profile clients reach sky-high results in the digital world: Bombardier, Toyota, Burger King, MEGA Brands and Capital One, to name a few. In 2010, he took off as an art director at TAXI Montreal, got a degree in marketing & management and became ECD at Ogilvy Canada. At Havas Montréal, he works relentlessly on brands such as The Laughing Cow, Babybel, Laurentian Bank and Keurig.

Kate Roland
Creative Director
One Twenty Three West
Vancouver, BC

Kate Roland is a creative director, writer, and proud unpublished author (she's working on it). She currently spends her time with the good people of One Twenty Three West and has worked on clients like McDonald's, CAA, Sleeman, and the Vancouver Mural Festival. Of awards, she's won a few, including recognition from Cannes Lions, D&AD, Communication Arts, and the ADCC. Of oxford commas, she's become fond. Though please don't come to her with your trickier grammar questions; she'll only google them.

Sarah Rutherford
Group Creative Director
Toronto, ON

Sarah Rutherford is one of the top female copywriters in Canada. She joined Cossette in 2016 and has since gone on to win many industry awards including Cannes, ECHO, The One Show, and the Effies. She is known for her digital collaborations, where she partners directly with developers, UX, and UI to bring innovative campaigns to life. From local, small business initiatives to helping SickKids raise over $1 billion dollars, she is a versatile creative that has dedicated her career to uncovering the human truth behind every brief.

Josh Stein
Chief Creative Officer
Toronto, ON

Josh is currently the chief creative officer of McCann Canada. Someone put him in charge of 40 creatives across offices in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. He spends his days working with a great group of people, creatively solving problems for clients like Chevrolet, Mastercard, Nestle, Wendy's and Petro Canada. Josh has given Canada's longest standing agency a renewed creative focus. When Josh joined McCann in 2017, the agency sat 34th on the Creative Report Card. In 2020 under his leadership, the agency cracked the top ten. McCann Canada has started to consistently win at Cannes. The Lions in 2018 were the agency's first in decades. Prior to joining McCann, Josh was the ECD of Tribal Worldwide and Creative Director at Proximity BBDO. He helped those agencies win digital agency of the year in Canada a total of 3 times. But who's counting.

Naeem Walji
Associate Creative Director
The Hive
Toronto, ON

Naeem Walji is an Associate Creative Director, Art Director, currently at The Hive in Toronto. Naeem has over a decade of experience helping brands succeed in a quickly evolving world. He's an award winning creative having spent time at both multi-national and independent agencies. His passion for design is felt at every touchpoint in his work, including his personal landscape photography, which has garnered millions of impressions on social media. He's always looking for ways to push the boundaries of how consumers digest and interpret commercial work, and believes great connection comes when value is added, and the message is unignorable.

Judging Process

All work is entered digitally and judged digitally. There are no hard copies. Therefore, please read our RECOMMENDED BEST PRACTICES to see how you can help our judges.

The judges are divided into groups, with each viewing a different and random group of entries. Each judge reviews and scores entries separately. Judges do not confer or discuss their work, and there is only one round of judging.

Entries are given one total score, based on three criteria only:

  1. Creative merit
  2. Technical excellence
  3. Suitability for end use in the category into which it is submitted to.

NOTE: Young Blood and Community entries are judged with the level of experience and/or available resources taken into consideration.


Open internationally to all forms of commissioned, published, unpublished and personal work from professionals and enthusiasts created between September 2021 and September 2022 (but not entries that have been submitted into last year's competition). Only digital entries are accepted for this competition.

Young Blood
For professionals that have graduated within the last 5 years.

Exclusively for Canadian artists and firms working in smaller communities or with smaller businesses or budgets, to help them get the recognition they deserve.

To be eligible to enter Community categories, you must be Canadian and meet one of the following criteria:

There is a stand-alone awards competition for students studying in a creative arts program at the post-secondary or high school level. Work from any year of study is eligible and may be entered up to one year after graduation. Students are only eligible to enter the Student Awards competition.

Categories & Entry Fees

Entry fees vary per sub-grouping and category.

