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2022 Design Awards

Call for entries

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The Best Design is Visible

The old adage that “the best design is invisible” may apply in some cases, but here at Applied Arts, we’ve spent the past 30 years making sure that your designs are as visible as possible. When you win an Applied Arts Design Award you are getting your work in front of more than 178,500 creative and marketing professionals from around the world. Moreover, you are presenting your work to be judged by industry veterans and hot commodities. Getting an accolade from them is more than a feather in your cap; it’s the whole bird.

So make yourself and your work known to the industry, show us your designs, and get the visibility only an Applied Arts Award can bring.

This is an international competition open to all forms of commissioned, published, unpublished, and personal Design work, including these and many more categories:

  • Design: Brand Identity Brochures, Cause Related Design, Data Visualization, Environmental Design, Experiential/Event, Pro Bono, Public Service.
  • Editorial Design: Books or publications.
  • Packaging Design: Beverages, Consumer Products, Retail applications.
  • Promotional Design: Point-of-Sale messaging, Premium/Gift Item, Promotional collateral.
  • Typography Design: Applications for Corporate, Digital, Editorial, Packaging.
  • Entire Design Programs: Corporate Identity, Entire Design, Guerrilla Marketing.
  • Craft, Young Blood, Community … and more.

Be sure to review the Call for Entry kit and 2022 Categories kit for important information and tips on entering.

2022 Call for Entry Kit 2022 Design Awards Categories Kit



2022 Design Awards Jury

There is no one more critical of the work of designers than designers themselves. Every year, we invite a new jury – from across Canada and beyond – to uphold our benchmark of excellence for the best design work in corporate, editorial, packaging, promotional, typography, digital, and more. Collectively, they have been awarded by every prestigious show you can name. Separately, they have unique backgrounds and levels of experience, lending both fresh perspectives and seasoned eyes to the mix. Together, they will choose the winners of our 2022 Design Awards. Here is this year's jury:

Steffen Christiansen
Executive Creative Director
Jam3
Toronto, ON

Born and raised in Denmark, based in Toronto, Steffen is executive creative director at Jam3—formerly Ueno & Hello Monday. He specializes in digital products and experiences, as well as interactive branding across all platforms. Driven by his passion and eagerness to discover and push the limits of design and technology, he believes in engaging the audience through strong emotion, a glint in the eye and a well-crafted solution that inspires and moves the observer. The first step in this approach is always a clear and clever concept that adds depth and personality to the project, or, simply put: Great work should always be well made, have that human touch, and, hopefully, make you smile.

Philippe Cossette
Associate Creative Director
Sid Lee
Montreal, QC

Philippe is an associate creative director, designer, outdoor enthusiast, and disillusioned Arsenal fan. Trained in graphic and industrial design, he has worked in the U.K. and Canada for clients such as Apple, Adidas, FIFA, Molson, Sony, Samsung, Cirque du Soleil, and Unity. His work has been recognized at award shows like ADCC, Ideas, Marketing Awards, Applied Arts, Communications Arts, and twice as McDonald's employee of the month. When he's not working, you can find him in his old faithful Knoll Pollock chair tying some flies for his next fishing adventure or designing sports jerseys for his not-so-successful soccer team.

Tanya Duffy
Creative Director, Principal
The Details Design
Fredericton, NB

Tanya is a creative director and designer specializing in branding, art direction, print and web design. Since launching The Details in 2014, she's made a significant impact locally in New Brunswick, leading projects for Opportunities NB, Economic and Social Inclusion, Hotspot Parking, The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and the Fredericton International Airport, among others. Tanya is a graduate of Emily Carr's Communication Design program and the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.

Neha Hattangdi
Associate Creative Director
Astro Studios
San Francisco, CA

Neha spent her career at fashion magazines, design studios and ad agencies building global brands. With over 12 years of experience, her goal is to help strengthen brands and give them authenticity and clarity through design. Over the years, Neha has produced award-winning work with a wide array of clients such as Pepsi, Xfinity, Frito Lay, Texture (now a part of Apple), Western Digital, and AIGA to name a few. During the day, Neha is Associate Creative Director at AstroStudios, San Francisco and during nights and weekends, Neha runs her own type foundry, BlackBlackLetter, which she started in 2019. She enjoys crafting typefaces while sipping on tea in her free time.

