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2019 Advertising Awards

The Applied Arts Advertising Awards is an international competition open to all disciplines of advertising work including, but not limited to, traditional advertising work from print, out-of-home, radio, television, to interactive work and experiential promotional opportunities that work to strengthen a brand.

Whether you are new to the Applied Arts Advertising Awards or have submitted previously, please download the 2019 Call for Entry kit and Category kit for important information and tips on entering.

2019 Call for Entry Kit 2019 Advertising Awards Categories Kit

2019 Advertising Awards Jury

Our 2019 Advertising Jury is a carefully curated panel of experts from Canada and beyond. Cannes. AdAge. Clio. Our judges have been recognized by the international advertising community for their stellar work with some of the world's biggest brands – Audi, Canada Goose, Coca-Cola, etc. Our 2019 Advertising Judges are supremely qualified to help identify our 2019 Applied Arts Advertising Awards winners. So without further ado...drumroll, please!

Nick Asik
WAX partnership incorporated
Calgary, AB

Nick's career has spanned North America, working for agencies in Toronto, Calgary, Los Angeles and New York. He's leant his creativity to brands like Audi, Coca-Cola, Corona, Google, Honda and Nintendo. His ads have garnered over 300 million views online and have been covered on major news networks around the world. His work has been recognized by Applied Arts, The One Show, D&AD Awards, The Webby Awards, and Communication Arts. Nick is a frequent speaker at ad schools across Canada, helping to inspire the next generation of creative thinkers.

Marilou Aubin
Montreal, QC

With more than 17 years of experience in advertising and digital communication, Marilou is always searching for new ways to create engaging consumer experiences. She has crafted close to 50 award-winning works in storytelling, content creation, web and mobile experiences, and interactive environments. In 2009 she joined AgênciaClick in São Paulo, and worked on Philips, Fiat and Blowtex. At lg2 since 2011, Marilou has been a driving force for QuébecOriginal, Tourisme Montréal, the SAAQ, Hydro-Québec, Desjardins and Bell, helping lg2 to become Canada's most awarded agency. In the last couple of years, she's earned 2 shortlists at Cannes, 5 Merits at The One Show and 4 Communication Arts and 4 Webby awards, to name a few. She recently sat on the jury for the Clios, The Marketing Awards and the Atomic Awards. In 2019, she will be the first female president of the Créa, Quebec's most prestigious national ad awards.

Kevin Barclay
New York, NY

After accepting Applied Arts' invitation to judge, award-winning CD Kevin Barclay -- originally from Winnipeg – confessed the following: I bought the very first issue of Applied Arts in 1986 when I was a kid-designer. And I was hooked. The one thing I knew was I didn't know anything. I devoured every issue, hoping it would make me better. I read every article. Every bio. I analyzed every piece. I even placed tracing paper over editorial designs to study grids. Seeing how everyone kicked my butt was worth the subscription price ... until I realized agencies I worked for subscribed, and I could feel inadequate on their dime. I'd like to thank all the editors and judges from years past, whose impossibly high standards forced me to raise my own standards, and change my own sense of what's possible.

Joseph Bonnici
Bensimon Byrne
Toronto, ON

Joseph is a Partner and the Executive Creative Director of Bensimon Byrne. For the past 7 years he has helped lead Bensimon Byrne, overseeing its growth into one of the largest independent agencies in Canada. In 2018, Bensimon Byrne was named AdAge's Small International Agency of the Year. He has chaired the Marketing Awards, the CMAs and the National Advertising Challenge. He has been awarded golds at every creative awards show, nationally and globally, including multiple Cannes Lions, D&AD and One Show Pencils, and Clios. Joseph has a partner named Bryden who works for a rival agency. In their spare time they often debate whose success is most important to their future retirement goals.

