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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. 


2018 Applied Arts Awards


The call for entries for all programs launches September 25, 2017.




Deadline: January 5, 2018

Publishes: Spring 2018


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




Deadline: January 5, 2018

Publishes: Spring 2018


Established and emerging illustrators and animators enter categories ranging across advertising, editorial, unpublished and packaging.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




Deadline: March 9, 2018

Publishes: Summer 2018


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





Publishes: Fall 2018


Recognizes work in advertising, design, photography, illustration and interactive. The contest is open only to companies, studios and freelancers operating in Canada. Work must 1) be created by professionals occupied in one of three specified population brackets, and 2) be intended for a limited market local to the entrant's town or province. 





Publishes: Fall 2018


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.





Deadline: August 31, 2018

Publishes: Winter 2019


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.


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The APPLIED ARTS Scholarships


The Applied Arts 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. Students must complete a short assignment and meet conditions of eligibility.


Deadline April 30, 2018. 


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The awards for 2018 have now closed! Thank you to everyone who entered. Our awards will reopen in 2019.