The Applied Arts Awards

Now, more than ever before, getting business is all about credibility – what work you've already done, and who's given it the nod. Applied Arts Awards have been a reliable source for showcasing the best of the best for 30 years. A nod from one of our juries – always different, always independent – gives you bragging rights, exposure, more confidence, and, above all, a portfolio showpiece.

We remain committed to celebrating the amazing published, unpublished, personal, and student work from the advertising, design, illustration, and photography spectrum. So show us – and the creative world – what you've poured your heart and soul into over the past year.

For eligibility or to enter, click on the competition of interest.

2023 Photography Awards
Launch: November 14, 2022
Deadline: February 3, 2023

2023 Illustration Awards
Launch: November 14, 2022
Deadline: February 3, 2023

2023 Design Awards
Launch: November 14, 2022
Deadline: March 10, 2023

2023 Student Awards
Launch: November 14, 2022
Deadline: May 5, 2023

2023 Advertising Awards
Launch: May 1, 2023
Deadline: September 1, 2023

Entering work to an Applied Arts Awards competition is easy thanks to a streamlined awards management system.

  • You can stop and restart at any time during the entry process.
  • All submissions are digital, with a simple upload process and clearly defined entry material requirements.
  • Easy to use Awards interface that allows entrants to enter multiple competitions.
  • Simple processes for entering creative credit roles – once creative credit roles are input; they can be reused for subsequent entries.
  • If you work with smaller, local clients, a small business or projects with a shoestring budget you may be eligible to compete with like-sized entrants in the Community categories.
  • If you are a recent graduate with a limited number of years in the industry you are eligible to enter the Young Blood categories to help you establish your creative talent with like-minded peers. Visit each Awards competition for eligibility.
  • If you are a current high school, post-secondary, graduate studies student, or an individual who graduated up to 1 year ago, our Student Awards competition is the best way to kickstart your creative career.

Juries of senior-level creative professionals review the submissions and judge entries based on creative merit, technical excellence and suitability for end use. Those that meet a pre-determined cut-off score are published in their corresponding awards Annual and online within the interactive Winners Gallery, equally and without prejudice.

Great work needs to be recognized.

What Winners receive:

  • Their work published in one the corresponding Awards Annuals
  • A complimentary copy of the Awards Annual their work appears in
  • Their work published online in our Winners Gallery and our social media channels.
  • A personalized, awards certificate for every winning entry signed by noted designer Georges Haroutiun, the founder and art director of Applied Arts
  • The opportunity to order a personalized, engraved awards trophy. The AACE cube original stopper showstopper piece.

You've created the work. Now it's your turn to get recognized