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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.


Where are the Interactive Awards?


When Applied Arts launched the Interactive Awards in 2006, new media and digital applications were completely different from traditional advertising campaigns and design work. In a multidisciplinary 2017, that’s no longer the case. Agencies, studios and individuals now offer a wide array of services, and there are more integrated campaigns than purely digital ones. Digital is everywhere, and in everything. With that in mind, the Interactive Awards will no longer stand as a separate entity. Instead, we've reassigned (and, in some cases, expanded) all of the former Interactive Awards categories into special sections within the Design and Advertising programs (Interactive Design and Interactive Advertising, respectively).



2017 Applied Arts Awards


The call for entries for all programs is now closed. Check back in late September 2017 for the 2018 call for entry launch.




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.





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





Established and emerging illustrators and animators enter categories ranging across advertising, editorial, unpublished and packaging.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





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





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.





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



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 2017 program is closed. Please check back in September 2017 for more info, eligibility and submission instructions for 2018.

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The 2018 call for entry opens September 25, 2017! Check back soon for more info!