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About the Applied Arts Awards


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Launched in 1992, Applied Arts Awards are the only competitions in Canada that recognize the creative work of both professionals and students across the visual communications sector, from image-makers to advertising, marketing and graphic 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 award-winning industry professionals select all winners. Each competition is judged by a different and independent jury and does not include anyone from Applied Arts’ staff.


What Winners receive:

  • Their work published in print in one of our four Awards Annuals, read by more than 46,000 creative professionals
  • A complimentary copy of the Annual their work appears in
  • Their work published online in our Winner's Gallery and Awards Archive
  • Digital tear sheets of their work
  • A personalized, awards certificate for every winning entry signed by Georges Haroutiun, the founder and art director of Applied Arts
  • Their work displayed at related Applied Arts events.


2019 Applied Arts Awards



Early Bird Deadline: January 25, 2019

Final Deadline: February 1, 2019

Publishes: Spring 2019


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




Early Bird Deadline: January 25, 2019

Final Deadline: February 1, 2019

Publishes: Spring 2019


Established and emerging illustrators and animators enter categories ranging across advertising, editorial, unpublished and packaging.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




Early Bird Deadline: March 8, 2019

Final Deadline: March 15, 2019

Publishes: Summer 2019


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



Early Bird Deadline: June 7, 2019

Final Deadline: June 14, 2019

Publishes: Fall 2019


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.



Early Bird Deadline: September 13, 2019

Final Deadline: September 20, 2019

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.


Note re Community Awards: For 2019, Community Awards categories have been rolled into each of our other competitions.


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The 2019 Photography and Illustration Awards Competition is now open! Submit your pieces before January 25 to save on your entry costs!