Dominique Bulmer
Montreal, QC

After a few years traipsing around Asia, Dom returned home to Montreal driven by the idea of pursuing a creative career. After landing at Draft FCB as a junior copywriter, he quickly proved himself on brands like Air Canada, Fido and Molson. Over the next 10 years, his journey took him to PALM-Havas to Ogilvy to Publicis, where he perfected his craft on national accounts including CN, Astral-Bell, Health Canada, BMW and Canada Bread. Dom hit the ground running after being recruited by Bleublancrouge in 2015, working on large-scale campaigns for Ubisoft, Cadillac Fairview and Sherlock, each of which produced great results and earned national and international awards. As CD, Dom oversees creative teams while remaining an active writer, pursuing his creative passion while assuming a leadership role. If you ask Dom about Bleublancrouge, he'll tell you that he's never worked so hard. Or been so happy.

Cher Campbell
john st.
Toronto, ON

Cher's journey to becoming an executive creative director at john st. has been, quite literally, a journey. In her career, she has worked around the world, having worked in Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver, Singapore, Hong Kong and Auckland. From FCB and TBWA to BBDO, her creativity and approach are both informed by her global experience and upbringing. Never one to take herself too seriously, she loves a good practical joke.

Brent Choi
DDB Canada
Toronto, ON

As a 'creative' guy, for years Brent hid that he graduated from one of Canada's top business schools, that he used to be an AE, and that he had won numerous math competitions. Today, Brent uses his unique left-brain/right-brain approach to lead DDB's creative product and strategic direction across all offices. Before DDB, Brent spent 3 years in the big apple in charge of JWT's flagship office helping transform them from old school agency to the #5 Cannes Cyber Agency in the World. Before that, Brent helped two Canadian agencies transform into Agency of the Year and two others to runner-up AOY, and clients being named Brand and twice Marketer of the Year. In 2013, he was the #2 Digital CEO in the World. He has 25 Cannes Lions, and his work has been featured around the world including in the New York Times, CNN, Forbes, Fast Company and even Sesame Street.

Denise Cole
Juliet Creative
Toronto, ON

Denise earned her stripes in San Francisco working for one of the most respected independent agencies in the city and on some of the biggest brands in the world, including Ray-Ban, Jeep and Disney. She then returned to her homeland – Canada – and proceeded to create award-winning work at TBWA and J. Walter Thompson (gaining recognition at Cannes, One Show and D&AD) before co-founding Juliet Creative. Denise also teaches at Miami Ad School Toronto.

Carle Coppens
Montreal, QC

In his 20+ years of experience, Carle has been creative director at BCP, Publicis, Brad and Ogilvy. His campaigns – as well as his work as an author – have garnered countless prizes, including honours from Cannes Lions, Epica, Act Responsible, Communication Arts, Applied Arts, the Marketing Awards and the Créa Awards, which he also helmed the jury of in 2016.

Rica Eckersley
Toronto, ON

Rica Eckersley has spent over 15 years helping brands find their unique voice and shaping their narratives across multiple platforms. Her keen sense of insight and love of storytelling have helped her create memorable campaigns for clients such as Virgin Mobile, IKEA, Jamieson Vitamins, and Weston Bakeries. Her work has been recognized by The One Show, Communication Arts, the Epica Awards, the Advertising and Design Club of Canada, and more. Rica is also one of the founders of Fierce Mama, greeting cards that celebrate the working power mom.

Dave Federico
No Fixed Address
Toronto, ON

Dave started his career 20 years ago at legendary Canadian agency Roche Macaulay and Partners. Since then he's worked at some of the most highly regarded creative agencies in the country, from john st. to Leo Burnett to NFA, where he and his partner share Chief Creative Officer duties. In that time, he learned from the best, winning big creative (Cannes, One Show, etc.) and effectiveness (Cassies, Effies, etc.) awards. Some even came with little statues. Through his career he's worked with some of the world's biggest brands including IKEA, Mercedes-Benz, Procter & Gamble, Honda, Air Canada, and Little Caesars. Although 20 years may sound like a long time, he still walks in the agency everyday with the same intent of making the best work of his career with people he enjoys making it with.