Brand Activation
Corporate Responsibility
Digital Engagement - NEW
Entire Advertising Campaign
Entire Online Advertising Campaign
Pro Bono/Public Service/Charity

Agency/Artist Self-Promotion
Branded/Sponsored/Native Offline Content
B2B Print
B2B Direct Mail/Collateral
Cause-Related Advertising - NEW
Consumer Print
Consumer Direct Mail/Collateral
Promotional Collateral - NEW
Pro Bono/Public Service/Charity Offline Advertising
Transit Vehicles

Augmented & Virtual Reality
Branded/Sponsored Digital Content
Experiential/Dgital Engagement - NEW
Online Banner Ad
Pro Bono/Public Service/Charity Digital Advertising

Branded or Sponsored Content
Pro Bono Radio/Video
PSA/Charity Radio/Video
Low Budget Video

Art Direction
Special Effects

Entries can be from any application from the groupings of categories above.

*Rates vary by category. Refer to the 2022 Advertising Categories Kit for details.

Entry Material Guidelines

All entries are submitted digitally only. Hi-res, final files are to be submitted for judging. These files will be used for publication, if selected as a winner.

Main Entry Files

Your Main Entry File(s) must clearly show the creative to be judged (ideally with no additional graphics) in hi-res format.


IMPORTANT NOTE RE MULTI-PAGE PDFS: Use a PDF with multiple pages to incorporate any additional images while still adhering to the maximum number of files allowed. For example, the PDF could have several pages that show the image/ illustration in final context, inside pages from a book or multiple views of 3D entries such as packaging, etc. but it only counts as 1 file. This allows you more opportunities to show your work, without going over the file limit.

~ Case studies are not permitted as your Main Entry File. See below for more info.
~ Any files submitted should not identify the entrant information) except for self-promotion work.

Support Files

Support Files are for clarity to assist the judges. They are not for publication (except where noted) and do not count towards the file limitations noted above. Upload these to the "Entry Supporting Materials" sub-section of ENTRY MATERIALS on the entry form.

Please note these important required vs. optional Support Files for certain entries:

~ English translations for French (other language) entries:  Include any important text (i.e. headlines, entry title), either as Support File or within a multi-page PDF as your Main Entry File.
~ Scripts for Radio entries. Include an English script.

~ Case studies: While not recommended (as outcomes are not a criteria for judges in scoring), case studies can be added ONLY as a Support File and should be limited to max 45 seconds. REMINDER: You must include the actual creative to be judged as the Main Entry File.
~ Explanatory notes for the judges: Although not recommended (except where noted in a category), brief descriptions/explanations of up to 50 words may be added for clarity for the judges (or up to 10 seconds in the case of audio/video files).

~ Entering URLs of the same creative as a Support File: Don’t submit a URL link if you’ve already submitted an MP4 as your Main Entry Material as a Support File. However, available links to non-static creative are requested in the Winners Information section for publishing in the online Winners Gallery.
~ Files submitted, be they Main Entry Files or Support Files (including URLs), should not identify the entrant (except for self-promotion work).

Acceptable File formats





Entries are judged online. Here's how to help the judges:

How To Enter

The entry form consists of five steps. You will have the option to save your progress during each step of the process.

Create your 'MY ENTRIES' Account.

This is your Applied Arts Awards account for all Awards competitions. Once logged in personal account information can be updated, a new entry can be started, copied from an existing one, or edited, and you can pay for all or some entries.

Bookmark for easy access to your account later.

NOTE: If you've entered the Applied Arts Awards previously, please use the email address associated with your account.

All entrants must complete an online entry form in My Entries, regardless of payment method, to be eligible for entry.

Step 1: entry information

Select from one of the Awards competitions, choose a sub-group, category and add your entry title.

Step 2: Entry Materials

Entry format: All entries are to be submitted digitally only. See ENTRY MATERIAL GUIDELINES section above for detailed specifications and helpful tips.

Step 3: Winners' Information

This section is for publication only and is not visible to the judges. Please review the information carefully. There will only be 48 hours to edit this information after the Winners have been notified.

The 'Winner' field is the primary company or individual you want to be credited on the piece (i.e. company name, photographer, illustrator, Young Blood, etc.).

NOTE: In the instance that a team (e.g. AD & writer) worked together (typically for the Young Blood or Student categories), enter only the first individual of the team as in the "Winner" field. The other team member(s) should be added in the CREATIVE CREDITS section. (See Step 4: CREATIVE CREDITS for further explanation on how to enter additional names so that they are properly credited as "Winners").

Optional fields: Phone, email, web address, social handles, and the URL to the winning entry (typically, for websites and motion entries). If these are entered, they will be published beside your winning work.

NOTE: We recommend including the URL as, due to file sizes, we don't upload the MP4 files directly for viewing in the Winners Gallery. They are only used for judging.

Description of Entry: For the purpose of providing a brief creative summary of the project to be published beside your winning entry. The description is limited to a maximum of 500 characters (includes spaces).

