ADAA 2017

06 March 2017
01 May 2017
Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Image from 2016 winning project by Marina Roos Guttman & Team (Maryland Institute College of Art)


Now in its 16th year of the competition ADAA is reoriented towards launching student careers!


Click here to enter now!

Adobe's career boot camps, Adobe Creative Residency Programme are part of the benefits and prizes of this year's competition. As with previous years, we will still be offering the Adobe ico-D Mentorship to all students who have entered the competition. This is an unique opportunity for students to work with a seasoned professional who can help with either fine tuning their skills, working on their portfolio or giving career advice.

The final judging takes place in Las Vegas, we hope to see you there!

Read about how to become a judge or submit your entry for 2017 ADAA:

Categories and Segments
There are 3 main segments:
Fine Art (for its own sake)
Commercial for a client (fictional or real)
Social Impact for a social or environmental cause

These 3 segments are subdivided into 14 sub categories:

Web and Application Design
Digital Publishing
Exhibition Design
Motion Graphics
Post-Production and Editing
Print Communications
Graphic Design
Game Design
These are assessed using the following Judging Criteria:
1. Project originality and creative excellence.

2. Effectiveness in meeting a communication objective.

3. Demonstrating skills in applying Adobe products towards these ends.

Benefits and Prizes
For ADAA 2017 the main prizes are trips to Adobe MAX in October. Other benefits include career bootcamps and nominations to the Adobe Creative Residency program!
For all entrants:

Career tips
For Semi-Finalists:
Career Bootcamps

Join the ADAA Community

ADAA Certificates and Certified Badges
For Finalists:
Adobe Creative Clouds
 Nominations to the Adobe Creative Residency Program
For Winners:
Paid travel to Las Vegas

Conference Passes for Adobe MAX 2017
Who can enter?
The awards are open worldwide to students 18 years or older enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education at time of entry. Contestants may submit up to three entries, per different category, for a maximum total of 42 possible entries per contestant.
Submitted projects must have been created not earlier than May 1, 2017.

The work must be created primarily (50% or more) with the Adobe tools designated in each category and be accompanied by original digital files in Adobe software if requested.
Individuals residing in the following countries, states, and territories are excluded: Brazil, Northern Ireland, the Province of Quebec, and the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
There is no entry fee.

Key Dates
March 6 - Competition opens for entries (Early Bird, Session 1)
May 6 - Closing of Early bird entries. Entry Session II commences
June 2 - Semi-Finalists from Early Bird Session 1 announced
June 12  - Closing of entries session II. Final submission deadline
July 21 - Semi-Finalists from Session II announced
August 11-12- Final judging in San Francisco
August 25 - Winners announced
October 16-20 - Finalists Ceremony at Adobe Max Las Vegas, Nevada
November 6 - Mentorship Programme begins
Become an ADAA Judge
If you're interested in being a pre-selection panelist for ADAA 2017 you can contact:
Emlyn Nardone

Programme Manager

ico-D Secretariat
Please include a link to your bio and please list which of these areas you are most comfortable assessing:
Illustration, Web and Application Design, Animation, Digital Publishing, Exhibition Design, Motion Graphics, Photography, Post-Production and Editing, Packaging, Print Communications, Graphic Design and Game Design
2017 ADAA Live Submissions Gallery: see every entry as they come in!
About ADAA
Launching Student careers since 2001, the Adobe Design Achievement Awards is a global digital media competition for student creators. Connected to industry professionals, academic leaders, and top brands, the ADAA aims to launch the next generation of student careers. Students could win recognition from the global creative community, Adobe software, mentorship, and more.
The Adobe Design Achievement Awards celebrate student achievement reflecting the powerful convergence of technology and the creative arts. The competition - which showcases individual and group projects created with industry-leading Adobe creative software - honors the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, game developers and computer artists from the world's top institutions of higher education.
• The contest is free to submit!
• Win recognition
• Win Adobe software
• Win a mentorship
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