Adnan Huseinovic
Associate Design Director
DDB Canada
Edmonton, AB

Adnan is the associate design director at DDB Canada. Since his start in 2011, he's had one mission, to create jealousy-inducing design for an advertising company. And in that short amount of time, he's been honoured with recognition from Graphis, Communication Arts, Applied Arts, Marketing Awards, ADCC, One Show, Cannes Lions Design, and, most notably, moving the agency to the forefront of design and into Strategy's Design Agency of the Year (Bronze) in 2019. One of his most recent rebrands for Southern Alberta's Art Gallery (SAAG) Art Frenzy art auction, was also featured on the cover of the 2020 Applied Arts Design Annual

David Kessous
Vp, Executive Creative Director, Branding And Design
Lg2
Montreal, QC

David leads, without question, one of the country's most prolific design teams, which has been newly awarded a silver medal by the Strategy AOY competition in the Design Agency of the Year category (2021) and recently named Design Studio of the Year by the Advertising & Design Club of Canada. The team, under David's guidance, takes each project to heart and deploys every last drop of its talent to showcase the attributes and aspects that define a brand's uniqueness and set it apart from the competition. As VP and creative director, design, David's passion for his profession is as strong as ever. His most recent work includes the brand platforms for Air Canada Vacations and Simplex Equipment Rental, the brand identity and packaging for Stefano Faita's line of grocery products, as well as Dragonfly, a shipping company based in Australia.

Dan Koh
Partner, Head Of Creative
Agenda
New York, NY

From Seoul via Seattle, Dan flew to NY with a dream and landed an internship with an art director who would later become his business partner when they started Agenda in 2000. Good work and good fortune quickly followed, resulting in winning awards, accolades, and more work! From household brand names like Samsung, La Prairie, Mastercard, Spectrum, and most recently, BlackRock. But the biggest reward for Dan comes when he can witness growth in his colleagues; when their "awesome" is made obvious. He believes this is also the essence of good design. Dan lives in River Vale NJ with four girls: one wife, two teenagers and April the Cairn terrier.

Minal Nairi
Designer And Educator
École Intuit.Lab
Mumbai, India

Minal is a designer and educator based in Bombay, India. Her clients range from start-ups and larger businesses to non-profit organisations and individuals, where she works on designs that are unique to their values. She has apprenticed under and works closely with the acclaimed typographer, Tony DiSpigna. She also teaches at Ecole Intuit.Lab, Mumbai, UCLA Extension (online) and has conducted lettering workshops locally and internationally. Minal is a partner in the online lifestyle brand, Alfalfa New York. She has a Master's degree in Communication Design from Pratt Institute in New York.

Noël Nanton
Creative Director
typotherapy
Toronto, ON

Noël is the founder and creative director/designer of typotherapy. A self described, "type junkie," Noël produces captivating and effective design solutions, in print and digital, with a strong emphasis on typography, attention to detail, conceptual thinking and innovative production. With his brand-focused boutique studio, Noël has worked with a distinguished list of clients on many projects from such diverse sectors as architecture, arts and entertainment, culinary, culture, education, fashion, financial services, government, health and medical, not-for-profit, and retail. Throughout the years, Noël has lectured on inspiration, participated as a judge for design awards, and showcased his graphic design and typographic work at numerous exhibitions. Inspired by his Caribbean roots, Noël is also an accomplished music producer and DJ, with over 30 releases including his full-length album, and a number one hit in Brazil.

