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LOCAL/NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL PORTFOLIO COMPETITIONS + SHOWCASES

JANUARY

ANDY Awards
Entry Fee: $10-$75
Deadline: January 8

The goal of the competition is to honor creativity in advertising throughout the world, recognize the contributions of individuals and companies who create the work and encourage raising the standards of craftsmanship in the industry.

Author W. Page Case Study Competition
Entry Fee: Free
Deadline: January 11

The Page Society, in alliance with the Institute for Public Relations, conducts an annual competition for the writing of original case studies by students enrolled in a school of business, communication or journalism and who are pursuing a degree that is focused on corporate communications and the practice of public relations.

The American Advertising Awards(formerly ADDYs)
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: January 31

The American Advertising Awards is one of the industry's largest creative competitions, attracting nearly 35,000 professional and student entries each year through local club competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in advertising.

Art Directors Club
Entry Fee: $25-$35
Deadline: January 31st

TheADC Annual Awards is the oldest continuously running industry award show in the world. These Awards celebrate the very best in advertising, digital media, graphic and publication design, packaging, motion, photography and illustration, all with a focus on craftsmanship, design and innovation.

Clio Awards
Entry Fee: $150-$200
Deadline: January 29 (late entries 1/30-3/18)

The Clio Awards is the premier international awards competition for the creative business. Founded in 1959 to celebrate creative excellence in advertising, the Clio Awards today honors the work and talent that pushes boundaries, permeates pop culture and establishes a new precedent around the globe.

MARCH

One Club: Young Ones Brief
Entry Fee: $45
Deadline: March 8

The Young Ones Brief competition tasks students with creating work for different types of clients for the chance to earn a One Show Pencil.

One Club: Young Ones ADC
Entry Fee: $45
Deadline: March 8

The ADC Annual Awards is the oldest continuously running industry award show in the world. These Awards celebrate the very best in advertising, design, illustration, photography, packaging, motion and digital media, all with a focus on craftsmanship and innovation.

One Club: Young Ones Portfolio
Entry Fee: $45
Deadline: March 8

The Young Ones Portfolio competition is a unique platform for students to showcase their body of work and have it be judged by industry leaders from over 10 different artistic disciplines. Students can select from different categories and submit 6-15 examples in that category. 

D&AD New Blood Awards
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: March 20

Since 1962, D&AD has been inspiring a community of creative thinkers by celebrating and stimulating the finest in design and advertising. The D&AD Professional Awards are recognized globally as the ultimate creative accolade, entered and attended by the best from around the world.

APRIL

IPR-PRIME Infographic Design Internship Competition
Entry Fee: Free
Deadline: April 1

The Institute for Public Relations staff and PRIME Research team will judge each infographic design based on content, creativity and visual appeal.

Effies Collegiate Competition 
Entry Fee: Free
Deadline: April 3

Each year, student teams compete to provide a solution to a marketing challenge presented by established organizations – their “clients”. Since the inaugural challenge in 2009, the competition has featured challenges from Subaru, IBM, V8, Pace, Target, U by Kotex, MINI, and HEINEKEN.

Hermes Creative Awards
Entry fee: $95 for each submission or $175 for each entry that is a campaign or plan
Deadline: April 14

The competition is set up with two hundred categories distributed under the headings: Print Media, Public Relations/Communications and Electronic/Social/Interactive Media. In addition to individual deliverables like advertising, publications, websites and videos, categories also include strategic campaigns and media placements.

Creativity Awards – Media & Interactive
Fees: $65-$95
Deadline: April 17 

Since 1970 Creativity International Design Awards has been in the business of awarding great graphic design from both well established and up-and-coming graphic designers. You don’t have to be a big name to win with Creativity – we make you a big name! The Media & Interactive Design Awards contains 5 divisions and 61 categories for entrants to choose from.

Entry Fee: $75
Deadline: August 25  

Mobius Awards is an international competition that recognizes outstanding advertising, design and creativity. For decades, we have had a front-row view as advertising and package design have changed and have been the first to see trends emerge, including new advertising platforms. 

CMYK 100 Top Creatives
Entry Fee: $15-$49
Deadline: Quarterly Competitions 

Welcome to the largest, most scholastically diverse "student" portfolio competition on the face of the planet. CMYK's top new creatives showcase is all about celebrating top projects in portfolio programs.
 
SEPTEMBER

Young Glory Awards – 8 challenges in 8 months. 
Entry Fee: $200 for membership to submit in any and/or all months
Deadline: a new brief is released each month with work due at the end of the month

The only worldwide creativity competition devoted to awarding creative consistency. It is also your chance to get work in front of a big industry name every month. Each month, from September to April, a different industry leader sets and judges his/her own monthly brief.

Creativity Awards – Print & Packaging
Fees: $65-$95
Deadline: September 13 

Since 1970 Creativity International Design Awards has been in the business of awarding great graphic design from both well established and up-and-coming graphic designers. You don’t have to be a big name to win with Creativity – we make you a big name! The Print & Packaging Design Awards contains 7 divisions and 117 categories for entrants to choose from. 

NOVEMBER

CCNY ZAHN Center Startup Competition
Fees: Free
Deadline: November 11

Is there a big problem in the world that you’re dying to solve? Have you always dreamed of being your own boss? Are you bursting with new ideas? Are you just curious about #startuplife? Looking for a good resume-builder? Then the Zahn Center’s Startup Competitions may be for you…