If this is your first time entering this year, review below or download the Applied Arts Awards Entry Kit. Some rules have changed.
The extended deadline for Illustration is January 12, 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The contest is international and open to all forms of commissioned, published, unpublished and personal work from professionals and enthusiasts created between January 2017 and January 2018 (but not entries that have been submitted into last year’s competition). Only digital entries are accepted for this competition.
Can students enter? No. Students may enter the Student competition, which contains a number of illustration categories.
Do I need to get the rights of the subjects in my illustrations? 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. It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure copyright is not infringed. Note that student work is often exempt from copyright rules.
Illustration & Motion
Series (up to 5 images): $75
Series (up to 5 images): $65
For the full list of Illustration 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.
strong>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 five. 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 and series.
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. Check back soon for our list of confirmed judges.
Judges & Scoring FAQ
Luc Du Sault
Partner & VP Creative
In 2004, Luc co-founded the Quebec City office of lg2. Since then, he has racked up over 700 national and international awards, including Cannes, Clio, D&AD, London International Awards and the One Show. As one of Canada’s most awarded creatives, Luc has also sat on many juries including Cannes in film, One Show in film and the Clio Awards in print, and has co-chaired the Marketing Awards, the Extras, the Atomics and the Crea Awards.
Founding Partner & Design Director
Monique is design director and founding partner at WAX, one of Canada’s most award-winning creative agencies. Monique builds brands by telling their unique stories through simple, beautifully crafted design. Her work has been recognized at Cannes, ADC, the One Show, and Type Directors Club, and has earned a coveted Black Pencil at D&AD. Monique has been invited to judge many of these same award shows.
Esther is an award-winning illustrator and designer whose works span the areas of interactive design, branding and print. Since beginning her career in illustration, she has collaborated with renowned brands such as Adobe, Shell, Facebook, Esquire, Chanel, Volkswagen and Changi Airport Group.
Founding Partner & Chief Creative Officer
Concrete Design Communications
Diti is a founding partner of Concrete. As chief creative officer, she is best known for producing elegant and evocative work for the firm's clients in fashion, retail and luxury goods.
Co-Founder & Creative Director
Before co-founding the Ethos branding studio, Gabriel spent 13 years working in some of Montreal’s most prestigious design agencies. His multidisciplinary work has received national and international recognition, earning awards from Cannes, Communications Arts, Applied Arts, Grafika and the Ferdie Awards, to name a few. Convinced that design is a vector of social change, Gabriel ensures that all the brands he creates bear an ethical stamp.
Group Creative Director
Ogilvy & Mather
Julie loves big ideas, beautifully crafted. She has art directed everything from airlines to laxatives, and, at Ogilvy, brands like Dove and Huggies. Julie's work has been recognized by Cannes, D&AD, Communication Arts and more, but she prides herself most on the effectiveness of her work, having won numerous Effies and Cassies.
St. John’s, NL
Tom leads Target’s creative team from the shores of St. John’s to the beaches of Cannes. Under his watch, the agency has won a slew of national and international awards in categories as wide-ranging as airlines to tourism, education to beer. Despite his decades in the business, Tom retains his “kid havin’ fun” approach to creativity and the business of marketing things.
Photographer & Content Producer
Brian is one of North America’s go-to photographers capturing artists in the entertainment and music industry. Brian's work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, TORO Magazine, Variety Magazine, The Guardian UK, and many other global online and print publications. Brian has also worked on both sides of the stock content business, as an entertainment assignment photographer for Corbis, Associated Press, Shutterstock, REX Features, and as a regional sales manager for Canada at Corbis, Getty/Jupiterimages, Shutterstock, Stocksy, and most recently Pond5.com.
Michel Pilon Photo
Michel specializes in the production of editorial and advertising photography. He has seen his work published in Archive, Applied Arts and Communication Arts, and awarded by the Clios, the ADC, Création France and others. His catalogue contains four limited fine-art photograph series, produced in partnership with Cirque du Soleil and exhibited around the world. He has also spent most of the last decade teaching photography at Montreal’s Dawson and Marsan colleges.
VP Creative Director
DDB Canada – Edmonton
Eva is DDB Edmonton’s creative director and has been part of the team for 21 years after starting as a copywriter. Exceeding objectives for clients and the pursuit of industry recognition is her ongoing motivation. It should not be a surprise to learn that being a Virgo, Eva is a perfectionist. That perfectionism does not, however, extend to her penmanship, which can only be deciphered by pharmacists and her fellow creatives. A perfect day for her is a day spent with the Sunday edition of The New York Times.
New York, NY
Robert is the co-founder of Priest+Grace, a design firm in NYC. Previously, he was design director at Esquire, Newsweek, US, GQ, House & Garden, Condé Nast’s Portfolio magazine, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Even though he has worked on a vast array of subject matters, the one category that had eluded Robert was sports. Being a massive fan of soccer, he recently realized a lifelong ambition with the birth of Eight by Eight, where he is editor-in-chief.
Associate Creative Director
Scott is associate creative director at Cossette Vancouver. His extensive experience in digital and traditional media has resulted in award-winning integrated campaigns for both global and regional brands. His work has been recognized both nationally and internationally. When he's not conjuring up an ad, you'll find Scott enjoying the mountains, soaking up family life, or somewhere in the woods around his rural cabin in BC, getting lost (on purpose).
Lauren partners with cultural institutions to create a broad range of materials with a focus on publication design. She does more than simply move boxes around on a page—she is passionate about creating work that has longevity. She extends the life and expands the reach of a text, event or exhibition by creating highly tactile and tangible objects.
SVP, Head of Art & Creative Director
Leo Burnett Worldwide
Lisa is one of Canada’s leading advertising and design talents. She is a member of the leadership team at Leo Burnett Toronto and over the past several years has built a design team that is considered to be the best in Canada—the agency has been named the Design Agency of the Year in Canada four of the past five years. Lisa brings an unparalleled degree of creativity, passion and entrepreneurship to every project she is involved in and she is perennially ranked among the top five creative directors in Canada in the Strategy Creative Report Card. Her work is consistently recognized at the world’s most prestigious shows: Cannes, Clios, One Show, D&AD, London International and Communication Arts, among others.
Associate Creative Director
Upon graduation from Southampton Solent University in Southampton, England, Alex headed straight to London and worked at TangoZebra, followed by Google and then Kodu. While there, he worked for clients such as Nike, Gillette and Microsoft. In 2009, Alex’s dual citizenship allowed him to expand his horizons to Toronto, where he initially worked at Lowe Roche. Alex is now pleased to be a part of Rethink in their Toronto office, where he can let loose his imagination, fine-tune his design ideas and enjoy a Muskoka beer on a Friday afternoon.
Will my piece be evaluated on anything other than illustration? In this competition, the jury is only judging the images, not the design or art direction (entrants who want those areas looked at should enter them into the Design and Advertising disciplines of the Applied Arts Awards).
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 February 2018 via email. At that time, those selected as winning entrants will be required to submit high-res digital files for reproduction in the Photography & Illustration annual. Winners’ certificates will be mailed separately, after the Photography & Illustration annual is published.
What do winners receive?
- Their work published in print in the Spring 2018 issue
- A complimentary copy of the Spring 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 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.