If this is your first time entering this year, review below or download the Applied Arts Awards Entry Kit. Some rules have changed.
The deadline for Community is May 25, 2018.
We can grant short extensions, but we cannot guarantee one. Endeavour to have your entry finalized by the posted deadline date.
The contest is open only to companies, studios and freelancers operating in Canada. Only digital entries are accepted for this competition. Students are not eligible to enter.
It is open to all forms of commissioned, published, unpublished and personal work from professionals and enthusiasts created between January 2017 and May 2018, as long as the work was not entered in last year's Community Awards.
Work must 1) be created by professionals occupied in one of the population brackets outlined below, and 2) be intended for a limited market local to the entrant's town or province. Work that was seen by a national audience is not eligible to enter and should be entered into the Photography, Illustration, Design or Advertising programs instead.
- Population Less than 100,000
- Population Between 100,001 and 500,000
- Population Above 500,000*
*The work must be intended for regional markets only; i.e. a Toronto firm creating something for the Toronto market, or a Vancouver firm creating work not seen outside BC.
Your work will be judged within the context of your population grouping. You may not enter work into more than one population bracket. Note that when you fill out the entry form, you will be asked to select your population size once you have selected a category.
Can you give me an example? Work produced for a Canada 150 campaign seen only in Saskatoon would be eligible in the 100,001-500,000 population category. Work produced for a Canada 150 campaign that appeared across Canada is not eligible to enter the Community program and should be entered into Advertising instead.
What’s my population? Use Google, Wikipedia or your town’s official website to get an estimate on your town’s population. We trust that you will choose the most accurate category you can, and we reserve the right to move your work to a more fitting category if there is a discrepancy. While by no means exhaustive, here’s an example list of some population centres across Canada.
Can students enter? No. Students may enter the Student competition.
Do I need to get the rights of the subjects in my work? Although you do not need to send us a copy of release forms, we do suggest that you get them. If your work is chosen you will need to grant us the rights to reproduce the image or images for both our online and print publications, so you would most likely need to have these rights in place to protect yourself. Entrants that come back to us requesting we don’t run their winning work because they don’t have the rights will not be refunded for their entry.
Series (up to 3 images): $75
Entire Program or Campaign: $100
For the full list of Community categories, download our Applied Arts Awards Entry Kit.
Can I enter a piece in multiple categories? Yes. In your account on the My Entries home page, click “Copy” on any entry you have created. Or, after you’ve finished an entry, click “Submit in another category.” 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 apply 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 Winners Gallery for examples. If you still have questions regarding our categories or require assistance in selecting the appropriate category, contact email@example.com.
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 Entry 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 Young Blood category? Young Blood is a series of categories open only to entrants who have been out of school for a certain number of years or less (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 takes into account the level of professional experience. You will be required to specify the name of the Young Blood entrant to qualify.
Once you pay for your entries, credits are FINAL.You can work on your entries, save and log out if you are still collecting credit information. Only proceed with payment once your credits and descriptions are complete.
We will reproduce these credits in the magazine and in our online winners gallery alongside your winning image(s). Credits are reproduced in the order that you specify. Review your credits and their sort order carefully! Only the first 6 credits will appear in print, whereas all of your credits will appear online. A sample credit entry is in the entry form on the My Entries page.
After the time of payment, credits will not be changed so please carefully review titles, spellings and contact information.
Judges & Scoring
As of 2018, all Applied Arts Awards programs are judged online. We no longer accept hard copies for any competition.
Applied Arts contests are judged by panels of highly regarded industry professionals and experts in a rigorous process. Every entry is scored independently on creative merit, technical excellence and suitability for end use. Discussion is not permitted and judges must abstain from voting for their own work. Entries that meet our pre-determined cut-off score are published.
Principal & Creative Director
ON THE CHASE! Motion Design, Oshawa, ON
Julian is the designer behind the award-winning motion studio ON THE CHASE!, collaborating with clients from Shoppers Drug Mart to Ubisoft. He’s an avid speaker and a past VP on the RGD Board. Julian is a graduate of York/Sheridan Design, a world traveller and, most recently, a proud and terrified father.
President & Creative Director
Hatch Creative, Peterborough, ON
Logan is a designer, creative director, illustrator and teacher based in Peterborough, Ontario. He is the creative driving force and founder of Hatch Creative, a design and branding studio. He has extensive experience creating engaging designs and immersive brands, working with a vast collection of clients ranging from grassroots start-ups to multinational organizations. His work has been recognized internationally and awarded by LogoLounge, Applied Arts and the Redgees.
