Competition Season is Beginning
Although January is the month when most award show competitions begins, the One Show is open now.
Here's the link: https://sandiegoawards.oneclub.org/
Submissions and judging are handled remotely and all entries are digital. Depending on how things go with the pandemic, award shows might be virtual this year but cross your fingers that we can celebrate together. Wouldn't it be wonderful to welcome 2022 with a win?
Industry Awards Will Make Your Portfolio Stand Out
As a designer, copywriter or art director, winning a creative competition can elevate your portfolio to a new level - and can open doors at ad agencies and design studios. Listing awards on your resume may grab the attention of a creative director and persuade them to take a look at your online portfolio.
The Smarter Way To Enter Competitions:
Before you decide to drop $50 - $100 on an entry for your latest ad campaign, website, or logo design, here is what I recommend:
1. Research the different competitions and find your niche. Your work is not suitable for every competition and entering the wrong one is a waste of time and money.
2. Review previous winners. Nearly every competition site shows their past winners. Archives on competition sites can give you a much better idea of what work fits the competition and what the judges have selected in the past. There is a good chance that they will select similar work this year.
3. Make sure the graphic design, advertising, web, or interactive work you submit is beautifully produced and presented. This should be a no-brainer but judges throw out work for very minor reasons. Don't give them a reason to dismiss a great idea because your entry isn't perfected.
4. Check the specifications. Work with incorrect specs is eliminated. Enough said.
5. Carefully check the category. Most award shows don't have the time or the manpower to make sure your work is in the right place before the judging starts. This is one of the main reasons that work is eliminated. Phone the competition headquarters if you have questions.
6. After entering, look for a confirmation that your work and your payment showed up.
7. Be confident and enter. If you do some background checking, you'll find a competition where your work can stand out. If you don't win, don't worry. Great work gets passed over sometimes. Find another advertising, graphic design, copywriting, or web design competition and try again. Great work plus determination is what wins awards. Take a leap.
Competitions for You to Consider. Add Them to Your Calendar.