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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 Student 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 international and open to post-secondary and high school students. Only digital entries are accepted for this competition.

High school students may only apply to the high school categories. The rest of the categories are for post-secondary students.

You may submit any work completed either as a school requirement or independently (personal work) during the course of your studies, during any year of your schooling, as long as you have not submitted the work to the Student Awards before.

If you graduated post-secondary school within the last year, you may submit work completed during your studies to the 2018 Student Awards, as long as you have not submitted the work to the Student Awards before.

NOTE: Provide a phone number and email address that you access regularly outside of school. All winners will be notified at the end of the regular school year and it is crucial that you are available to provide the images we need for print. Final description and credits must also be provided at the entry stage.

Eligibility FAQ

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. Note that student work is often exempt from copyright rules.

I'm a high school student. Can I enter? There are a limited number of categories available for high school students in the Student Awards. The rest of the categories are open only to post-secondary students attending college, university or other type of art school.

Entry Fees

Advertising, Design, Photography, Illustration
Single: $30
Series: $40
Campaign: $45

Single: $40
Campaign: $45
High School
Single/Series: $20


For the full list of Student categories, download our Applied Arts Awards Entry 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 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
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 up to six 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.


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.

Jenny Vivar
Creative Director
Community Agency, Toronto, ON
Alumni of George Brown College School of Design

Jenny is creative director of design at Community Agency, and her work spans across branding, experiential, environmental, retail, packaging, digital and illustration design. Her approach to crafting insightful work has propelled businesses forward and formed emotional connections with consumers. She has a deliberately simple approach to design—a constant process of reduction in order to uncover the truest and most honest visual expression of a brand while aligning it with business objectives. Jenny has worked with influential global brands in the fashion, real estate, hospitality, beverage, CPG and retail sectors for clients such as Holt Renfrew, Red Bull, Perrier and Glossier. At Community, she has helped to launch and transform brands in the real estate, lifestyle and hospitality sectors such as Maker Pizza, Four Seasons Global, Grey Goose, Ink Entertainment and Freed Developments, to name a few.

Antonia Goga
Senior Designer
TAXI, Toronto, ON
Alumni of Conestoga College

A national and international award-winning designer, Antonia is a cross-disciplinary creative who believes that ideation, clear communication, a true commitment to quality and a distinguished attention to detail are key elements in accomplishing impactful, long-lasting results. Her work has received over 70 accolades from some of the most prestigious organizations, and she is an active member of the design community, taking part in initiatives, portfolio reviews and in panels as a guest speaker.

Dave Rodgers
Director of Design
Central Station, Toronto, ON
Alumni of Durham College

Dave is a seasoned creative who has experience managing all sizes of creative teams. He has been the lead creative for some very well-known brands and has been responsible for the creative direction of award-winning marketing campaigns. He’s worked for many internationally known clients such as MolsonCoors, Bacardi, Campari, Nike, Hudson’s Bay Company, Maple Leafs Sports + Entertainment and the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club. Follow Dave at and Central Station at

Paul Hodgson
Creative Director & Partner
Trajectory, Toronto, ON
Alumni of OCAD University

A masterful storyteller with visuals and text, Paul’s design imprint has shaped the image of global brands as diverse as Four Seasons Hotels and Right to Play. As creative lead at Spencer Francey Peters, he earned design maven stature through his work for places like Raleigh, NC and cultural icons such as the Royal Ontario Museum. As a founder of Trajectory, Paul’s creative range has stretched even further to include groundbreaking design assignments for Scotiabank, the University of Victoria, the AGO, the McMichael Art Gallery, Canada’s National Youth Orchestra, Toronto Hydro and the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. His passion for print is evident in the over 100 book designs he’s generated. Among these are cover designs for Life of Pi, The English Patient and Barney’s Version, as well as series designs for Alice Munro, Robertson Davies and Timothy Findley. Trained at Lancaster and Hornsey Colleges of Art in England, Paul completed his education at OCAD University, where he now teaches.

Daniel Robitaille
Art Director
Paprika, Montreal, QC
Alumni of École de design - Université du Québec à Montréal

Daniel works as an art director to ally identity, graphic design and space design at the eminent design studio Paprika. Daniel strongly believes in Paprika’s philosophy that every designer has to set their sights on satisfying client needs from the broadest possible perspective, working to standards that continually raise the bar in our industry. He has worked on a number of multidisciplinary projects for clients that have allowed him to explore and push the limits of graphic design in every dimension. Being part of the ADC Young Guns community, Daniel has won more than 100 national and international awards in prestigious competitions such as The One Show, Communication Arts, Cannes Lions, Graphex, Coupe, AIGA, Graphis, Applied Arts, Grafika, the Type Directors Club and the Art Directors Club.

