If your folio has cobwebs, your bank balance is a little low, or your CV is looking p-r-e-t-t-y empty, it’s time to enter some design competitions. Some have cash prizes, some have fame, all can go on your resume. We’ve collated the best from around the world for you to enter, enjoy!


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Puchi Award 2020 – Book Project Competition

La Casa Encendida and Fulgencio Pimentel are pleased to present the forth Puchi award and the international book project competition for 2020. The organizers are looking for one-of-a-kind book, or even a whole new kind of book – literary and graphic projects of any kind that stand out by virtue of their premise, literary and graphic quality, originality, unconventionality or mould-shattering conception. The aim of this award is to shine a spotlight on works of the highest quality and originality. The winner will receive a cash prize of 8,000 Euro and have his/her work published and distributed by Fulgencio Pimentel. A Special Jury Award, for the publication of an exceptional project, may be awarded as well.

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Creative Quarterly (CQ) 59th International Juried Competition

Creative Quarterly (CQ) magazine opens its 59th international juried competition and both professionals and students are invited to participate. CQ seeks for the best art, advertising, design, illustration and photography done in the past six months. Quarterly winners will be featured in print and CQ’s online gallery, receive a free publication and have a choice to receive a printed certificate. Honorable Mentions will be displayed online.

Jan 31, via


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AZ Awards 2020 – Architecture and Design Competition

AZURE Magazine announces the 10th edition of its AZ Awards, striving to once again recognize the most innovative, inspiring and exceptional work in the design and architecture community. Architects, landscape architects, product designers, interior designers, students and manufacturers from around the world are invited to register and prepare their submissions for 2020. The winners will be revealed at the AZ Awards Gala in June, 2020 in Toronto and published in the June 2020 issue of AZURE magazine.

Feb 18, via


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Applied Arts Design Awards 2020

Open to professionals internationally, Applied Arts Awards are Canada's largest multi-disciplinary competitions. Launched in 1992, the Applied Arts Awards are the only competition in Canada that recognize..

Feb 28, via


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Indigo Design Award 2020

Marly Group Limited is calling for submissions for the Indigo Design Award 2020 competition — open worldwide. Most design competitions will tell you that by joining them, you will become the best. The hosts of the Indigo Award competition say that when you join them, they become the best. They are the prism through which your vision, innovation, and prodigy shine through. They exist to encourage and promote your creativity. Whether you are a student, agency, freelancer or design enthusiast with a flair for the original and a desire to step outside the box, you are invited to submit your best works to the competition.

Feb 29, via


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7th International Reggae Poster Contest

The International Reggae Poster Contest announces its 7th annual call for entries for social communication reggae poster designs. The goal is simple: create a poster about Reggae Music - the rest is up..

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D&AD New Blood Awards 2020

New Blood Awards is open to advertising, design, digital and marketing students, recent graduates and young creatives worldwide. It's your opportunity to land a job in the creative industry. Get a head start while you're still at university or gain the exposure you need to kick start your creative career.

Mar 24, via


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Joseph Binder Award 2020

Joseph Binder Award 2020, the international graphic design and illustration competition has opened for entry to creatives from all over the world. Participation is open to all graphic designers, illustrators, advertising agencies and to design students, for projects in the fields of graphic design and illustration published or realized in 2018 and after. In each category, a Joseph Binder Award in gold, silver, and bronze will be awarded in the form of trophies. In addition, the jury may give away up to three merit awards in each of the graphic design and illustration categories.

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Ecuador Poster Bienal 2020 Competition

The Ecuador Poster Bienal (EPB) is calling for posters, for its 2020 competition and accepts designs from all parts of the world. Design students, graphic designers, architecture, artists, photographers and visual communicators in general can participate, regardless of age or nationality, with posters printed between January 2018 and June 2020. Gold, Silver, Bronze and commendations be awarded in each category.

May 01, via


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Pro Carton Young Designers Award 2020

The Pro Carton Young Designers Award, one of Europe’s leading student competitions for packaging design, is open for entries for 2020. The Award plays a pioneering role in promoting sustainability, as it is the only design competition focusing exclusively on cartonboard design. All winners, finalists and each of their lecturers will be invited to the Gala Awards dinner at the European Carton Makers Association (ECMA) Congress in September 2020 in Krakow, Poland where the European folding carton industry will meet for the networking event of the year.

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