NOTE: The "Descriptions of Entry" are for publication use only and are not shown to the judges. If additional clarity is needed for the judges, a description/explanation may be added to either your Main Entry file(s) or as a Support File. Please limit it to 50 words or a max 10-second intro for radio/video.

Step 4: Creative Credits

Credits are a summary of the individuals or companies that have worked on the project.

A credit can be designated with an individual's name or an organization. A credit role is a job function (e.g. Creative Director, or Production House). Multiple names can be assigned to one credit role (i.e. if you have two Creative Directors, they are counted as only one credit role).

A maximum of 6 creative credit roles will be published in the Annual, however, any/all creative credits you entered will appear in the online Winners Gallery.

• In instances of a team entry (e.g. Young Blood or student group project), enter the subsequent names here (Reminder: you entered one name in the "Winner" field). Choose the 'Other' role and enter Young Blood (or Student, or Winner) as a custom role field. They will not be counted towards your 6 credit roles, and will be credited together as the "Winners". These individuals may also be added a second time, identifying their specific roles on the project (e.g. Art Director, Writer).

• Credits only need to be entered once. Credits automatically get saved to your account to be used for any competition. For subsequent entries, select either a saved credit or add a new credit. To change the order of your credits, change the number from the sort column and select 'Update Sort' when finished.

• We strongly recommend credits be completed at the time of submission. If selected as a winner there will be only 48 hours to edit or add the creative credits. Be sure to review your creative credits carefully, particularly the credits to be the printed in the Annual.

Step 5: Certificate information

Winners will receive one certificate for each winning entry. Complete the winning company/individual and/or client you wish to appear on the certificate. The entry title and the category the project won in will automatically be included on the certificate. You will have the opportunity to order additional certificates once winners have been notified.

Next: Finalizing your Entry
After step 5, the entry form is complete. Press the "Save" button to return to "My Entries" dashboard to submit a new entry, copy an existing entry to a new category, or submit payment.

IMPORTANT: A submitted entry is not final and entered in the competition until you pay for it. You may edit an entry at any time until it's been paid. Once payment has been processed, it is final.

Payment & Refunds

Entry fees vary. Check the categories kit for each Awards competition for entry fees. Some or all of the entries can be paid for at any given time - just select which entries to pay. Once an entry is paid it is officially in the competition and cannot be modified.

Payments can be made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express (AmEx is for Canadian payments only at this time), or PayPal. US and international entry fees are payable in US funds.

NOTE: For US/International entrants, select PayPal as your Payment type, then click the "Pay with Credit Cards or VISA debit".

We only accept cheque or direct deposit in special circumstances. These cases must be pre-approved. Contact with your request.

If you are entering a piece as both a Single and as part of a Series, ensure there are two separate entries on My Entries - one for the Series and one for the Single.

Keep a record of your submissions.


All entrants will be notified by October 2022 via email. At that time, you will have only 48 hours to correct or finalize any creative credits and descriptions that may or may not have completed when entering

To ensure you don't miss the results notifications, add to your address book.

What Winners receive


  • Order additional certificates for your creative team, client, etc. with an option to order a plaque-mounted certificate
  • Order a personalized, engraved Awards trophy. This attractive and original Lucite cube is 3.5x3.5x3.5 square inches

*Additional fees apply

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility FAQ

Can students enter? No. Students may enter the Student Competition. Go here for categories, eligibility and deadlines for the Student Awards competition.

Can I enter something I entered last year? Not in the same competition, but if it meets the eligibility period for a different competition, then yes.

Can I enter something in multiple Awards competitions? Yes. Each competition has different eligibility periods; please check each competition for eligibility requirements.

Judging FAQ

Will the judges see my descriptions during the judging? Judges do not see the creative descriptions you have entered. These are only for publishing beside your entry if chosen as a winner. If you feel judges need an explanatory note, you may include a brief description as a Support File (no more than 50 words or 10 seconds for radio/video).

Categories FAQ

Can I enter a piece in multiple categories? Yes. In your account on the My Entries home page, click "Copy" on any entry you've created. Be sure to change the discipline and/or entry category to the new one you want to submit to.

Which category does my entry belong in? Often the best way to understand a category is to see previous work that won in that category. Check our online Winners Gallery for examples. If you still have questions regarding our categories or require assistance in selecting the appropriate category, contact

NOTE: Applied Arts reserves the right to move an entry to another category if we feel it unsuitable or incorrectly categorized.

