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2020 Design Awards

The competition is open to all forms of commissioned, published, unpublished and personal work from professionals and enthusiasts created between March 2019 and February 2020 (but not entries that have been submitted into last year's competition).

For newly-graduated professionals and/or Canadians working in smaller communities or smaller businesses there are the Young Blood and Community categories. Work entered in these categories considers the limited resources and/or experience.

Please download the 2020 Applied Arts Awards Call for Entry kit and Category kit for important information and tips on entering.

2020 Call for Entry Kit 2020 Design Awards Categories Kit



2020 Design Awards Jury

Great designers from all areas of expertise – branding, digital, editorial, packaging, corporate, environmental, retail – make up the jury for our Design Awards. Some from agencies, some with their own firms, some with decades of experience, some fairly young bloods, some from around the world … and all with internationally-award-winning work under their belts. The winning entries chosen by this jury are sure to be some of the best work of the year. Meet this year's jury.

Emma Barratt
Creative Director
Wolff Olins
London, UK

As creative director of Wolff Olins, and head of design for London, Emma's role is to make sure the team maintains creative excellence across all projects and to supercharge the work when she feels it needs pushing. She's helped leading companies like Alibaba, Google and Uber to bring their tech to the world. Emma is also a bit of a technology geek and has a background in motion, so she's always looking for opportunities to bridge the tech and branding worlds because she believes they go hand in hand and help evolve each other.

Richard Bélanger
Creative Director
Cossette
Montreal, QC

Richard brings a unique sense of style and unerring aesthetic design ethics to each project. For the last 20 years, he's been coming up with ideas that make a statement – both visually and communicatively – and encapsulate all the signature qualities of the brand identity. He has worked on a diverse array of accounts ranging from museums to startups, NGOs and large Canadian and international corporations, easily moving between the worlds of art and design, as well as business and branding. His work has garnered local and international industry recognition, including design's highest honours.

Sean Carter
Principal, Director of Design
Carter Hales Design Lab
Vancouver, BC

Kid graduates from a dumpster-fire design program. Good design shops laugh. Considers professional cycling, but design is easy and pays huge! Lives on Ichiban. Opens his own shop at 22. Co-founds Hangar 18 at 26. It takes off. So does he, 16 years later, to start Carter Hales Design Lab. Meantime, he creates The Pink Door Paper Company, an award-winning line of luxury stationery and spa products. His Uncle Lenny tells him you can't ride two horses with one ass, so he sells Pink Door to commit to Carter Hales, a brand-focused boutique with a global client base and exclusively senior-level talent among its team of 13. The One Show, Lürzer's Archive, Pentawards, ADCC, and Communication Arts all approve. So does Applied Arts, which gets its own mantel.

Don Chisholm
Co-Founder, Innovation Director
Dossier Creative
Vancouver, BC

Don Chisholm is the Co-Founder and Innovation Director of Dossier, a leading brand and innovation firm in Vancouver, Canada. Don started his career working with a team of multi-disciplinary designers and architects on Expo '86 pavilion experiences where he learned the art of storytelling. Following Expo, he founded Dossier and in the mid '90s, Dossier created the iconic Mike's Hard Lemonade – a new beverage category and a phenomenal market success from launch until present. Today Don is passionate about being a catalyst of transformation and leads Dossier's innovation and design venture practice, developing business models, products, brands and experiences for entrepreneurial-minded organizations.

Louis-Pierre Chouinard
Creative Director, Co-Founder
Deux Huit Huit
Montreal, QC

After studying both graphic design and advertising, and working in different design studios, an advertising agency, and at a magazine, Louis-Pierre found his niche and co-founded Deux Huit Huit along with designer Alex Leduc in 2009. Today, with a team of 30 people, Deux Huit Huit designs brands and websites that drive excitement, and win awards. Clients are diverse and include consumer products (Sago Mini and Maison Riviera), arts and culture (Museé des beaux-arts de Montréal and Les Grand Ballets Canadiens), sports (Major League Soccer team L'Impact de Montréal), and tech (Google), to name but a few. And, since September 2019, he is also teaching Typography at Université du Québec à Montréal's School of Design (UQAM).

Kirk Clyne
Chief Creative Officer
Art & Science
Toronto, ON

Kirk Clyne is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Art & Science, a digital experience design agency based in Toronto. With over 25 years of experience in digital media, a burgeoning art career, and time spent as a university instructor, he straddles the worlds of art, design and development. At Art & Science, Kirk leads his team in the creation of websites, brands, campaigns and experiential installations. He also programs and exhibits real-time, animated, generative artworks.