Mike Nugent
Design Director
BBDO Canada
Toronto, ON

Mike has been deeply rooted at BBDO for 15 years. His growth to design director is a measure of his dedication to craft, his commitment to culture and his ping-pong skills. Mike thinks good design is a successful delivery of intention. For any medium and purpose. He's honoured to have contributed to the meaningful intentions of brands that have funded local communities, educated on the environment and empowered youth around the world. These are also the campaigns that received the most recognition globally; ranking Mike the top designer in Canada for the last two years on Strategy's Creative Report Card. Design is more than a job to Mike. It is a lifestyle. A way of thinking. It is the reason why Mike wears the same thing every day and can't go into someone's house without straightening their picture frames.

Sheldon Rennie
Creative Director
Rethink
Vancouver, BC

Sheldon is a creative director at Rethink. For the past decade and a half, he has worked on advertising, digital and design projects for a variety of clients across multiple industries including QSR, finance, tech, government, tourism, and insurance. His work has been recognized by Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, Communication Arts, ADCC and the Epica Awards. But most importantly, his work has been talked about by Joy Behar. He also likes peanut butter, the Internet, and has a really lazy dog.

Maxime Rheault
Co-Founder And Creative Director
Criterium
Quebec City, QC

Maxime is a creative director, graphic designer and educator currently based in Quebec City. His practice is at the intersection of many disciplines, from creating visual identities to conceptualizing artist's books. Typography is a central element of his graphic work, which is characterized by a strong conceptual approach. Co-founder of the design studio CRITERIUM in 2012, he also leads an exhibition space that presents the work of established and emerging artists. He has received much national and international recognition and his work has been presented in Quebec, Montreal, Gatineau, Toronto, Berlin, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Ocean Ronald
Creative Director
Jackman Reinvents
Toronto, ON

Ocean holds a Bachelor of Design from York University and Sheridan College. She started in packaging design, but has spent the last 20 years working in every possible area of design, which has brought her to reinventing the full retail experience as a Creative Director at Jackman. Outside of work, she has the absolute joy of being a mom to her ten-year-old son.

Sophie Rubin
Co-Founder And Art Director
WePlayDesign
Lausanne, Switzerland

Sophie is a Swiss designer, art director and educator. She is the co-founder of the creative design studio WePlayDesign. From art direction to type design, visual identity to motion design, interactive design to generative design, WePlayDesign's work covers all areas of creativity. The studio has a keen interest in the creative process and its design approach is playful and highly visual. The studio is focused on works that promote experimentation and encourages innovative projects that extend to the entire range of its design capabilities. WePlayDesign's work is regularly awarded and has been exhibited in Switzerland and abroad, notably in several international poster competitions in China, Russia, Bolivia, USA, Korea, Japan, and many more.

Shingo Shimizu
Graphic Designer And Illustrator
Vancouver, BC

Shingo is a Montreal-born, Toronto-bred, and Vancouver-based designer who was exposed to drawing at an early age through his father's graphic design work. A graduate of OCAD's Communication and Design program, he spent many years as a successful designer, before deciding to pursue his passion: illustration. His vector-based style echoes visual cues derived from pop art to manga to his latest obsessions. Shimizu has produced creative solutions for numerous clients including: Coca-Cola, Air Canada, Toyota, Exclaim! Magazine, and the LCBO. His work has been recognized by Applied Arts magazine, The Advertising and Design Club of Canada and American Illustration. His current creative output is a mix of not only illustration, but also graphic design and art director duties on Exclaim! Magazine. When not working he enjoys running, climbing, and eating pastries.

Stephanie Yung
Head Of Design
Zulu Alpha Kilo
Toronto, ON

Stephanie is a self-confessed design nerd who believes great design can solve real business problems and human needs. As the executive creative director of design at Zulu Alpha Kilo, she is focused on creating human-centred design solutions and meaningful impact for clients including Whirlpool, Harry Rosen, Consonant Skincare, and Bell. Previously, Stephanie spent over a decade at Smart Design New York. Stephanie's work has been featured in top industry publications and recognized by award shows like The One Show, Cannes Lions, Communication Arts, the UX Awards, AIGA and the Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards. She's a sought-after speaker, who's taken part in conferences at Yale, Adobe 99u, and Microsoft, covering topics like inclusive design, behaviour change and designing for women. During downtime, Stephanie enjoys watching music documentaries and loves spending quality time with her young daughter—which usually involves paint and lots of clean up.

