Awards Dates & Timings

When are the AGDA Awards presented?

The AGDA Awards Ceremony is generally held in mid-late November.

When are the AGDA Awards open for entries?

The 2021 AGDA Awards are due to open the Call For Entry period in mid July, and run until late August.

Awards Entries

What can I do if I've submitted my entry into the wrong category?

If you have submitted your entry into the wrong category, please email [email protected] with the details of your entry including your name, member number, entry number, name of entry, category entered, and category you want it changed to.

Where do I submit photography?

Photography can be entered in the Craft category.

Where can I find more detail covering the award categories?

If you would like to know more about the specific categories, you can find the full descriptions for each category on the home page of the respective Award year.


I am having some difficulty getting the specifications for the paper stock and printer from my client. Is it considered bad form not to include these details?

It is an opportunity for designers to acknowledge the suppliers they use, particularly if they have a working relationship. If the job does win an award, the suppliers get some valuable recognition but having these details is not compulsory.

Awards Entry Fees

How much does it cost to enter the AGDA Design Awards in 2020?

We have reduced our entry fees by 15% for the 2020 Awards due to the impact of COVID-19.
We have also made it free to enter for all students.

Entry Fees for AGDA Design Awards 2020:

Earlybird Entry Fees
— Member $80 per entry
— Public $120 per entry

Slowpoke Entry Fees
— Member $90 per entry
— Public $140 per entry

Superslacker Entry Fees
— Member $140 per entry
— Public $180 per entry

Bulk Discount
5+ paid entries = 5% discount
10+ paid entries = 10% discount

Student Awards
Entries are free for all students in the 2020 awards.

How do I qualify for the AGDA Member Discounted Entry Price?

THE AGDA Member Entry Price is for members with a current subscription. You can join AGDA by going to https://www.agda.com.au/member/register/type

Please ensure that you, as the member submitting the work, have made an appropriate contribution to the work entered.

DO DINZ Members get discounted entry fees?

Yes all DINZ members can enter at the same price as AGDA members. Email [email protected] with you DINZ details to setup your account.

Awards Eligibility

From what time frame does work have to be created to be eligible?

Entries for a particular awards year are expected to have been published between 1st July of the previous year, and 30th June of the year that you're entering.

Can I enter if I'm outside of Australia?

Yes, we welcome entries from other countries.

In order to enter you will need to sign up for a free Design Curious Membership through https://www.agda.com.au/member/register/type

Can we enter the same project into the different categories?

Yes, we encourage it. This will enable your project to be judged and rewarded on different aspects of the project. For example in the case of a book you may want to enter it into the 'book category' and then again into the 'photography category' for the photographs inside it. The best thing to do if you are able is to send in two copies of the book in that case, (each with the individual entry number affixed to the front and back where appropriate), as we have separate teams of people handling different categories on different days, so you would not be able to use the same book for both. When submitting your 5 PNG images on the online site we would encourage you to have full images of the photographs for the photography category, and images that focus more on the book / layouts for the book category.

Can I enter work that has been created outside of the eligible entry window?

Yes, the dates a more of a guideline rather than strict. It’s to deter people from continually entering work, year on year. So as long as they’re only entered in the Awards in one year that is fine, and that they entry is still close enough to the dates to be relevant for design work created in that year.

Awards Entry Images

What are the Image Requirements?

High Resolution images at a proportion of 4:3 or 3:4.

  • Colour Space: RGB
  • Format: 24 bit PNG
  • Landscape: 3000px x 2250px
  • Portrait: 2250px x 3000px
  • Resolution: 72dpi
How many images can I submit for my entry?

Each submission can include up to 10 images.

Student entries can have up to 6 images.

I'm having trouble uploading my artwork. What should I do?

Make sure you have applied the AGDA image rules to your image and are submitting it in a correctly sized RGB PNG format. It could be that a large number of entrants are trying to upload at the same time or it may be that your internet connection is not very strong, this may be the case when using public wifi. Try connecting via a secure wifi connection or via an ethernet connection.

If you are still having trouble email [email protected].

Can we have more than one image or item displayed on a single PNG image?

