Applied Arts introduces Community award program

The Applied Arts Awards program is an international recognition of creative excellence and in 2017 celebrates its 25th anniversary. Launched in 1992 by Applied Arts magazine founder Georges Haroutiun, the Applied Arts Awards are the only competition in Canada that not only recognizes the creative work of professionals across the visual communications sector, but also establishes the industry standard in the photography, illustration, design, advertising and interactive disciplines.


To mark this anniversary year, Applied Arts is pleased to launch a new visual identity for the awards (above) that nods to the magazine’s history in the industry and pulls all of its disciplines under the Applied Arts Awards umbrella brand.


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, equally and without prejudice. Past jury members have included Patrick Scissons of KBS, Claire Dawson of Underline Studio, Claude Auchu of lg2boutique, Cosmo Campbell of DDB Canada, Jordan Doucette of Edelman Toronto, Brian Morgan of The Walrus and Benoit Giguère of La Presse.


NEW FOR 2017

  • More time to enter! For the first time, the call for entry for all disciplines in the 2017 season launches on the same date: November 25, 2016.
  • New entry sites featuring simple navigation and the ability to enter multiple programs at once
  • Downloadable PDFs containing category information for each program
  • The debut of the Community program (see The Programs)
  • The Interactive Awards have merged into Design and Advertising (see below)


When Applied Arts launched the Interactive Awards in 2006, new media and digital applications were completely different from traditional advertising campaigns and design work. In a multidisciplinary 2017, that’s no longer the case. Agencies, studios and individuals now offer a wide array of services, and there are more integrated campaigns than purely digital ones. Digital is everywhere, and in everything. With that in mind, the Interactive Awards will no longer stand as a separate entity. Instead, Applied Arts has reassigned (and, in some cases, expanded) all of the former Interactive Awards categories into special sections within the Design and Advertising programs (Interactive Design and Interactive Advertising, respectively). 




Newly formed for 2017, the Applied Arts Awards Advisory Board consists of working industry professionals—the very people who enter their creative work into awards programs. Their feedback is invaluable in strengthening presence of the Applied Arts Awards as it enters its 25th year. The advisory board created the new visual identity for the Applied Arts Awards, which includes a CMYK-inspired triple-A logo that nods to the program’s history in the visual arts community. The advisory board is led by creative director Jack Latulippe. 




Community – New!

Deadline: December 22, 2016


Over the past 25 years, Applied Arts has received amazing work from across the country as part of the Applied Arts Awards programs. To recognize this, as well as mark Canada’s sesquicentennial, a new award annual will celebrates the creative work coming out of Canada’s local markets. 


In the Community program, work will be evaluated according to population grouping. While each entry is still scored individually, the judges will consider work within the context of the entrant’s market size:

  • Population Less than 100,000
  • Population Between 100,001 and 500,000
  • Population Above 500,000*

*This category is for those professionals or firms who service neighbourhood and local clients in larger cities. National campaigns for national or large corporate clients should be entered into the other professional awards programs in Photography, Illustration, Design or Advertising.


Open to all forms of commissioned, published, unpublished and personal work from professionals and enthusiasts created between January 2016 and January 2017. Winners will be published in the March 2017 issue.



Deadline: January 13, 2017


Open to commissioned and personal work created between February 2016 and February 2017. Winners will be published in the May 2017 issue. Photography categories include advertising, fashion, food, travel, photojournalism and more.



Deadline: January 13, 2017


Open to commissioned and personal work created between February 2016 and February 2017. Winners will be published in the May 2017 issue. Illustration categories include graphic novel, pro bono, advertising, editorial, portrait and more.



Deadline: March 10, 2017


Open to commissioned and personal work created between February 2016 and February 2017. Winners will be published in the July 2017 issue of Applied Arts. Categories include catalogues, annual reports, logo applications, editorial design, interactive design, environmental design, typography, packaging, printing and more.



Deadline: April 14, 2017


Open to commissioned and personal work created between February 2016 and February 2017. Winners will be published in the September 2017 issue of Applied Arts. Categories include advergaming, promotional videos, craft, branded content, radio, broadcast, interactive advertising, art direction, copywriting and more.



Deadline: May 12, 2017

Open to personal and school course work created by post-secondary students between February 2016 and February 2016. Winners will be published in the November 2017 issue of Applied Arts. Categories include packaging design, illustration, animation, advertising, and a limited number of categories specifically for high school students.





Winners receive their work published in print in one of five awards annuals, a complimentary copy of the award annual their work appears in, their work published online in the Winners’ Gallery and Awards Archive, digital tear sheets of their work, a personalized, embossed awards certificate for every winning entry signed by noted designer and Applied Arts founder Georges Haroutiun, and their work displayed at related Applied Arts events attended by our network of creative professionals.


Every Applied Arts Award winner is eligible to win the Applied Arts Creative Excellence (AACE) Award, our “best in show,” which goes to the highest-scoring entrant in each awards discipline. AACE winners receive a special engraved award, as well as additional coverage in-book.





Toronto-based Applied Arts is an integrated media company targeting Canada’s visual communications sector. Reaching more than 46,000 creative professionals, the Applied Arts portfolio includes a magazine, a weekly e-newsletter,, annual awards program, and the Creative Futures Expo. Applied Arts magazine is Canada’s leading visual communications magazine, serving creative professionals in graphic design, interactive design and advertising. Our overall strategy is to inspire our audience by showcasing Canada’s creative excellence and by providing essential industry insight.







For more information on the Applied Arts Awards, please contact:


Vicki Hoysa

Associate Publisher