Judging Process

All work is entered digitally and judged digitally. There are no hard copies. Therefore, please read our RECOMMENDED BEST PRACTICES, in the 2022 Categories Kit to see how you can help our judges.

The judges are divided into groups, with each viewing a different and random group of entries. Each judge reviews and scores entries separately. Judges do not confer or discuss the work and there is only one round of judging.

Entries are given one total score, based on three criteria only:

  1. Creative merit
  2. Technical excellence
  3. Suitability for end use in the category into which it is entered

NOTE: Young Blood and Community entries are judged with the level of experience and/or available resources taken into consideration.


Eligibility

Open internationally to all forms of commissioned, published, unpublished and personal work from professionals and enthusiasts created between March 2021 and March 2022 (but not entries that have been submitted into last year's competition). Only digital entries are accepted for this competition.

Young Blood
For professionals that have graduated within the last 5 years.

Community
Exclusively for Canadian artists and firms working in smaller communities or with smaller businesses or budgets, to help them get the recognition they deserve.

To be eligible to enter Community categories, you must be Canadian and meet one of the following criteria:

Students
There is a stand-alone awards competition for students studying in a creative arts program at the post-secondary or high school level. Work from any year of study is eligible and may be entered up to one year after graduation. Students are only eligible to enter the Student Awards competition. Visit Student Awards for eligibility and deadlines.


Categories & Entry Fees

Entry fees vary per sub-grouping and category. Please be sure to download the 2022 Design Awards Categories Kit for detailed pricing.

ENTIRE DESIGN PROGRAMS - $125
Complete Brand Identity
Complete Rebrand Identity Program
Entire Design Program
Entire Packaging Design Program
Entire Promotional Design Program
Guerrilla Marketing Program
Pro Bono/PSA/Charity Design Program

DESIGN – SINGLE: $65/SERIES: $85*
Annual Report
Brochure/Catalogues
Cause Related Creative Response – NEW
Data Visualization – NEW
Environmental Design (Signage, Complete Environment, Experiential/Event)
Brand Identity (Logo design, Rebranded Logo and Applications)
Poster
Pro Bono/Public Service/Charity
Unpublished/Personal

EDITORIAL DESIGN – SINGLE: $65/SERIES: $85*
Book Design
Publication Design

PACKAGING DESIGN – SINGLE: $65/SERIES: $85*
Beverages (Alcohol and Alcohol-Free)
Consumer Products
Food
Promotional – NEW
Rebrand – NEW
Retail Applications
Sustainable – NEW

PROMOTIONAL DESIGN – SINGLE: $65/SERIES: $85
Artist/Design Firm Promotions
Point-of-Sale Messaging
Premium/Gift Item
Promotional Collateral
Promotional Messaging

TYPOGRAPHY – SINGLE: $85/SERIES: $125*
Corporate Application
Digital Application
Environmental/Experiential Application
Motion Application
Packaging Application
Promotional Application

TYPEFACE DESIGN – SINGLE: $65/SERIES: $85

CRAFT – SINGLE: $65/SERIES: $85
Calligraphy/Hand Lettering
Motion/Animation
Illustration
Photography
Printing/Bindery/Finishing

DIGITAL DESIGN – CONTENT/WEBSITE SINGLE: $100
Content
Apps (Desktop, Mobile/Tablet)
Augmented & Virtual Reality
Editorial – Digital Editions
Experimental/Innovative - NEW
Gaming
Social/Viral Promotional
Self-promotion

Website
Business-to-Business
Consumer Products
Consumer Services
Commerce
Educational/Reference
Entertainment, Art & Tourism
Public Service/Charity
Responsive Design
Self-Promotion

MOTION DESIGN – SINGLE: $100/SERIES: $150*
Educational and explanatory, social media, event or online graphics

YOUNG BLOOD AND COMMUNITY - SINGLE: $50/ SERIES: $65/CAMPAIGN: $85

*Rates vary by sub-grouping and categories. Refer to the 2022 Design Categories kit for details.