The uploaded images can be made up of multiple images, for instance you could submit one that has 4 images displayed on it. Where possible, it is preferable to submit individual images for ease of use, particularly for a hero image, which will act as the website thumbnail.

Awards Physical Submissions

How do I enter books, catalogues, annual reports and brochures?

If you are wanting to submit a full publication along with your uploaded images, we suggest putting them in a plastic sleeve or envelope for protection and ensure that the assigned entry label accompanies the item.

What do the entry labels look like?

The entry labels are 12cm W x 1.5cm H (just a small horizontal strip), with a black text reference code. To download your entry labels go to the My Awards Entries tab and select your entry from the list. There will be a Print Label option at the bottom of this page.

Where do we affix the entry label to a physical entry?

You can affix the entry number to the side or the bottom of the package. In the case of wine, the label could be stuck on the bottom with the number poking out from the side, on poster the number should be stuck on the top left, or on an invite, brochure, stationary, etc you could use a paperclip to affix the label to the item.

Can we submit Posters as physical items?

Yes. Print your poster with the entry number label affixed to the top left, and also on the back of the poster and mail in a post tube (available from Australia Post). If entering several posters you can include them all in the same tube when posting.

What are the rules for physical entries?

We are limiting the number of physical items coming in. This is both for logistical reasons and also to limit our impact environmentally. We are still accepting physical packages if you wish to send them, but we are no longer having mounting boards for things such as logos and flat images that don't require it.

Digital & Motion entries are being judged on screen and all other entries we will be printing out the images you submit for the judges to view. The physical entries are really only applicable for things such as wine bottles, packages, books, if anything that has a special print (foil, emboss, etc) that you feel would greatly benefit from having a physical piece then you can send that in. The judges definitely will still be able to see, feel, touch the objects.

*Note that there will be no physical submissions for the 2020 AGDA Design Awards due to covid-19.

Can we submit mounting boards?

No board entries will be used or displayed. We print all the entry images at A3 size to make setting up easier on the volunteers and more consistent for judging.

Having different sized boards makes for inconsistent judging, for example having an A2 board next to an A4 board has the potential to sway the judges results despite the content of the work.

The amount of mounting board that has to be thrown out at the end of the Awards is also bad for the environment and the printed sheets can be recycled when they're no longer needed.

How late can my physical entry arrive and still be included in the judging?

You can find the Physical Entry Deadline with the other deadlines on the home page of the respective Award year. The date is generally the same as the Late Entry Deadline.


*Note that there will be no physical submissions for the 2020 AGDA Design Awards due to covid-19.

Is there any size restriction for the physical entries?

There are no restrictions. If you can get it posted to us, we will display the item for judging.

*Note that there will be no physical submissions for the 2020 AGDA Design Awards due to covid-19.

When printing labels to send physical samples is one label printed per entry?

Label each item. Different volunteers will be handling the entries over the weekend, so they may not all be familiar with the entire group of items in an entry.

Awards Jury

Can I suggest someone to be considered as a juror?

We're more than happy to hear suggestions for jurors and put their name up for consideration. If you have a suggestion email it to [email protected].

Who selects the Awards Jury?

There is an AGDA Awards Team who work on planning the dates & timing, the judging process, and selecting the jurors, with a focus to cover a broad range of designers, from experience, gender, location, and disciplines.

What is the difference between an Awards Juror and a Specialist Juror?

The Awards Jurors judge the categories that are judged in person and they may also be assigned some categories which are judged remotely based on their skill set, while Specialist Jurors only judge selected categories remotely.

Awards Ceremony

Do Finalists get free tickets to the Awards Ceremony?

The Awards Ceremony is a fully ticketed event, so anybody wishing to attend will need to purchase a ticket.

Are the Student Awards presented at the Awards Ceremony?

Yes, the Student Awards are presented as one of the categories on the night, and the Student Distinctions are revealed and presented to any recipient in attendance.

Is there a Student Price for the Awards Ceremony?

The Awards Ceremony is deemed as a Professional event. Students that are AGDA Members are entitled to the Member ticket price.