Ryan Crouchman
VP, Creative Director, Design
lg2
Toronto, ON

Ryan's work spans branding, print, editorial and interactive design. He has a Master's in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins, London, UK, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia in Montreal. He's held senior positions at some of Canada's most awarded design agencies, including Concrete and Leo Burnett. In 2018 he co-founded the design and branding department of lg2 Toronto, helping grow Canada's largest independent creative agency. Select clients include UNIQLO, Casper, Holt Renfrew, LCBO, Royal Ontario Museum, GE, Tangerine, Bell, L'Oréal, Target, TD, Bite Beauty, Bulk Barn, Azure Magazine, Art Directors Club (NY), McDonald's, Telus, Thompson Hotels, and Metrolinx. His work has been awarded by D&AD, the One Show, Cannes Lions, the ADCC, the Clios, LIAs, the New York Society of Publication Designers, the National Magazine Awards, the New York Type Directors Club, the ANDYs, Graphis, Communication Arts, Gestalten, Applied Arts, Marketing, the Chicago Athenaeum, and Grafika, among others.

Yasemin Emory
Partner & Creative Director
Whitman Emorson
Toronto, ON

Yasemin Emory is the co-founder of Whitman Emorson, a design studio in Toronto, where she directs the design team across all projects, from print to web, packaging to environmental design, and beyond. Before launching Whitman Emorson, Yasemin studied at Parsons School of Design in New York, and worked as an art director focused on magazines and cookbooks at Martha Stewart Omnimedia.

Alison Garnett
Creative Director & Founder
Field Trip & Co.
Toronto, ON

Alison is a Toronto-based creative director with over 20 years of global and national design, advertising and digital experience. Through the course of her award-winning career, Alison's work has spanned various industries including automotive, retail, consumer packaged goods, professional services, telecommunications and not-for-profit. A graduate of both Sheridan College (New Media) and OCAD U (Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting), Alison was previously a creative director at SapientRazorfish where she worked with top tier brands including Chrysler, Porter Airlines, Loblaws and Cadillac Fairview. Alison founded Field Trip & Co in 2017, a boutique creative studio specializing in design and marketing.

Annie Lachapelle
Art Director & Founder
Atelier Chinotto
Montreal, QC

The French word atelier describes a studio or workshop, and that's exactly what Chinotto is: a little factory, a lab known mainly for its work in publishing. For more than a decade, the studio has produced flawless communications of timeless elegance with a hint of roguishness. In this pod of artisans, projects are selected first and foremost with the heart, then fleshed out and inhabited by a spirit.

Kyosuke Nishida
Associate Creative Director
Bruce Mau Design
Toronto, ON

Kyosuke is an Associate Creative Director at Bruce Mau Design. Since joining the studio in 2012, he has worked on brand identities, communications, and digital executions for both commercial and non-profit organizations. Kyo's clients include ASICS, Design Society, Madison Wells Media, Hullmark, and Netflix. He holds a BFA in graphic design from Concordia University and a BLit in Theatre and Film from Waseda University in Japan.

Barry Quinn
Founder, Chief Creative Officer
Quake
Chicago, IL

After the success of co-founding Juniper Park and his most recent role as Chief Design Officer NA at DDB (Chicago), Barry decided to launch his own agency, Quake, to work with brands that need to change or find themselves in rapidly changing industries and need to plot a way forward. Quakes can cause destruction, but they also built the world's mountains. Quake favours work that breaks through and is unmistakable. Barry has worked on many great brands, including Miller Lite, Blue Moon, Eos, CIBC, Lululemon, Quaker, Tropicana, Lay's, SunChips, Virgin Mobile, Viva Transit, Kraft and Honda, among many others. His work has been recognized by Applied Arts, Cannes, The Effies, Communication Arts, The Warc Prize, Clios, LIAs, Marketing Magazine, the One Show, New York Festivals, and others. He sits on the advisory board for Rutgers University's Design Thinking program and the Humber College Graphic Design Advisory Committee.

Marie-Hélène Trottier
Co-Founder, Creative Director
Jump&Love
Montreal, QC

Definitely creative. Defiantly out-of-the-box. But also disciplined in her vision and creative process. For her, each project is a unique opportunity, a fresh adventure. Each powerful idea is targeted because every brand deserves its individuality. For Marie-Hélène, great ideas don't drop from the clouds. They're based on research and thought. Lots of thought. Passionate and impassioned, Marie-Hélène has the ability to distil creative fire into focused communications. Her work seduces and compels action by generating powerful emotional capital clients can always bank on. After years with top Montreal agencies like Bleublancrouge, Epoxy and Sid Lee, Marie-Hélène co-founded design agency Jump&Love. She is a leading light of Quebec design. Her passion of global trends led her to work on interdisciplinary projects including fashion, architecture, and interior design.