Entry Material Guidelines

All entries are submitted digitally only. Hi-res, final files are to be submitted for judging. These files will be used for publication, if selected as a winner.

Main Entry Files

REQUIRED
Your Main Entry File(s) must clearly show the creative to be judged entry (ideally with no additional graphics) in hi-res format.

PERMITTED

*Exceptions are noted in specific categories.

IMPORTANT NOTE RE MULTI-PAGE PDFS: Use a PDF with multiple pages to incorporate any additional images while still adhering to the maximum number of files allowed. For example, the PDF could have several pages that show the image/ illustration in final context, inside pages from a book or multiple views of 3D entries such as packaging, etc. but it only counts as 1 file. This allows you more opportunities to show your work, without going over the file limit.

NOT PERMITTED
Case studies are not permitted as your Main Entry File. See below for more info.

Support Files

Support Files are mainly for clarity to assist the judges. They are not for publication (except where noted) and do not count towards the file limitations noted above. Upload these to the "Entry Supporting Materials" sub-section of ENTRY MATERIALS on the entry form.

Please note these important required vs. optional Support Files for certain entries:

REQUIRED
~ English translations for French (other language) entries:  Include any important text (e.g. book titles, and headlines) either as a Support File or within a multi-page PDF as your Main Entry File.

PERMITTED
~ Case studies: While not recommended (as outcomes are not a criteria for judges in scoring), case studies can be added ONLY as a Support File and should be limited to max. 45 seconds. REMINDER: You must include the actual creative to be judged as your Main Entry File.
~ Explanatory notes for the judges: Although not recommended (except where noted in a category), brief descriptions/explanations of up to 50 words may be added for clarity (or up to 10 seconds for video files).

NOT PERMITTED
~ Entering URLs of the same creative as a Support File: Don’t submit a URL link if you’ve already submitted an MP4 as your Main Entry Material as a Support File. However, available links to non-static creative are requested in the Winners Information section for publishing in the online Winners Gallery.
~ Files submitted, be they Main Entry Files or Support Files (including URLs), should not identify the entrant (except for self-promotion work).

Acceptable File formats

STILLS

MOTION

URL

RECOMMENDED BEST PRACTICES

Entries are judged online. Here's how to help the judges:


How To Enter

The Entry Form consists of five steps. You will have the option to save your progress during each step of the process.

Create your "MY ENTRIES" Account.

This is your Applied Arts Awards account for all Awards competitions. Once logged in personal account information can be updated, a new entry can be started, copied from an existing one, or edited, and you can pay for all or some entries.

Bookmark https://www.appliedartsmag.com/myentries/ for easy access to your account later.

NOTE: If you've entered the Applied Arts Awards previously, please use the email address associated with your account.

All entrants must complete an online entry form in My Entries, regardless of payment method, to be eligible for entry.

Step 1: Entry Information

Select from one of the Awards competitions, choose a sub-group, category and your entry title.

Step 2: Entry Materials

Entry format: All entries are to be submitted digitally. See ENTRY MATERIAL GUIDELINES section above for detailed specifications and helpful tips.

Step 3: Winners' Information

This section is for publication only and is not visible to the judges. Please review the information carefully. There will only be 48 hours to edit this information after the Winners have been notified.

The "Winner" field is the primary company or individual you want to be credited on the piece (i.e. company name, photographer, illustrator, Young Blood, etc.).

NOTE: In the instance that a team (e.g. AD & writer) worked together (typically for the Young Blood or Student categories), enter only the first individual of the team as in the "Winner" field. The other team member(s) should be added in the CREATIVE CREDITS section. (See Step 4: CREATIVE CREDITS for further explanation on how to enter additional names so that they are properly credited as "Winners").