Projektor Brand Image, Toronto, ON
John is principal of Projektor Brand Image. For over 25 years, he has developed brand and communications programs for range of North American organizations. Prior to founding Projektor, John held creative leadership positions at a number of Canada’s premier design consultancies including Identica, karacters design group and Ove Brand|Design.
Flipp Advertising, Calgary, AB
Leah Zukowski recently joined Flipp as Creative Director. Leah’s infectious enthusiasm informs her unique approach to every project. With over 20 years of agency experience, she tackles creative challenges with a keen artistic view and passion for pop culture. To remain sane, Leah enjoys doing all the -ings: cooking, fly fishing, snowboarding, knitting, camping, hiking, yoga-ing and sometimes drinking.
The Phoenix Group, Regina, SK
Laila was a #girlboss before it was a thing. She approaches every client with passion and patience for getting it just right. Her ability to see art in everything has led to multiple national and international awards. Laila is inspired by great people and great stories, and motivated by her unending love of advertising.
Partner & Chief Creative Officer
Arrivals & Departures, Halifax, NS
Highly respected by clients, creatives, strategists, developers and client services alike, Shawn is an agency partner and chief creative officer with 25 years of experience to back it up. He’s an Amazing Race Canada competitor who’s one part Jagger, one part Sam Crow—but all business. Shawn loves to debate, he loves ideas and he loves to keep things simple. He gets goosebumps when he sees great work—and optimistic when there’s more work to be done. Internationally recognized and nationally regarded, Shawn’s passion for creativity, common sense and drive continues to push his agency forward toward new and exciting horizons. Someone once said, “Common sense ain’t so common.” That’s because Shawn took it all. He’s a helluva guy that you want in your corner.
Perfect Day, St. John's, NL
John is creative director of Perfect Day in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He studied at NSCAD in Halifax, and advanced his career in the UK for eight years prior to moving home. Perfect Day is a small studio that is very active in the community, and proud to have a wide variety of clients from all types of industries.
Partner & Design Director
3 Advertising, Albuquerque, NM
Tim is partner and design director for 12-year-old 3 Advertising in New Mexico. He has worked on national and regional brands in virtually every category, and has been recognized by Communication Arts, The One Show, Type Directors Club, Applied Arts, Graphis, Print, HOW, Step Magazine, National Addys and Coupe Magazine, among others.
Co-Founder & Designer
Atelier Pastille Rose, Val-Morin, QC
With 17 years of professional experience in graphic design and communications, Tamzyn, co-founder and designer at Atelier Pastille Rose since 2003, has produced compelling award-winning designs for many of Montreal’s notable cultural and educational institutions. Tamzyn specializes in branding, printed matter, exhibition design and wayfinding. Her approach is sensitive, critically informed and involved in every stage of the design process. Tamzyn has been a part-time faculty member within the department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University since 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design Art from Concordia University, and a Master’s of Communication Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London UK. She has been the recipient of several awards and has been published both in Canada and internationally.
Creative Director & Partner
Kellett Communications, Whitehorse, YT
Allison is a leading professional in the North’s marketing and design industry. As creative director at Kellett Communications, she manages brands, directs creative teams and conceives engaging ideas that people respond to. Since 1998, she has produced work for a wide variety of clients from the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and now Yukon. She is CGD certified.
Preparing & Submitting Entry Material
WE NO LONGER ACCEPT HARD COPIES FOR ANY COMPETITION. DO NOT SEND ANY ENTRY MATERIAL TO THE APPLIED ARTS OFFICE OR IT WILL NOT BE JUDGED.
- File Format: JPG, PDF, GIF
- File Size: 5 MB maximum, with a maximum width of 1,024 pixels and height of 768 pixels
- Resolution: 72 dpi
- Colour Mode: RGB
Broadcast (TV, Radio, Digital Video, etc.)
Upload your piece to a video-hosting site such as YouTube or Vimeo, or a non-branded website, and provide the URL. Link must remain active throughout the judging period.
Interactive Web-Based Entries or Apps
Provide the URL in the File Upload section on your entry form. Link must remain active throughout the judging period.
NOTE: Entry material requirements specific to each category can be found in the Applied Arts Awards Entry Kit.
Entering is easy with the following four steps.
Step 1: Create an Account
Visit the My Entries page. Your account with My Entries will be used to manage, create, edit and pay for entries. Ensure you provide a telephone number and e-mail address that you access regularly should there be a question about your entry.
Step 2: The Entry Form
ALL entrants must complete an online entry form in My Entries, regardless of payment method, to be eligible for entry.
In My Entries, click “Submit a new entry in one of the awards.” Select the award program you want to enter, which will then allow you to review the information included in this entry kit. Then click "Enter Now." Move through the form and include all required fields. Use this entry kit to review categories and their individual material requirements before you choose from the category drop-down menu.