Awards Trophies

If I was awarded a trophy, but didn't attend the Awards Ceremony, how do I go about getting my trophy?

After the Awards Ceremony we will contact entrants who were awarded trophies and offer them the option to pay for packing and shipping fees in order to receive their trophies earlier, otherwise the trophies will be mailed out for free in the new year.

Which Award Levels are presented with a physical trophy?

The different Awards levels and the relevant trophies that are presented as part of that can be found in the Award Levels section.

Can I order extra copies of trophies for my client or other team members?

We allow the purchase of additional trophies, but these requests must come from the account holder that the entries were submitted under. If you would like to order additional trophies, please contact [email protected].

Who receives the trophy?

Either the person or the company listed as an entrant receives the trophy. Additional trophies can be purchased from AGDA after the awards. If the trophy is not collected at the Awards Ceremony, it will be mailed to the entrant.

Awards Judges' Choice

What is a Judges' Choice Award?

Each juror is permitted to select their own Judges' Choice. This is their own personal selection and is not impacted by any other juror.

Awards Emerging Designer

Awards Hall of Fame

Where can I find out more about the Hall of Fame?

Information about the AGDA Hall of Fame can be found in our general FAQ section, along with our Hall of Fame pages.

Awards Studio of the Year

Who has previously been awarded Studio of the Year?

Previous Studio of the Year recipients can be found on the Studio of the Year page.


What is awarded to the Studio of the Year?

Along with the specially engraved Pinnacle trophy and the accolades of the industry, the Studio of the Year Winner will receive the following benefits:

  • AGDA Memberships for studio staff (up to 15)
  • 5 x Golden Tickets for AGDA events in the following year
  • 5 x Free entries into the following year's awards
  • 5 x Tickets to the following year's awards ceremony
  • Opportunity for national speaker tour (live and/or streaming)
  • Opportunity for a studio interview (written and/or podcast)

Awards Results

Awards FAQs

Category — Craft

Can our studio submit illustration or photography that we have art directed?

Studios or individual designers can submit entries for specific craft work that they have art directed. It is rare for an illustrator or photographer to enter the work themselves into a design awards program. It would just be suggested to make sure to correctly credit the artist or photographer in the entry form.

Category — Design Effectiveness

Category — Design For Good

Category — Digital

How do we submit a web site entry?

Please supply the URL address in the website field of the entry form, along with the standard entry content (brief, solution, and still images which will be displayed in the final awards gallery website). Judges will view websites on both tablets and computers so please ensure that your entry is able to be viewed on these platforms, and provide the password if it is password protected.

How do I submit an App?

Please supply the URL address of the downloadable App on the entry form with your registration, along with the standard entry content (brief, solution, and still images which will be displayed in the final awards gallery website). If your app is an app that needs to be purchased please either provide us with a promo code to download it for free or 'Gift' it to us in the itunes store, using email address [email protected]

Category — Identity

Category — Motion

How do I submit a video?

Upload your video on your own server, your website, or a third party website, and then simply supply the URL address in the media field of the entry form, along with the standard entry content (brief, solution, and still images which will be displayed in the final awards gallery website). Judges will view the motion entries on both tablets and computers so please ensure that your entry is able to be viewed on these platforms, and provide the password if it is password protected.

Category — Packaging

How do I submit the wine labels I have designed?

Photograph the bottles and submit your images online as you would do for any other category.

If you feel like the bottle would do better if judged in person, we suggest the following for submitting a wine bottle physical entry.

House the labelled bottles in the polystyrene containers sold through Australia Post and send by mail or courier, affix the entry number to the bottom of the bottle so it can be sorted for judging. Mark the package FRAGILE for mailing.

For Special Editions & Promotional Packaging what does ADGA define as a short run?

There’s no set figure for a short run. In an example of wine, if it’s one that is only being produced and packaged that one time (no re-runs or doing it annually) and that it’s quantity is significantly less to the quantity produced for a regular item.

Category — Print

Category — Publications

Category — Spatial

Student Awards

Can I enter the Student Awards even though I am no longer studying?

The Student Awards are for current students, and recent graduates, although the work entered should have been completed while the entrant was studying.