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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JAGDA International Student Poster Award 2019

Japan Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA) is inviting students from all parts of the world to enter its Poster Award competition for 2019. The JAGDA International Student Poster Award is a B1 size poster competition that can be described as the starting point for graphic design in Japan. The theme for 2019 is “Line”. The Grand Prix and Gold recipients will be invited to the awards ceremony on Friday, 6 December 2019 and their prize winning works will be published in the annual book “Graphic Design in Japan 2020”.

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Art Moves 2019 – International Billboard Art Competition

The Art Moves festival is hosting its International Billboard Art Competition for 2019 and invites all the interested people, artists and students to participate. Submitted artworks are supposed to be creative responses to this year’s competition theme: An impending disaster or a chance to save yourself and the world? The best 10 artworks selected by an international jury panel will be printed and exhibited in the urban space of the city of Torun, Poland in September or October 2019. The author of the winning entry will receive the Main Award in the amount of 5,000 Polish złoty (about 1,162 Euro, $1,297).

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Creative Quarterly (CQ) 57th International Juried Competition

Creative Quarterly (CQ) magazine opens its 57th 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.

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Welt­for­mat Newcomer Award 2019

Weltformat Graphic Design Festival is again looking for the most exciting newcomer poster designers! This year's theme is Tools and Rules. You are welcome to explore the ways in which the work of designers..

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AGDA Awards 2019

The AGDA Design Awards recognise the best work in Australia across a wide range of disciplines every year. Our awards aim to further the discussion about design and to stimulate the creative progress of our industry. They highlight every generation of talent, from students at colleges and universities, through to the long-established leaders of our profession.

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Graphic Matters Poster Competition 2019: Information Superpower!

Graphic Matters calls upon designers from all over the world to design a poster on a topic of “Information Superpower!” and participate in the 2019 Poster Project competition. Climate change, plastic soup, fast fashion, fake news, fear mongering, privacy or a personal matter.

 Everything is allowed, as long as you use your ‘information superpower’! Make a poster in the form of a data visualization, infographic, map or user manual. The winning posters will be exhibited during Graphic Matters 2019 — the international, biennial festival about graphic design, from 20th September until 27th October, 2019 in Breda, The Netherlands. The winning moving posters will also be displayed during DEMO festival in Amsterdam on 7th November 2019.

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International Visual Identity Awards 2019

Now celebrating their 6th year, the International Visual Identity Awards is the first independent international design competition dedicated solely to visual identity. Their mission is to formally recognize..

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15th Stereohype Button Badge Design Competition (2019)

Stereohype launches its 15th annual Button Badge Design Competition (STBBDC), calling for fresh designs for 2019 from all parts of the world. Entry is open to designers, artists, photographers, illustrators and students – including runners-up from previous competitions. In 2019, Stereohype will award a total of six prizes – five main, and a special prize – and will award all kinds of printed goodies with the winning designs, books and more.

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iF Design Award 2020

The iF Design Award is one of the most important design prizes in the world. For 66 years, designers and manufacturers have strived to win the internationally renowned iF label for design. Winning an iF..

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Andreu World International Design Contest 2019

Since 2000, Andreu World has been holding a juried competition to showcase unique and innovative seating and table design solutions. This event has established itself on the international scene by becoming..

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