What is a single, series, and campaign? A single means one piece. Series means you are submitting more than one piece of the same project to a maximum of three. A campaign is up to 9 pieces. NOTE: Exceptions are noted in specific categories. If an entry contains more than the specified images, we will either contact you to split the submission into multiple entries, or choose which ones will be judged, so it's best to stick to the to the indicated number of pieces.

What is the Young Blood category? Young Blood is a series of categories open only to entrants who have been out of school up to a certain number of years (three for Photography and Illustration, and five for Design and Advertising). As with all categories, they are judged on creative excellence, technical merit and suitability for end use, but the jury also takes into account the level of professional experience. You will be required to specify the name of the Young Blood entrant to qualify.

What is the Community category? The Community Awards was our newest Awards program, launched in 2017, to help Canadian artists and studios working on smaller communities or with smaller budgets local clients get the recognition they deserve. In 2019, Community Awards categories were rolled into each of the four competitions (Design, Illustration, Design and Advertising) for added exposure.

Entry Material FAQ

At what specs do I need to submit my entry? Refer to ENTRY MATERIAL GUIDELINES section for specifications.

Can I submit a hard copy or disk? No. Only digitally-uploaded entries are accepted.

The program crashed. Did I lose everything? No. You are saving your work as you go through each section of the entry form. If the program crashes as you are completing a certain section, it may not have been saved in that section.

The file I uploaded won't show me a preview. Why? You may not see the image preview if you haven't followed the specs outlined in ENTRY MATERIAL GUIDELINES. Check your file and re-upload. If you continue to experience difficulties, try clearing your browser history or contact

I uploaded the wrong file. Can I change it? Yes. You can resubmit images at any time until payment is made. Click the 'X' beside the appropriate file and re-upload your image.

NOTE: The thumbnail image may not correctly display your new image. If this happens close your browser and log back into My "Entries" for the changes to show. If you continue to experience difficulties, try clearing your browser history or contact

Rights FAQ

Do I need to get the rights of the subjects or material used from external sources in my entry? It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure copyright is not infringed. Upon entry you must grant us the rights to reproduce the image or images for both our online and print publications, so you would most likely need to have these rights in place to protect yourself. Although you do not need to send us a copy of the release forms, we do suggest that you have them. Entrants who request we don't run their winning work because they don't have the rights will not be refunded for their entry. NOTE: Student work is often exempt from copyright rules.

What rights do I retain if my work is chosen? You retain all rights to your images.

My client has revoked the right for me to enter work I've won for. What do I do? We do not issue refunds in these cases, but please contact if you need the entry removed from the Winners' pool.

Payment FAQ

Can I submit more entries after paying? Yes. In My Entries, you will have the opportunity to submit additional entries even if others already entered have been paid. This will simply generate a new confirmation email when you complete your entries with payment.

I want to change something after I've paid. What do I do? Once an entry is paid, you cannot change the category, entry title, entry format, Winners information, description of entry or creative credits. A paid entry is final, so check it carefully before proceeding to the payment fields. If chosen as a winner, you will be given a small window of time add or edit information.

Can I get a refund? Entries are non-refundable; costs cover administration, processing and the judging of the entry. A submission of entry acknowledges acceptance of these rules.

My client has revoked the right for me to enter work I’ve already paid for. What do I do? We do not issue refunds, but contact if you need the entry removed from the judging or winners' pooll.

I'm getting error messages when I try to pay. What do I do? If you entered your payment information incorrectly on your first attempt, any subsequent attempts would be declined, even if you change your payment type. Close your browser and log back into My Entries. You should now be able to proceed with payment. If you continue to experience difficulties, contact

Winners FAQ

If I win, what image will you use for reproduction? We will use the image(s) you submitted on entry. In the case of series, campaign, broadcast digital or motion, we select a sampling at our discretion from the images/files submitted.


Questions? If you've checked all of the above sections and cannot find the answer to your question, or if you are having difficulty entering, contact


Applied Arts reserves the right to amend these rules throughout the competition. Applied Arts assumes all entries are original and the property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. Applied Arts reserves the rights to publish or exhibit entries for our print or electronic formats, or related promotions. Entries are non-refundable. Costs cover administration, processing, and the judging of the entry. Entries may be moved to a more suitable category, if Applied Arts deems the category chosen unsuitable. All descriptions and credits are subject to be edited for length, clarity and grammar in accordance with the Applied Arts editorial style guide. A submission of entry acknowledges acceptance of these rules.