Applied Arts Magazine Accepting Entries for Design Awards

From now until March 15, Applied Arts Magazine is encouraging designers around the world to enter  their 2013 Design Awards competition. The awards program is open to all professional work completed or published between February 2012 and March 2013. (Entries submitted in last year’s competition aren’t eligible.) The maximum entry size is 22 x 26 inches.

Winners and their winning work will receive extensive media exposure:

  • In the July/August Design Awards issue of Applied Arts magazine (which many of the magazine’s 46,000 readers keep as a reference).
  • On the Design Winners gallery, which attracts more than 300,000 visitors annually.
  • In the Applied Arts Awards Archive, which features 10+ years of winning work.
  • At the Winners’ Exhibit in Toronto, where AACE Winners will be announced.

Plus, all winners will receive a suitable-for-framing Applied Arts Winners Certificate.


Some of the work that can be entered includes:

  • annual reports
  • brochures
  • calendars
  • logos
  • posters
  • logos
  • environmental graphics
  • posters
  • promotional announcements
  • promotional apparel
  • print magazines
  • digital magazines
  • newspapers
  • journals
  • in-house publications
  • book covers
  • packaging
  • broadcast graphics
  • typography
  • typeface design
  • motion graphics
  • identity graphics

A complete list of categories and submission guidelines can be found on the page: Applied Arts Design Magazine Awards.

Each entry is judged by an independent panel of highly regarded industry professionals based on creative merit, technical excellence and suitability for end use.

Applied Arts is Canada’s premier magazine of visual communications. Since 1986, the publication has delivered gorgeous imagery, strong opinion, timely information and essential industry insight to a readership of creative and marketing professionals.


Applied Arts Magazine Design Awards


Enter Applied Arts Magazine’s Photography and Illustration Awards Competition

AppliedArtsUntil January 11, 2013, the visual-communications magazine Applied Arts is accepting entries for their 2013 Photography & Illustration Awards. Now in its twenty-third year, the contest is open to creative professionals and enthusiasts from any country. All forms of commissioned, published, unpublished and personal photography or illustration work created between January 2012 and January 2013 can be submitted.

The contest will be judged by panels of highly regarded industry professionals and experts in a rigorous process developed over our two decades of awards experience. Every entry is scored independently by each judge, based on creative merit, technical excellence and suitability for end use.

Winners receive valuable exposure to potential clients who commission original art. If you win, your work will be showcased in the magazine, displayed at an exhibition, and preserved in a database that makes it easy for potential clients to discover current and past winners.

AppliedArtsCoverSince 1986, Applied Arts magazine has been delivering gorgeous imagery, timely information, and industry insight to creative and marketing professionals. You can view past issues and the archives of previous winners on the Applied Arts website.


Applied Arts Photography and Illustration Awards

Entry Requirements: Applied Arts 2013 Photography and Illustration Awards

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Competition Site Helps Employers Find Talented Creatives

DESIGNERS. is a digital design and photography competition site that was formed to help give creative businesses easy access to talent that has been “battle tested” through public and peer evaluation.

Veteran Los Angeles Graphic Designer/Art Director Matt Ansoorian established as a community for illustrators, graphic designers, and photographers with marketable skills to showcase their work.

The work posted on the competition site is not only voted upon by a general audience of site visitors, but also by other photographers, designers, and illustrations.

At the end of the each quarter, announces the top vote-getters in the three categories (photography, graphic design, and illustration). The top 12 winning entries receive cash and other prizes. For example, the three first-place winners of the current contest will each receive a Wacom Intuous 5 tablet (medium size) valued at $349.

“We believe the voting reveals popularity and salability of individual pieces of art.  Non-members, primarily retail businesses, can see what art can and will sell and how that art translates into a larger market,” Ansoorian said. According to Ansoorian, some artists represented on have been commissioned to work on high-profile projects.

As a creative, you can develop connections with other creative pros while making your work visible to business people visiting the site in search of talent.

You can set up a personal profile page with bio, portfolio, and linkable URL address. In the site’s “Crit Room,” you can post work that is still in progress, and request constructive feedback and problem-solving advice from your peers.