The ADC Annual Awards


The ADC 97th Annual Awards is pleased to introduce a tiered fee system specifically for freelancers, individuals and small companies. We believe that impeccable craft and design comes from all corners of the industry, from the gleaming agencies working their magic on global clients; to the design boutiques developing a new logo for an up and coming brand; to the lone illustrator or photographer breathing life to a magazine editorial. It is our hope that our new pricing will encourage entries from across the creative spectrum.


January 31, 2018
Please note that each entry completed in the system after 11:59PM EST on January 31 will have a $50.00 late fee automatically applied.


All entries must have been printed, published, aired or broadcast live online for the first time between February 6, 2017 and February 5, 2018 in any country. Entries may be submitted by any company or individual involved in the creation or production of the work.

Download Entry Guide PDF

Small Company
Refers to companies that have between 2 and 20 employees (full-time, part-time and regular freelancers). The company is responsible for the bulk of a project’s creative duties.

Refers to self-employed individuals who are responsible for the bulk of a project’s creative duties.

Students currently enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in advertising, graphic design, photography, illustration, and digital media are eligible to enter the competition, and are invited to submit published or unpublished work in any category.

Student work will be judged separately but by the same criteria as professional work. Gold and Silver winners will be included in related advertising and promotional materials.

Student work must be entered here.