For series entries, only ONE form needs to be submitted per series. Write all the titles in the “Title” field, separated by a slash between each (ex. Title 1/Title 2/Title 3). If you are entering an image as both a Single and as part of a Series, a separate entry form must be created for the single and then for the series, with each entry each containing only the image(s) you want judged.
If your entry is hosted on a site and you choose "URL" as your Entry Format, a separate URL field will appear where you can add your entry website, YouTube or Vimeo video, etc. You may also specify technical requirements, such as recommended browsers, usernames or passwords, although this is not mandatory.
Step 3: File Upload
Once you have saved your entry, you will arrive at a "Thank You" page where you can upload files if you have chosen Digital Upload as your entry format—although you can return to do this later so long as the entry is not paid.
Review the material requirements in the Applied Arts Awards Entry Kit before you upload your files (.jpg, .gif or .pdf only). Any additional material requirements pertinent to the category you’re entering can be found in the category descriptions in the entry kit.
If you arrive at the "Thank You" page and have chosen URL as your entry format, or if you don’t want to upload files right away, you have the option to submit another entry into the same award or another award, or proceed to payment.
You also have the option to re-submit your previous entry to another category within the same award. This option will retain the information that you submitted, including credits and description, but you may still change any fields. You will be required to re-select the Entry Category. You will also be required to re-upload any files.
If you are selected as a winner, you will be notified by e-mail. Only then will we require high-resolution files of print work, stills, radio or video. We only accept low-res files on entry to the Applied Arts Awards.
Step 4: Review Your Credits & Entries
Review your credits before making final payment to be sure all information is accurate, or save and come back at a later date to add more entries, or to edit any existing unpaid entries.
All entries must be submitted with final credits andpaid before the posted deadline, or your entries may not be judged in the competition.
NOTE: We now require complete credits at the entry stage. This information will be used in both the magazine and in our Winners’ Gallery online if your entry is chosen as a winner. Credits will be reproduced in the order that you specify, so please be sure to review this information carefully. Only the first 6 credits will appear in print, with all credits appearing online, so the order matters. See the “Credits” section above for more information.
Entry Material FAQ
Can I submit a hard copy or disk? No. We accept digital entries only for all competitions. Entering is quick and easy, with entry, file upload and payment completed in a few simple steps.
The program crashed. Did I lose everything? No. In My Entries, you will have the opportunity to review your entries saved so far and submit additional entries. This will simply generate a new confirmation email when you complete your entries with payment.
The file I uploaded won’t show me a preview. You may not see the image preview if you haven’t followed the specs outlined above. Check your file and re-upload. If you continue to experience difficulties, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I uploaded the wrong file. You can resubmit images at any time. Click REMOVE beside the appropriate file and re-upload your image.
Why do I have to re-upload files if I have copied an entry? Each entry is assigned a unique entry number. In order to get the work judged, it must be separately attached to every entry submitted.
Can I direct the judges through my entry? If you have selected URL as your entry format, you may outline a path for the judges to follow that highlights the best elements of your entry. You may also include any necessary usernames and passwords.
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 email@example.com 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.
Can I submit more entries after paying? In My Entries, you will have the opportunity to submit additional entries even if yours have been paid. This will simply generate a new confirmation email when you complete your entries with payment.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 will be declined, even if you change your payment type. Close your browser and log back in to My Entries. You should now be able to proceed with payment. If you continue to experience difficulties, contact email@example.com.
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 make sure you submit your entry and come back to it if it’s not final before proceeding to the payment fields.
All entrants will be notified in July 2018 via email. At that time, those selected as winning entrants will be required to submit high-res digital files for reproduction in the Community annual. Winners’ certificates will be mailed separately, after the Community annual is published.
What do winners receive?
- Their work published in print in the Fall 2018 issue
- A complimentary copy of the Fall 2018 issue
- 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.
If I win, what image will you use for reproduction? When you are notified that you are a winner, full details will be provided on how to submit images for reproduction.
What rights do I retain if my work is chosen? You retain all rights of your images. If selected, you will need to grant us the rights to reproduce the image or images for both our online and print publications.
My client has revoked the right for me to enter work I’ve won for. We do not issue refunds in these cases, but please contact the awards coordinator 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applied Arts reserves the right to amend these rules throughout the competition, and to publish or exhibit entries in print or electronic formats, for use in the magazine or related promotions. Applied Arts assumes all entries are original and the property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. Entries are non-refundable; costs cover administration, processing and the judging of the entry. Applied Arts requires entrants to provide full and final credits at the point of entry. A submission of entry acknowledges acceptance of these rules. All descriptions and credits are subject to be edited for length, clarity and grammar in accordance with the Applied Arts editorial style guide.