Jeff Hilts
FCB Canada
Toronto, ON

An award-winning Chief Creative Officer, Jeff's passion for creative thinking along with an unwavering commitment to his craft has helped shape his multi-disciplinary career. Jeff's work has been recognized nationally and internationally by One Show, D&AD, Clios, Communication Arts, LIA's, Effie Awards, and Cannes. During his time at FCB Toronto, the agency has been named Strategy's Digital Agency of the Year in 2016, 2017 and 2018. FCB was also the most awarded Canadian agency in Cannes for 2017 - bringing home 10 Cannes Lions for its "Canadian Down Syndrome Answers" campaign. Most recently, Jeff was recognized as one of Toronto's leading brand stars in 2018 by Adweek.

Joel Holtby
Toronto, ON

Joel has been called one of Canada's top advertising talents and has been a regular feature in Strategy's top Creative Report Card, including being named #1 art director in Canada and top 30 under 30. He has come up with and lead some of Canada's most iconic work including Molson Canadian's internationally recognized Beer Fridge and #AnythingForHockey Epic Rink campaigns, and most recently, Greenpeace's Stop Sucking campaign and IKEA's celebrated follow up to there iconic Lamp commercial. His work has been featured by almost every major news outlet including CNN, Time Magazine and The New York Post. Before Rethink he was a major part of the team at Grip in creating Kokanee's Gold Cannes winning campaign "The Movie Out Here". Joel also created what has been called the "most viral PSA in Canadian history" for Gay rights around the 2014 Sochi Olympics for The Canadian Institute For Diversity and Inclusion.

Nikki Jobson
Vancouver, BC

Nikki hails from the UK where she spent many years working at independent shops and multinationals whilst drinking too much tea. Fourteen years ago, she moved to Canada, eventually making TAXI Vancouver her home. During that time she's built a reputation for creating buzzworthy work, fostering talent and using her collaborative skills to build stand-out brands. Her recent rebrand for DivaCup fulfilled her life-long-ambition to create period advertising that doesn't feature blue blood, or women roller skating in white shorts. Nikki's work has been recognized nationally and internationally, but she's most proud of creating work that works. She still doesn't understand hockey.

Lisa Lebedovich
Vancouver, BC

With over 18 years of advertising experience, Lisa has created standout campaigns for local and international brands across all client categories and media. During her career, she has worked at some of Canada's top agencies including Rethink, TAXI, Cossette, and Will where she leads the agency's advertising mandates for clients like Happy Planet, Lululemon, Bulletproof, and Stanley Park Brewing. Lisa has won numerous awards for her work including The One Show, Cannes, London International Advertising Awards, ADCC, The Clios and The Marketing Awards. Her work has been featured in Communication Arts, Lurzer's Archive and on the cover of Applied Arts.

Sebastian Lyman
Berlin, DEU

Sebastian is a half Native-American creative director who has worked internationally in Toronto, Los Angeles and Berlin. He started his career in Toronto at TAXI and Cossette, before spending two years at 72andSunny in Los Angeles. He's since made the move to Berlin, where he created the most successful global campaign in Mercedes-Benz history. Most recently he created the first campaign for Louis Vuitton luggage brand RIMOWA, which was the most successful in LVMH's history. In 2018 Sebastian became the first creative director at Anomaly's newest office in Berlin. Sebastian's work has been awarded at places like the Cannes Lions, One Show, Effies and LIA.

Carlos Moreno
Toronto, ON

Carlos is one of the most successful creative directors in Canada. Under his leadership, Cossette was named Canadian "Agency of the Year" by Strategy Magazine in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He brought the same honour to BBDO in 2011. In both cases, firsts for the agencies. As an art director, he was twice included in the Top Ten list globally by The Gunn Report. In 2018 and 2019 he was the number one creative director in Canada on the Strategy Magazine Creative Report Card. A native of Guatemala, Carlos was named one the most Influential Hispanics in Canada by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He has worked as an AD and CD in Toronto and New York for such agencies as McCann, Saatchi and Downtown Partners DDB. In 2015, Carlos brought his skills to Cossette where he runs a variety of blue chip accounts, including McDonald's, General Mills and SickKids.

