2023 Call for Entries
16/01/23
In 2023, RGD presents $18,000 CAD in cash awards for student work in all areas of communication design.
 
Deadline for entries: May 12, 2023

Submit your entries here.

 

RGD will present 18 $1,000 Awards in recognition of design excellence from students in all areas of communication design selected by panels of senior industry professionals.

RGD is also proud to launch the new Student Trailblazer Awards. Together with our generous sponsors, we will celebrate and recognize the unique journeys and barriers many students face as they develop their design skills. An additional $5,000 has been allocated for these Awards.

 

PARTICIPATE IN RGD'S STUDENT AWARDS:

  • 18 Student Award-winners will receive $1,000 cash Awards, Awards Certificates, recognition across RGD communications channels and free RGD Memberships until the end of 2024
  • Approx. 5 Student Trailblazer Award-winners from under-represented and marginalized communities will each receive a $1,000 cash prize, recognition across RGD communications channels and free RGD Memberships until the end of 2026
  • Approx. 100 Students selected to receive Honourable Mention will receive Awards Certificates, recognition, exemption from the portfolio review required for Provisional RGD Membership
  • Every single entrant (everyone!) will receive constructive feedback on their work from one of more judges from our panel of 100+ senior industry professionals

 

SUBMISSION CRITERIA

  • Any work by an eligible Student may be submitted. Please review the descriptions of the Awards below to determine in what categories your project(s) best fit. (One project can be entered in multiple categories.)
  • Entrants are limited to no more than 1 entry in any one category except: the Awards for Accessible Design, Motion, Web Design, UX Design and Placemaking. In these categories, you may enter up to can 5 projects.


ELIGIBILITY

  • There is no entry fee if you are a Student RGD Member or Junior Affiliate Member of the RGD. Non-Members pay an entry fee of $30.
  • Students at the undergraduate level enrolled between September 2021 and August 2022 (students must have less than one year of professional work experience in design; students cannot be enrolled at a postgraduate level except for 4 specific categories: Accessibility, UX, Information Design and Motion.
  • Post-graduate students enrolled between September 2021 and August 2022 can enter the categories for Accessibility, UX, Information Design and Motion.
  • Students can be attending public and private institutions if listed as a designated learning institution by the Canadian Government or can be attending public institutions outside of Canada if the Student is a Canadian citizen.
     

HOW TO ENTER

(1) Go to our Judgify Awards Page.

(2) Click 'Submit an Entry' and create a New User account (note: an RGD Member login will not work. Create a new account to log in to Judgify).

(3) Submit entries through the online submission form.

(4) For each project you enter, define the intended audience (max. 50 words) and clearly articulate the strategic objectives of the project and how you achieved them (max 100 words).

(6) For each entry, submit no less than 1 and no more than 6 images of your project (1,000 pixels wide across is the recommended sizing).

(7) If you are submitting a website or motion graphic, ensure that a URL to the project or a movie file is uploaded.

 

QUESTIONS
Visit our FAQ page to see if we've addressed it already. If not, please email  if you have any questions.

 

SELECTION

Award-winning creative professionals from across Canada will select the winning work. RGD will notify winners by September. Feedback will be emailed to all entrants between September and December 2023. (Please ensure that the email you use to submit your entry will be active in the fall if you are graduating between April and December 2023.) 

 

AWARDS / CATEGORIES

52 Pick-up Award for Typography: any project that uses typography to achieve its goals.

Arnold Street Media Award for Logo Design: any project that is intended to represent and identify a company, product, service or organization and its essence graphically to be applied consistently across all visual materials representing that company, product, service or organization.

Artista First Year Award: open to any student who has just finished (as of the deadline) their first year in a 3- or 4-year graphic design program (any type of work may be entered)

Context Creative Award for Storytelling Design: any project that communicates and engages with a strong sense of narrative and purpose, combining words, images, graphics and your choice of media.

Domtar Award for Print Design: any project designed to be presented in the print medium. This might be a poster, a book, a magazine, an invitation or a printed promotional piece.

Entro Award for Placemaking Design: any project that helps build community through design interventions. This might be a poster for an event, a website for a tourist destination, a wayfinding system for a university or the design of a retail space.

Forge Media + Design Award for UX Designany project that applies UX design principles.

Gravity Inc Award for Social Good Design: any project that provides value to the community and/or helps to solve a local or global challenge. This could be a poster to promote a cause, a website for a non-profit organization or a design solution to a global challenge.

Haft2 Award for Colour: any project that uses colour to achieve its goals.

Intent Award for Accessible Design: any project that applies accessible design principles in the development of the design solution.

Modern Design Academy Award for Motion: any project designed to communicate complex data and content in a visually appealing way that is easier to understand and use.

q30 Award for Brand Design: any project that involves a visual set of associations representing a company, product, service or organization.

Pivot Award for Information Design: any project that involves the design of clear, concise and visually attractive materials that enhance how people read, understand and use complex and/or detailed information. 

SLD Award for Packaging Design: any project designed to enclose, protect and promote a series of products for sale. 

SLD Award for Retail Design: any project the design for a physical store or as well as a virtual store created in the digital environment.

The Garden Award for Strategic Design: any project that uses strategy to achieve its goals.

Works Design Award for Web Design: any website that  communicates a company or organization's mission, objectives, products and services.

Zulu Alpha Kilo Award for Advertising Design: any project created to promote a specific business, program, event or special offer. 

 

Certificate Sponsor: Pomegranate Letterpress

 
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