Kristina Valiunas
Senior Brand Designer
Amazon
Seattle, WA

Kristina Marija Valiunas is a Seattle-based design director independently crafting brands and campaigns as Born Hungry, and in-house at the internal agency defining Amazon's global brands. Hailing from Canada, she began her career at Toronto's Concrete Design, Sid Lee, and Leo Burnett, where she worked with clients such as Bulk Barn, Ikea, and Yellow Pages. Kristina's work has been recognized by Young Guns, the One Show, and Cannes Design. She has been featured in Communication Arts, Lürzer's Archive, and Type Directors Club. When not designing, Kristina can be found slow crawling through grocery stores. Unless, of course, it's leg day.

Man Wai Wong
Design Director
Leo Burnett
Toronto, ON

Man Wai graduated from York University, Toronto and Bauhaus University in Germany. At Leo Burnett Toronto for the past 8 years, she's risen the ranks from Designer to Design Director. Man Wai's design work spans branding, print, editorial, experiential, product and motion. She has worked on a diverse range of clients and businesses from low budget start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. Select clients include Amazon, LCBO, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Metrolinx, Bulk Barn, AAA, UNIQLO, Bell, and TD. She has been domestically and internationally award by D&AD, the One Show, the Clios, Graphis, Gestalten, the Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Marketing, Applied Arts, Communication Arts, Dieline, and Counter Print, among others.

Judging Process

All work is entered digitally and judged digitally. There are no hard copies. Therefore, please read our Helpful Tips, in the 2020 Entry Kit to ensure that you prepare your work to be viewed in the best possible way.

A separate jury of senior creatives is chosen for each competition and does not include anyone from Applied Arts staff. All Judges must be invited.

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 their 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 available resources taken into consideration.

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 in the Awards Annual and online Winners Gallery. If you feel your submission needs a description, you may include a short description with your assets (no more than 50 words or 10s for broadcast/video).


Deadlines

Opens: December 2019
Extended Deadline: March 6, 2020

We may be able to grant short extensions, but we cannot guarantee one. To avoid issues, make every effort to have your entry finalized by the posted deadline date.


Eligibility

The competition is international and open to all forms of commissioned, published, unpublished and personal work from professionals and enthusiasts created between March 2019 and February 2020 (but not entries that have been submitted into last year's competition). Only digital entries are accepted for this competition.

Young Blood
Professionals that have graduated within the last 5 years may apply to the Young Blood categories. For further details and eligibility refer to the Category Kit.

Community
For Canadian artists and studios working in smaller communities or with smaller businesses or budgets, to help them get the recognition they deserve without competing directly with big-budget projects and studios/agencies. For further details and eligibility refer to the category kit.

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

NOTE: Work submitted in one of the professional categories is not eligible to be entered into the Community categories, with the exception of Young Blood (i.e. you may not submit the same entry to both a Community and non-Community category, except for Young Blood).

Eligibility FAQ

Can students enter? No. Students may only submit work to the Student Competition. Go here for eligibility and deadlines for the 2020 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 to ensure it meets the eligibility requirements.


Entry Fees

Entry fees vary per sub-grouping and category. Please be sure to download the 2020 Design Awards Categories Kit for detailed pricing.

Design, Editorial Design, Packaging Design, Promotional Design, Typography, Typeface Design, Craft
Single: $85
Series (2-3 pieces): $110
Complete Single (1 multi-page or multi-unit single entry): $110
Complete Series (2-3 multi-page or multi-unit pieces): $160
Campaign (up to 9 pieces from an entire campaign): $160

Digital Design
Content - Single: $135
Website - Single: 135

Motion
Short (Less than 3 minutes) - Single: $135
Long (3 minutes or more) - Single: $150
Short/Long - Series (2-3 Short and/or long videos): $185

Young blood/community

Design, Editorial Design, Packaging Design, Promotional Design, Typography, Typeface Design, Craft
Single: $70
Series (2-3 pieces): $85
Complete Single (1 multi-page or multi-unit single entry): $85
Complete Series (2-3 multi-page or multi-unit pieces): $110
Campaign (up to 9 pieces from an entire campaign): $110

Young blood/community Digital Design
Content - Single: $85
Website - Single: $85

Young Blood/Community Motion
Short (Less than 3 minutes) - Single: $85
Long (3 minutes or more) - Single: $110
Short/Long - Series (2-3 Short and/or long videos): $135


Categories

For the full list of Design categories, download our Applied Arts Category Kit.

