Featured Digital Media, Graphic Design Competitions from The Dieline, The Addys and The Art Directors Club

Calling all digital media and graphic design college students! Read up on competitions for students and pros for 2013. Below are three featured contests: for packaging designers and enthusiasts, don’t miss The Dieline Awards (deadline March 15 for students), for advertising designers, check out the details for The Addy Awards (deadline January 25 for the Los Angeles chapter), and for interactive designers, and students, read up on The Art Directors Club Awards (deadline extended to January 18).

For more details on digital media and graphic design related contests, competitions and events, keep in touch with our events calendar.

The Dieline Package Design Awards 2013

Attention FIDM Graphic Design Students, enter your packaging design work in The Dieline Package Design Awards 2013. The deadline is March 15. Read details below:

Enter the Dieline Packaging Design Awards 2013 competition. Image courtesy of The Dieline.

Enter the Dieline Packaging Design Awards 2013 competition. Image courtesy of The Dieline.


The Dieline Package Design Awards is a worldwide competition devoted exclusively to the art of consumer package design. The Dieline Package Design Awards were launched in 2009 in order to bring more awareness to the importance of well-designed packaging.

The awards are judged by a highly esteemed panel of 10 industry experts from around the world, and awarded based on Creativity, Marketability, and Innovation. Debbie Millman, President Emeritus of AIGA and President of Design at Sterling Brands, serves as the chairwoman of the judges.

For the 2013 edition, 42 winners across 13 different categories will be awarded a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place Award, and the highest scoring project will receive a one-of-a-kind ‘Best of Show’ award, and a session at The Dieline Package Design Conference 2013 in San Francisco.

An ‘Editor’s Choice’ award will also be given out, handpicked by Andrew Gibbs, Founder of The Dieline.”


  • EARLY BIRD: $95 Jan 1st – Jan 31st
  • FULL REGISTRATION: $115 Feb 1st – Feb 28th
  • LATE REGISTRATION: $125 March 1st – March 15th
  • STUDENT REGISTRATION: $85 Jan 1st – March 15th


  1. Fresh Food
  2. Prepared Food
  3. Dairy, Spices, Oils, Sauces, and Condiments
  4. Confectionary, Snacks, & Desserts
  5. Non-Alcoholic Beverage
  6. Beer, Malt Beverages, & Tobacco
  7. Wine & Champagne
  8. Spirits
  9. Health & Beauty
  10. Personal Care & Clothing
  11. Home, Garden, & Pets
  12. Technology, Games & Toys, Media, & Self-Promotional
  13. Student
  14. Editor’s Choice Award
  15. Best Of Show Award


“By entering The Dieline Package Design Awards presented by Inwork you have the opportunity to be recognized globally for any winning entry. Winning entries will be featured in depth on TheDieline.com, and linked back to the winning designer or agency website. The Dieline is the most visited website on package design in the world.”

About The Dieline

“Established in 2007 by Andrew Gibbs, The Dieline is dedicated to the progress of the package design industry and its practitioners, students and enthusiasts. Its purpose is to define and promote the world’s best packaging design, and provide a place where the package design community can review, critique and stay informed of the latest industry trends and design projects being created in the field. From that point on, The Dieline has become the most visited website on package design in the world, with readership spanning millions across hundreds of countries.

2010 saw the debut of The Dieline’s first package design book titled, Box, Bottle, Bag, which quickly became the #1 selling and highest rated package design book on Amazon. Also launching that year were The Dieline Package Design Awards – a worldwide competition devoted exclusively to the art of brand packaging. Since then, The Dieline and F+W Media have formed a partnership to deliver two world-class conferences on package design – The Dieline Package Design Conference , and The Dieline Forum .

The Dieline, and everything we do, is for the benefit of our readers. Without their continued support and commitment, these ventures would be impossible.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT www.packagedesignawards.com.