Optional fields: Phone, email, web address, social handles, and the URL to the winning entry (typically, for websites and motion entries). If these are entered, they will be published beside your winning work.

NOTE: We recommend including the URL as, due to file sizes, we don't upload the MP4 files directly for viewing in the Winners Gallery. They are only used for judging.

Description of Entry: For the purpose of providing a brief creative summary of the project to be published beside your winning entry. The description is limited to a maximum of 500 characters (includes spaces).

NOTE: The "Descriptions of Entry" are for publication use only and are not shown to the judges. If additional clarity is needed for the judges, a description/explanation, it may be added to either your Main Entry file(s) or as a Support File. Please limit it to 50 words or a max 10-second intro for motion.

Step 4: Creative Credits

Credits are a summary of the individuals or companies that have worked on the project.

A credit can be designated with an individual's name or an organization. A credit role is a job function (e.g. Creative Director, or Production House). Multiple names can be assigned to one credit role (i.e. if you have two Creative Directors, they are counted as only one credit role).

A maximum of 6 creative credit roles will be published in the Annual, however, any/all creative credits you entered will appear in the online Winners Gallery.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Step 5: Certificate information

Winners will receive one certificate for each winning entry. Complete the winning company/individual and/or client you wish to appear on the certificate. The entry title and the category the project won in will automatically be included on the certificate. You will have the opportunity to order additional certificates once winners have been notified.

Next: Finalizing Your Entry
After Step 5, the entry form is complete. Press the "Save" button to return to the "My Entries" dashboard to submit a new entry, copy an existing entry to a new category, or submit payment.

IMPORTANT: A submitted entry is not final and entered in the competition until it's paid for. Entries may be edited until paid for. Once payment has been processed, it is final and cannot be modified.


Payment & Refunds

Entry fees vary. Check the categories kit for each Awards competition for entry fees. Some or all of the entries can be paid for at any given time – just select which entries to pay. Once an entry is paid it is officially in the competition and cannot be modified.

Payments can be made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express (AmEx is for Canadian payments only at this time), or PayPal. US and international entry fees are payable in US funds.

NOTE: For US/International entrants, select PayPal as your Payment type, then click the "Pay with Credit Cards or VISA debit".

We only accept cheque or direct deposit in special circumstances. These cases must be pre-approved. Contact awards@appliedartsmag.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.


Winners

All entrants will be notified by mid-April 2022 via email. At that time, you will have only 48 hours to correct or finalize any creative credits and descriptions that may or may not have been completed when entering.

To ensure you don't miss the results notifications, add winners@appliedartsmag.com to your address book.

What Winners receive

ADD-ON OPPORTUNITIES FOR WINNERS*

  • Order additional certificates for your creative team, client, etc. with an option to order a plaque-mounted certificate.
  • Order a personalized, engraved AACE Awards Cube. This attractive and original Lucite cube is 3.5x3.5x3.5 square inches.

*Additional fees apply


Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility FAQ

Can students enter? No. Students may only enter the Student Competition. Go here for categories, eligibility and deadlines for the Student Awards competition.

Can I enter something I entered last year? Not in the same competition, but if it meets the eligibility period for a different competition, then yes.

Can I enter something in multiple Awards competitions? Yes. Each competition has different eligibility periods; please check each competition for eligibility requirements.

Judging FAQ

Will the judges see my descriptions during the judging? Judges do not see the creative descriptions you have entered. These are only for publishing beside your entry if chosen as a winner. If you feel judges need an explanatory note, you may include a brief description as a Support File (no more than 50 words or 10 seconds for broadcast/video).

Categories FAQ

Can I enter a piece in multiple categories? Yes. In your account on the My Entries home page, click "Copy" on any entry you've created. Be sure to change the discipline and/or entry category to the new one you want to submit 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 online winners Gallery for examples. If you still have questions regarding our categories or require assistance in selecting the appropriate category, contact awards@appliedartsmag.com.

NOTE: Applied Arts reserves the right to move an entry to another category if we feel it unsuitable or incorrectly categorized.