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. Or, after you've finished an entry, click "Submit in another category" and 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 submit to.

NOTE: Work submitted in one of the professional categories above is not eligible to be entered into the Community categories, with the exception of Young Blood (i.e. you may not submit the same entry to both a Community and non-Community category, except for Young Blood).

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 Winner's 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.

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. 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 or series.

What is a Complete Single/Complete Series: 'Complete' refers to a multiple-page entry, such as a book or a publication. More images are typically required to properly show it and judge it.

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 competitions). 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, local clients get the recognition they deserve without competing directly with big-budget projects and agencies/studios. In 2019, Community Awards categories were rolled into each of the four competitions (Photography, Illustration, Design and Advertising). Entries in these categories may not be entered in any other non-Community category with the exception of Young Blood categories.


Entry Material Requirements

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 for the Annual.

Acceptable formats:

Please also review the SUPPORTING MATERIALS section below.

Stills

Motion / Online Video / Broadcast Video

File Limitations

Single – One piece. Maximum of 1 file can be uploaded.
Series – 2-3 pieces from the same project. Maximum of 3 files may be uploaded.
Complete Single – 1 multi-page or multi-unit single entry (e.g. book, annual report, multiple pieces of an installation). Upload 1 file, with up to 9 pages.
Complete Series – 2-3 multi-page or multi-unit pieces (e.g. a series of books or magazines, multiple pieces of corporate stationery). Upload up to 3 files, with up to 9 pages per each book.
Campaign – Up to 9 pieces from an entire campaign. A maximum of 9 files can be uploaded.

NOTE: URLs with links to the work counts towards one file upload.

Supporting materials

An additional supporting file may be included and does not count towards the file limitations noted above. Please note these important requirements for certain entries:

French or other languages: For any important text, you must submit a translation to English with your entry files for judging purposes.

Case-studies: While we don't recommend case-studies (as outcomes are not a criteria for judges in scoring), they can be added for judging purposes only. If including case-study videos they should be limited to 45 seconds or less. REMINDER: You must include the actual creative to be judged in a separate file.

Explanatory notes for the judges: Although not recommended (except where noted within a category description), brief descriptions/explanations of up to 50 words may be added for clarity for the judges (or up to 10 seconds in the case of video/broadcast files).

Upload these materials to the Entry Supporting Materials sub-section of the ENTRY MATERIALS section (Step 4 of the entry form) as a multi-page PDF file.

Helpful Tips

Multiple-page PDFs are preferred over multiple, individual JPG files.

Use a multi-page PDF to ensure the judges can easily get the full picture, at a glance, on screen. We recommend entries be curated to the maximum number of images indicated for each category, except in the following instances: show inside pages, multiple views of 3D pieces and zoom in on small print or details. Also show work in the context of how it was seen by the audience.

Including English translations or descriptions for judges within your multi-page PDF makes it easier for judges.

Look at your entry on a smaller-screen desktop. A judge may be viewing it at that size, so take that into consideration and show zoom-ins on detail.

Entry Material FAQ

Can I submit a hard copy or disk? No. Only digitally-uploaded entries are accepted.

The program crashed. Did I lose everything? No - you will be 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 saved.

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 REQUIREMENTS. Check your file and re-upload. If you continue to experience difficulties, 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 'Remove' beside the appropriate file and re-upload your image. Note: Thumbnail images may not correctly display your new image. You may need to close your browser and log back into my entries for the changes to show.


Winners Details

On the online entry form the fields for the Winners Information, Description of Entry and Creative Credits are for publication use only and are not visible to the judges. Please review this information carefully – it will be published if your entry wins.

Winners' Information
The 'Winner' field is the primary company or individual you want to be credited on the project. In most cases, it is the company name, but could be an individual or individuals in the case of a photographer, illustrator, young blood, etc.

Description of Entry: The intention of the description is to provide an overall creative summary of the entry piece or project to be printed in the Annual. The description is limited to a maximum of 500 characters (including spaces).

Helpful Tips

Descriptions for the judges are not recommended, except where specifically noted. The judges do not see the typed Description of Entry – they are for publication in the Annual. If you feel strongly that judges need a description/explanation, it must be added into your image files or as a supporting file, but please limit it to 50 words or a max 10-second intro for video/broadcast.

Case-study videos are not recommended. Outcomes are not a criteria for judges in scoring. If you wish to include, upload them within the entry as a supporting file.

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 (i.e. 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).