Claire Morrisey
Los Angeles, CA

As Group Creative Director, Claire leads 72andSunny's Google business. She's passionate about making great work, and also making this crazy advertising life sustainable for real people with real lives. Over the course of her career, Claire has worked in New York, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, and London. She's launched several iPhones, a set of Rolexes, a host of Google Nest products, membership apps for Coors Light and Starbucks, and the iPad. Claire loves that her work life has her in an abandoned subway station in Sao Paulo one day, and at the 3% Conference in Chicago the next, and enjoys the challenging logistics game of being a mom on top of it all.

Gail Pak
Zulu Alpha Kilo
Toronto, ON

Gail has spent the last 17 years of her career honing her craft at top creative shops including McCann, Ogilvy & Mather, Lowe Roche, Leo Burnett, and Crispin Porter + Bogusky. Working across multiple categories, Gail has built integrated campaigns for global brands such as Kellogg's, P&G, Visa and Unilever. Her passion for understanding clients business needs and finding creative solutions has allowed her to be recognized at The One Club, LIAs, Communication Arts, Marketing, and featured in Fast Company. She joined Zulu in 2015. Most recently she has helped rebrand Interac, and helped create their podcast 'Earning Curve', which made Apple's best podcast list of 2018.

Chaka Sobhani
Leo Burnett
London, UK

A highly-awarded director, writer and CD, Chaka has worked for the biggest broadcasters, brands and agencies worldwide. She spent 10+ years as a film maker and in television. Chaka was recruited by ITV to set up and ECD their first in-house creative agency, production company and design studio. During this time, the network regained the no.1 UK position, created its most successful global content in X Factor and Downton Abbey, and won their first Channel of the Year, numerous BAFTA's and the Rose D'Or. Chaka then spent several years at leading independent agency Mother before joining Leo Burnett. She has worked on countless brands including McDonalds, Boots, Coca Cola, Kellogg, and Adidas. Chaka has overseen Leo Burnett London be named Agency of the Year 2016 by Epica, Direct Agency of the Year 2016 by Campaign, and be part of the world's most awarded network (according to AdAge's 2015 Awards Report).

Rob Sweetman
One Twenty Three West
Vancouver, BC

Rob Sweetman is Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director at One Twenty Three West in Vancouver. He helped launch the agency in a garage with partners Bryan Collins, Jeff Harrison and Scot Keith to embrace the current realities of our industry. As the agency has grown, the low overhead, high talent model has remained. Today One Twenty Three West proudly boasts a senior team with 12 working creative directors and clients all over the world. Rob has been fortunate enough to have his work honoured with pencils from the One Show, D&AD, Lions at Cannes, and Clios and Webby Awards. As a result, he's been ranked the top-awarded Art Director in Canada 3 times by Strategy Magazine and top 10 Creative Director. He's also judged Cannes twice. However, according to his mother, nothing tops having an ad featured on the Ellen Degeneres show.

Judging Process

All work is entered digitally and judged digitally. There are no hard copies. Therefore, please read our Helpful Tips, in the 2019 Entry Kit to ensure that you have prepped your work to be viewed in the best light possible.

A separate jury of senior creatives is chosen for each competition and does not include anyone from Applied Arts staff. All Judges must be invited.

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 entered

NOTE: Entries submitted to the Community and Young Blood categories are also judged based on their level of experience and available resources. Both are taken into consideration.

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 in the Awards Annual and online Winners Gallery. If you feel your submission needs a description, you may include a short description with your assets (no more than 50 words or 10s for broadcast/video).


Early Bird: September 13, 2019*
Final: September 20, 2019

*Early bird rates apply.

We can grant short extensions, but we cannot guarantee one. Endeavour to have your entry finalized by the posted deadline date.


The contest is international and open to all forms of commissioned, published, unpublished and personal work from professionals and enthusiasts created between August 2018 and August 2019 (but not entries that have been submitted into last year's competition). Only digital entries are accepted for this competition.

