The Applied Arts Awards

Since 1992, the Applied Arts Awards have been an internationally recognized standard for creative excellence.  We are the only Canadian competition that recognizes the work of both professionals and students across the visual communications spectrum - covering everyone from image-makers to advertising creatives, marketing gurus to graphic designers.

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Winners receive:

  • Their work published in one the corresponding Awards Annuals
  • A complimentary copy of the Award Annual their work appears in
  • Their work published online in our Online Winner's Gallery and Awards Archive
  • A personalized, awards certificate for every winning entry signed by noted designer Georges Haroutiun, the founder and art director of Applied Arts
  • Their work displayed at related Applied Arts events attended by our network of creative professionals
  • BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – Available for purchase a personalized, engraved awards trophy. This attractive Lucite cube is a show stopper.

To enter a competition click on the competition of interest below.

2021 Photography Awards
Extended Deadline: February 22, 2021

2021 Illustration Awards
Extended Deadline: February 22, 2021

2021 Design Awards
Extended Deadline: March 9, 2021

2021 Student Awards
Deadline: May 21, 2021

2021 Advertising Awards
Launches: June 14, 2021
Deadline: September 3, 2021

Entering work to the Applied Arts Awards has never been simpler:

  • Introducing an all-new, user-friendly Awards interface for easy entering, plus new professional tips throughout the Form.
  • Digital-only submissions with a simple upload process.
  • Simpler Credit process – credits can now be stored in your account and selected as required.
  • If you work with smaller, local clients, a small business or projects with a shoestring budget you may be eligible to compete with like-sized entrants in the Community categories.
  • If you are a recent graduate with less than 5-years of industry experience you are eligible to enter the Young Blood categories to help you establish your creative talent with like-minded peers.

Juries of senior-level creative professionals review the submissions and judge entries based on creative merit, technical excellence and suitability for end use. Those that meet a pre-determined cut-off score are published in their corresponding awards Annual and online within the interactive Winners Gallery, equally and without prejudice.