What is a single, series, and campaign? A single means one piece. Series means you are submitting more than one piece of the same project to a maximum of three. A campaign is up to 9 pieces. NOTE: Exceptions are noted in specific categories. 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 number of pieces.

What is the Young Blood category? Young Blood is a series of categories open only to entrants who have been out of school up to a certain number of years (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 also takes into account the level of professional experience. You will be required to specify the name of the Young Blood entrant to qualify.

What is the Community category? The Community Awards was our newest Awards program, launched in 2017, to help Canadian artists and studios working on smaller communities or with smaller budgets local clients get the recognition they deserve. In 2019, Community Awards categories were rolled into each of the four competitions (Design, Illustration, Design and Advertising) for added exposure.

Entry Material FAQ

At what specs do I need to submit my entry? Refer to ENTRY MATERIAL GUIDELINES section for specifications.

Can I submit a hard copy or disk? No. Only digital uploads are accepted.

The program crashed. Did I lose everything? No. You are saving your work as you go through each section of the entry form. If the program crashes as you are completing a certain section, it may not have been saved in that section.

The file I uploaded won't show me a preview. Why? You may not see the image preview if you haven't followed the specs outlined in ENTRY MATERIAL GUIDELINES. Check your file and re-upload. If you continue to experience difficulties, try clearing your browser history or contact awards@appliedartsmag.com.

I uploaded the wrong file. Can I change it? Yes. You can resubmit images at any time until payment is made. Click the "X" beside the appropriate file and re-upload your image.

NOTE: The thumbnail image may not correctly display your new image. If this happens close your browser and log back into "My Entries" for the changes to show. If you continue to experience difficulties, try clearing your browser history or contact awards@appliedartsmag.com.

Rights FAQ

Do I need to get the rights of the subjects or material used from external sources in my entry? It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure copyright is not infringed. Upon entry you must 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. Although you do not need to send us a copy of the release forms, we do suggest that you have them. Entrants who request we don't run their winning work because they don't have the rights will not be refunded for their entry. NOTE: Student work is often exempt from copyright rules.

What rights do I retain if my work is chosen? You retain all rights to your images.

My client has revoked the right for me to enter work I've won for. What do I do? We do not issue refunds in these cases, but please contact awards@appliedartsmag.com if you need the entry removed from the Winners' pool.

Payment FAQ

Can I submit more entries after paying? Yes. In My Entries, you will have the opportunity to submit additional entries even if others already entered have been paid. This will simply generate a new confirmation email when you complete your entries with payment.

I want to change something after I've paid. What do I do? Once an entry is paid, you cannot change the category, entry title, entry format, winners information, description of entry, or creative credits. A paid entry is final, so check it carefully before proceeding to the payment fields. If chosen as a winner, you will be given a small window of time to add or edit information.

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. What do I do? We do not issue refunds, but contact awards@appliedartsmag.com if you need the entry removed from the judging or winners' pool.

I'm getting error messages when I try to pay. What do I do? If you entered your payment information incorrectly on your first attempt, any subsequent attempts would be declined, even if you change your payment type. Close your browser and log back into My Entries. You should now be able to proceed with payment. If you continue to experience difficulties, contact awards@appliedartsmag.com.

Winners FAQ

If I win, what image will you use for reproduction? We will use the image(s) you submitted on entry. In the case of series, complete, campaign or motion, we select a sampling at our discretion from the images/files submitted.


Contact

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 awards@appliedartsmag.com.


Disclaimer

Applied Arts reserves the right to amend these rules throughout the competition. Applied Arts assumes all entries are original and the property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. Applied Arts reserves the rights to publish or exhibit entries for our print or electronic formats, or related promotions. Entries are non-refundable. Costs cover administration, processing, and the judging of the entry. Entries may be moved to a more suitable category, if Applied Arts deems the category chosen unsuitable. All descriptions and credits are subject to be edited for length, clarity and grammar in accordance with the Applied Arts editorial style guide. A submission of entry acknowledges acceptance of these rules.