IMPORTANT NOTE: A maximum of six credit roles will be published in the Annual, however, all creative credits you entered will appear in the online Winners Gallery.

REMINDER: The WINNERS' INFORMATION (including the Description of Entry) and CREATIVE CREDITS should be entered at the time of submission, as we only allow for a very short window of time to edit or add these once winners are notified.


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 you can edit your personal information, add, copy or edit entries and pay for entries.

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

NOTE: If you've entered the Applied Arts Awards within the last 3 years, 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 category and add your entry title.

Step 2: Entry Materials

Entry format: All entries are to be submitted digitally only. High-resolution, final files are to be submitted for judging. These files will also be used for publication. See ENTRY MATERIAL REQUIREMENTS section above for full details and helpful tips.

File Limitations

Single – One piece. Maximum of 1 file can be uploaded.
Series – 2-3 pieces from the same project. Maximum of 3 files may be uploaded.
Complete Single – 1 multi-page or multi-unit single entry (e.g. book, annual report, multiple pieces of an installation). Upload 1 file, with up to 9 pages.
Complete Series – 2-3 multi-page or multi-unit pieces (e.g. a series of books or magazines, multiple pieces of corporate stationery). Upload up to 3 files, with up to 9 pages per each book.
Campaign – Up to 9 pieces from an entire campaign. A maximum of 9 files can be uploaded.

*Multiple file formats accepted together in one entry. Note: a URL is considered one file.

Step 3: Winners' Information

Everything entered in this section is for publication only and is not visible to the judges. Please review it carefully. There will only be a short window of time to edit this information after the Winners have been notified.

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

Optional fields: Phone, email, web address and winning URL (to direct readers and visitors to view the winning work in its entirety - typically, for motion and video entries). If these are entered, they will be published beside your winning work.

NOTE: We recommend including the URL as we don't upload the MP3 & MP4 files directly for viewing in the Winners Gallery; they are only used for judging.

Description of entry: For the purpose of providing an overall creative summary of the project in the Annual. The description is limited to a maximum of 500 characters (includes spaces).

NOTE: Descriptions are for publication use only and are not shown to the judges. Explanatory notes you wish to share with the judges must be included with your uploaded files.

Step 4: Creative Credits

Credits are a summary of the individual or company that have worked on the project.

The first 6 credit roles you enter will be published in the Annual. Any/all additional credit roles will appear online in the Winners Gallery.

REMINDER: A credit can be designated with an individual's name or an organization. A credit role is a job function (i.e. Creative Director). 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). You only have to enter credits once. Credits automatically get saved to your account to be used for any competition. You can either select a saved credit for your entry or you can add a new credit. To change the order of the credits, change the number from the sort column and select 'Update Sort' when you are finished.

NOTE: It is recommended that credits be completed at the time of submission. Please review your credits preview carefully, particularly the credits to be the printed in the Annual. If your entry is selected to be published in the Annual there will be a very limited time period to edit or add to your credits.

Step 5: Certificate information

You 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 also be included on the certificate. You will have the opportunity to order additional certificates once winners have been notified.

A submitted entry is not final and entered in the competition until you pay for it. You may edit an entry at any time until it's been paid. Once payment has been processed, it is final.


Payment & Refunds

Entry fees vary. Check each Awards competition for entry fees. Only once you have paid for an entry is it considered final and officially entered and cannot be changed. You can 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 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.

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 format, entry title, 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

All entrants will be notified by mid-April 2020 via email. At that time, you will have a very short window of time to correct or finalize any creative credits and descriptions that you may or may not have completed when entering.

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

Winners FAQ

What do winners receive?

  • Your work published in print in the Summer 2020 issue
  • A complimentary copy of the Summer 2020 issue
  • Your work published online in our Winners Gallery
  • A personalized, awards certificate for every winning entry, signed by Georges Haroutiun, the founder and art director of Applied Arts.
  • The ability to share your winning entries in a digital tear sheet format directly from our online Winners Gallery

OPTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR WINNERS*

  • Order additional certificates for your creative team, client, etc. with an option to order a plaque-mounted certificate
  • Order additional copies of the Awards Annual at a discount price
  • Order a personalized, engraved award trophy. This attractive Lucite cube is 3.5x3.5x3.5" square inches.

*Additional fees apply

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 submitted.

What rights do I retain if my work is chosen? You retain all rights to your images. Upon entry, you will need to grant us the rights to reproduce the image or images for both our online gallery and print edition.

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.


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. All descriptions and credits are subject to editing for length, clarity and grammar in accordance with the Applied Arts editorial style guide. A submission of entry acknowledges acceptance of these rules.