Featured Competition: Art Director’s Club (ADC) Awards Accepting 2012 Entries

The Art Directors Club is accepting entries for its 91st annual awards. Categories include Advertising, Architecture, Design, Education, General, Illustration, Interactive, Interviews, Photography, and Video.

Entry Fees: Vary. Click here for more information.

Art Directors Club 91st Annual Awards Call for EntryDeadlines:

January 27 Design, Motion, Photography & Illustration

February 3 Interactive

January 27 Student Awards (see below)

February 10 Advertising & Integrated

Professional Eligibility Guidelines
All entries must have been printed, published, aired, or broadcast live online for the first time between February 7, 2011 and February 6, 2012, in any country. Entries may be submitted by any company or individual involved in the creation or production of the work.

Awards: “The polished, heavyweight ADC Cube is an enduring symbol of creative leadership and innovation. Winners take their place in the industry’s revered archive of the best work ever produced in advertising, design, photography, illustration and interactive media. ADC’s Annual Awards have kept pace with the changing nature of visual communications since its inception in 1920. Strenuously and scrupulously judged, the not-for-profit ADC’s Annual Awards is one of the most venerable shows in the world.

ADC Cubes, awarded to Black, Gold, Silver and Bronze winners, are true symbols of creative achievement. They’re not easy to come by, either – our juries are among the most discriminating, so earning a Cube is a true accomplishment.

There is no limit to the number of winners in a category, nor is there a minimum required. For Advertising and Integrated medalists, complimentary Cubes will be presented to the primary Art Director and Copywriter. For Design, Motion and Interactive medalists, one Cube will be presented to the primary Art Director or Designer. In Photography and Illustration, Cubes will be awarded only to the Photographer or Illustrator. Additional Cubes may be purchased for clients and other contributing creatives.”

Note: A winning entry is not guaranteed in every category.

For more information, visit adcawards.org.

Art Directors Club Awards- Student Awards

“Student entries mirror professional categories and are judged by the best talents in the education/professional world. Winning an ADC Cube is a great way to show the world your vision and talent.”

Student Eligibility Requirements*:
2011 graduates and students currently enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in advertising, graphic design, photography, illustration, and new media are eligible for the competition, and are invited to submit published or unpublished work in any category. EXCEPT INTEGRATED*

Deadline: January 27, 2012

Entry Fees: $35.00 per entry.

Judging Standards and Awards
Student work will be judged separately but by the same criteria and juries as professional work. All student winners will be included in the Art Directors Annual 91. Higher award winners (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) will be included in the New York and traveling exhibitions and in related advertising and promotional materials.

For more information about the Art Directs Club Student Awards, visit adcawards.org/student.

If you can’t make time for the competition, check out this interesting interview with Arem Duplessis, design director of The NY Times Magazine, and Natalie Lam, executive creative director at advertising agency, McCann NY, who are serving as the ADC 91st annual design chair and interactive chair, respectively.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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