Grace Cho
Designer & Art Director
Cossette, Vancouver, BC
Alumni of Simon Fraser University

Grace is an art director and designer at Cossette Vancouver. Her work has been recognized by Communication Arts, Applied Arts, Marketing Awards, the Shorty Awards, Luerzer's Archive, and, to her surprise, Animal Planet's "Funniest Animal Commercials" special. When not art directing and designing for Cossette clients such as McDonald's Canada, Sephora and the Vancouver Art Gallery, Grace loves to create whimsical illustrations. You can see her drawings at

Martin Aveyard
Associate Creative Director
Trapeze Communications, Victoria, BC
Alumni of MacEwan University

Martin has been a designer and art director for over 20 years, focused on branding, advertising and website design with some illustration and animation. At Trapeze, Martin brings brands to life through work for clients such as the University of Victoria, Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children and Ocean Networks Canada. In his spare time, he rides his bicycle and builds kitchens, bikes and cars.

Elizabeth Schowalter
Art Director & Creative Team Lead
Berlin Communications, Edmonton, AB
Alumni of University of Alberta

Elizabeth has worked at Berlin Communications since it was a brand-new agency and she was a brand-new designer. Now she leads the creative team and art directs on client work. A graduate of the University of Alberta, Elizabeth is a thoughtful designer, an inspiring team leader and strategic critical thinker. She is an active member of the Graphic Designers of Canada and the Advertising Club of Edmonton.

Tanya Duffy
Founder & Creative Director
The Details Design, Fredericton, NB
Alumni of Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Tanya is the founder and creative director of The Details, a New Brunswick–based agency specializing in creative strategy and design. Before launching her studio she worked on large-scale national advertising and design projects for Air Canada, Bell and Natrel. Her work has been recognized by Applied Arts and Infopresse’s Grafika Awards, and has been featured in several industry publications.

Vicky Li
Senior Designer
Hero Digital, San Francisco, CA
Alumni of OCAD University

Vicky is a function-first designer with a strong belief in championing the impact of design on everyday life. She has almost a decade of experience in the design field at firms such as Wunderman, Critical Mass and Olson, working on accounts such as Apple, Chapters-Indigo, Xbox and the NHL. Presently, she's a senior designer for Hero Digital, which combines strategy, design, engineering and analytics into multi-channel customer experiences for brands—from the beginning of the customer’s journey to post-purchase support.

Justine Anweiler
Senior Book Designer
Pan Macmillan Publishers, London, UK
Alumni of ACAD

Justine is a senior designer with a special focus on books and their packaging. She was born and bred in Calgary, but now lives and works in London, UK. She has spent the better part of her design career working as a cover designer at Pan Macmillan, where her job is to visually depict an author's voice into a package that reaches the right readership. With a love of acidic colours, and a need to engage as many senses as possible through design, Justine approaches every brief with the tantalizing question: what can she get away with?

Karl-Frédéric Anctil
Co-President & Founder
Featuring Agency (Formerly known as Écorce), Montreal, QC
Alumni of École de design - Université du Québec à Montréal

As the founder of Featuring, Karl-Frédéric is the embodiment of the agency, guiding all of its creative activities for the past 13 years. With 18 years of experience, Karl-Frédéric has developed his expertise in branding and digital while working for clients like Frank & Oak, the MURAL Festival, Cirque du Soleil, Le Devoir, Igloofest and Stingray Music. As a well-known designer in the industry, he has received several prizes and awards both nationally and internationally for his creative work. His talents have also earned him the title of Registered Graphic Designer (DGA in French) and a seat on the jury of the Grafika contest, which recognizes the best graphic design work in Quebec.

Preparing & Submitting Entry Material


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

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 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.

If you are a teacher submitting on behalf of your students for the Student competition, see the FAQ below.

Payment FAQ

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 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

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.

How do students enter and pay? Students can enter on their own, or teachers may submit on their behalf. Once payment is processed, an invoice is issued.

If you are a teacher with a large volume of student entries to submit and would like to organize payment through your school, you can contact for a School Group Code. Each student must complete an online entry form (including final credits and a description, which will be used in the event that the entry wins) and upload the corresponding images as part of this process. Then select School Code under Payment Method to finalize the entries. Once all students have submitted their entries, contact us with your School Group Code so that we can process your payment for the group.


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 Student annual. Winners’ certificates will be mailed separately, after the Student annual is published.

Winners FAQ

What do winners receive?

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.


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


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.