Community categories are for Canadian creative professionals working on smaller projects and local clients. Entries will be judged with consideration of the limited resources and budgets as larger advertising agencies.

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

NOTE: Work submitted in one of the other Advertising categories is not eligible to be entered into the Community categories.

Young Blood categories are open to entrants who have been out of school for five years or less. Entries can be any application from any of the corresponding categories.

Eligibility FAQ

Can students enter? No. Students may enter the Student Competition. The 2020 Student Awards competition will open in early 2020. Sign-up to receive call-for-entry notifications.

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.

Entry Fees

Entry fees vary per sub-category and category. Please be sure to download the 2019 Advertising Awards Categories Kit for detailed pricing.

Single: Early Bird $75 / Regular $85
Series (up to three ads): Early Bird $100 / Regular $110
Campaign (five to nine ads): Early Bird $175 / Regular $185

Digital Advertising
Single: Early Bird $140 / Regular $150
Series (up to 3 digital ads): Early Bird $150 / Regular $160
Campaign (a minimum of 4 online elements): Early Bird $175 / Regular $185

Broadcast (Radio/Television)
Single: Early Bird $125 / Regular $135
Series (up to 3 ad spots): Early Bird $175 / Regular $185

Craft Advertising
Single: Early Bird $125 / Regular $135
Series (up to 3 ad spots): Early Bird $175 / Regular $185

Young Blood & Community Advertising
Single: Early Bird $60 / Regular $70
Series (up to 3 ad spots): Early Bird $75 / Regular $85
Campaign (five to nine ads): Early Bird $100 / Regular $110


For the full list of Advertising categories, download our Applied Arts Category Kit.

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. Or, after you've finished an entry, click "Submit in another category" and a duplicate entry will be created with all the same information. Be sure to change the discipline and 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 winner's Gallery for examples. If you still have questions regarding our categories or require assistance in selecting the appropriate category, contact

Is my entry a single or a series? A single means one piece, and series means you are submitting more than one piece of the same project to a maximum of three. A campaign, unless specified otherwise in the Applied Arts Awards Advertising Category Kit, is five to nine pieces. 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 indicated numbers for single, series and campaign.

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, local clients get the recognition they deserve without competing directly with big-budget projects and agencies/studios. This year, Community Awards categories have been rolled into each of the four competitions (Photography, Illustration, Design and Advertising). Entries in these categories may not be entered in any other non-Community category.

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.

Creative Credits & Descriptions For Publication

All creative descriptions and credits should be entered at the time of submission, as we only allow for a very short window of time to edit or add these once winners are notified.

Only 6 credit roles will appear in print. Multiple names can be assigned to once credit role (i.e. if you have 2 creative directors, they are counted as towards one credit role). All creative credits entered will appear in the online Winners Gallery.

NOTE: Descriptions for the judges are not recommended, except where specifically noted. The judges do not see the typed creative descriptions you have entered as they are for publication in the Annual.

Preparing & Submitting Entry Material


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 for the Annual.

Acceptable formats:


Video & Broadcast

Please upload MP3 or MP4 files directly to your entry. Files should not exceed 80 MB for audio/video files.

Interactive Apps

URLs to websites or apps is an acceptable format, or you may upload a screen walk-through upload a file. Please be sure any URLs will be available during the entire judging and publication process (December 2019). File sharing sites are not recommended for viewing entries during the judging process.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The use of passwords for web-based entries or videos through file sharing sites is strongly discouraged.

Maximum Number Of Files

Single – upload 1 file
Series – Up to 3 files*
Campaigns – UP to 9 pieces or files*

*Multiple file formats accepted together in one entry. Note: a URL is considered one file.

Entry Material FAQ

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

The program crashed. Did I lose everything? No - not if you saved during entering. Be sure to save frequently!

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 REQUIREMENTS. Check your file and re-upload. If you continue to experience difficulties, 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.