FIDM Graphic Design Student Packaging

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Enter the 2013 ADDY Awards Competition

Enter the design student competition, the 2013 Addy Awards. Photo courtesy of www.ad2sf.org

Enter the design student competition, the 2013 Addy Awards. Photo courtesy of www.ad2sf.org

The AAF Student ADDY Awards Competition is a unique national awards program designed specially for college students. Work entered at your local level can move up to the regional and national judging, just like the work entered by professionals across the country.


Applicants must be enrolled full- or part-time in an accredited U.S. educational institution. Student interns are eligible to enter.

Submitted  work must have been developed specifically for this competition, or from previous projects or student contests (work must be created while the entrant is a student not employed in the advertising industry).


National winning entries may receive the following:

  • Finalist certificate—great for résumés and portfolios
  • Prestigious Student ADDY Award for first-place winners
  • $1,000 cash prize for National Best of Show winner
For more information, visit www.aaf.org.
See details for the various California chapters below:

AAF Los Angeles Chapter


  • Regular entries will be due no later than Friday, January 25, 2013 (See entry fees below).
  • Late entries will be accepted no later than Friday, February 8, 2013.



Professional single entries: $75.00 each (members), $100.00 each (non-members)
Professional campaign entries: $85.00 each (members), $110.00 each (non-members)
Student entries: $35.00 each

Late Entries: Add $10.00 per entry


After preparing your entries as stated in the Guidelines, deliver or ship them to:

Stacey Hauge Printing
28486 Westinghouse Place, #110
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Phone: 661-294-6545


Call for Entries: December 3, 2013
Entry Deadline:
 Friday, January 25, 2013
Late Entry Deadline:
 Friday, February 8, 2013
 9:00 am, Saturday, February 18, 2012
ADDY Awards Gala Banquet: 6:00 pm, Sunday, March 3, 2012. The Location is to be determined.

92nd Art Directors Club Awards

92nd ADC Awards call for entries. Image courtesy of the Art Directors Club.

92nd ADC Awards call for entries. Image courtesy of the Art Directors Club.

Whether you’re a graphic design or digital media professional or aspiring student, check out the Art Directors Club Awards competition, which is held annually and judges work in categories like Motion Graphics, Editorial Design, Photography and more. The deadlines for this year’s competition have nearly passed! Don’t hesitate to submit your Interactive and Advertising work this month. Read details below:


EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: December 31, 2012 – 10% off your entire order (Professional Entries Only)
DESIGN, MOTION, PHOTOGRAPHY, ILLUSTRATION: January 11, 2013 deadline extended to January 18, 2013
INTERACTIVE: January 18, 2013
ADVERTISING: January 25, 2013
STUDENT (All Categories): January 11, 2013 deadline extended to January 18, 2013


All entries must have been printed, published, aired, or broadcast live online for the first time between February 7, 2012 and February 4, 2013, in any country. Entries may be submitted by any company or individual involved in the creation or production of the work.

Students currently enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in advertising, graphic design, photography, illustration, and digital media are eligible to enter the competition, and are invited to submit published or unpublished work in any category, except Integrated.

Student work will be judged separately but by the same criteria and juries as professional work. Higher award winners (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) will be included in the New York and traveling exhibitions and in related advertising and promotional materials.



  • TV/Film
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Press Craft
  • Poster or Billboard
  • Collateral
  • Ambien/Environmental
  • Integrated
  • Editorial Design: Newspaper
  • Editorial Design: Magazine
  • Book Design
  • Corporate/Promotional Design
  • Poster Design
  • Package Design
  • Product Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Branding
  • Magazine Editorial
  • Newspaper Sory
  • Illustration General
  • Website
  • Social
  • Online Content
  • Physical
  • Mobile
  • Craft
  • Magazine Editorial
  • Newspaper Story
  • Photography General

Students who have worked on a project that does not necessarily fit one of the predetermined categories may enter the Student Thesis category by choosing the channel that most appropriately reflects their work.


You may also browse a more detailed description of categories here.

Read additional information about the 92nd Art Directors Club Awards here.

Questions/comments? Email the editor, Mani O’Brien at mo’brien@fidm.edu

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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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