How To Enter

The entry form consists of 5 steps. You will have the option to save your progress during each step of the process.

Create or login to your 'MY ENTRIES' Account.

This is your Applied Arts Awards account for all Awards competitions. Once logged in you can edit your personal information, add, copy or edit entries and pay for entries.

Bookmark for easy access to your account later.

This is your Applied Arts Awards account for all Awards competitions. Once logged in you can edit your personal information, add, copy or edit entries and pay for entries. You can also populate or modify your creative credits to save time when entering submissions.

NOTE: If you've entered the Applied Arts Awards this year or within the last two years, please use the email address associated with your account.

Step 1: Select from one of the Awards competitions, chose a category and add your entry title.

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

Step 2: Upload files

Entry format: all entries are to be submitted digitally only. High-resolution, final files are to be submitted for judging. These files will also be used for publication. See the entry material requirements section above for acceptable formats.

Maximum Number Of Files

Single – upload 1 file
Series – Up to 3 files*
Campaigns – UP to 9 pieces or files*

*Multiple file formats accepted together in one entry. Note: a URL is considered one file.

Step 3: Add Winners Information

Everything entered in this section is for publication only and is not visible to the judges. Please review the information carefully.

Winners will have a very short window to add/edit this information.

The 'Winner' field is the primary company or individual you want to be a credited on the piece. In most cases, it is a company name, but could be an individual or individuals in the case of a photographer, illustrators, young blood, etc. The information entered here does not count towards the six credit roles that appear in print.

Creative descriptions are for publication use only and are not seen by the judges. The intention of the creative descriptions is to provide an overall summary of the project. The description is limited to a maximum of 500 characters.

Step 4: Add Creative Credits

Up to six credit roles will appear in the publication. All other credit roles entered will appear only in our online Winners Gallery. Note; more than one name may appear under one credit role.

Step 5: Add your Certificate information

You will receive a certificate for your winning entry. Additional certificates can be ordered once winners have been notified.

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.

NOTE: Winners will be given a short window of time to make edits.

Payment & Refunds

Entry fees vary. Check each awards program in this entry kit for entry fees. Pay for all or only some of your entries at any given time—just select which entries you want to pay for.

The payment option is on the My Entries home page. Payments can be made by Interac, Visa, MasterCard or American Express (Amex on Canadian payments only at this time). For U.S. and foreign entries, submit fees in US funds.

We only accept cheque, money order 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.

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. Once an entry is paid, you cannot change the category, entry format or credits. A paid entry is final, so check carefully before proceeding to the payment fields. If declared a winner, you will be given a small window of time addor edit credit and descriptions before publication.

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. We do not issue refunds, but contact if you need the entry removed from the judging or winners’ pool.

I’m getting error messages when I try to pay. 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


All entrants will be notified by late-October 2019 via email. At that time, you will have a very short window of time to correct or finalize any creative credits and descriptions that you did not complete when entering.

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

Winners FAQ

What do winners receive?

  • Your work published in print in the Winter 2019 issue
  • A complimentary copy of the Winter 2019 issue
  • Your work published online in our Winners Gallery
  • A personalized, awards certificate for every winning entry signed by noted designer Georges Haroutiun, the founder and art director of Applied Arts
  • The ability to share your winning entries in a digital tear sheet format directly from our online Winners Gallery


  • Order additional certificates for your creative team, client, etc. with an option to order a Plaque-mounted certificate
  • Order additional copies of the Awards Annual at a discount price
  • Order a personalized, engraved award trophy. This attractive Lucite cube is 3.5x3.5x3.5" and is back by popular demand

*Additional fees apply

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, complete, campaign or motion, we select a sampling at our discretion from the images submitted.

What rights do I retain if my work is chosen? You retain all rights to your images. Upon entry, you will need to grant us the rights to reproduce the image or images for both our online gallery and print edition.

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.


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. All descriptions and credits are subject to editing for length, clarity and grammar in accordance with the Applied Arts editorial style guide. A submission of entry acknowledges acceptance of these rules.