Please See Submission Guidelines Below

  • 01Advertising Campaign

    Single or multiple pieces in one particular campaign

  • 02Integrated Brand System1

    Series of mixed elements created to support a brand. Examples might include logo, identity, advertising, animation, web, signage, etc.

  • 03Announcements + Invitations

    Published announcement or invitation

  • 04Book Design

    Complete bound book unit

  • 05Collateral

    Single piece: Brochure, booklet, folder, catalog, annual report, internal and corporate pieces, leave behind

  • 06Editorial Design

    Print or e-magazine, single or multiple spreads

  • 07Environmental Graphics

    Billboard, interior/exterior building signage, exhibits or vehicle graphics, trade show booth

  • 08Identity Mark

    Symbol, logotype and/or trademark

  • 09Identity System

    Application of a logo used in business cards, letterhead, envelope, etc.

  • 10Illustration

    Flat, dimensional, or digital illustrations

  • 11Video Spot1

    Any length video spot used for advertising

  • 12Photography

    Photography for advertising, editorial or institutional use

  • 13Poster Design

    Single or series

  • 14Sales Promotion

    Package design, point-of-purchase or direct mail

  • 15Self-Promotion

    Self promotional materials

  • 16Online/Interactive1

    Website design (sites must currently be online), mobile app, VR or AR

  • 17Digital Campaign

    Single or multi-piece digital ad campaign or social media campaign

  • 18Animation

    Animated video, spot, ad, etc.

  • 19Miscellaneous

    Published work that doesn’t fit into one of the categories. i.e. Merch, wearables, murals, etc.

  • 20Unpublished2

    Unpublished work created with a graphic application in mind

  • 1For online and video categories, please type the URL into the submission form. A jpg file with thumbnails is required with each entry. Websites & videos must currently be online. If a password is required to view, add in the notes area when submitting.

  • 2Professional submissions only. Unpublished work is not eligible for the Best of Show Award.

Submission Guidelines


All work entered must have been created after March 1, 2020. Credits and awards will be compiled from information submitted exactly as listed on the online entry form. Information must be complete and accurate. ADAI is not responsible for incorrect information. All submissions must be paid through the website.

Title each JPEG Entry exactly as follows:

Example: 16_MetaDesign_MoviePoster.jpg

Example: 16_BondJames_MoviePoster.jpg

Please exclude any special characters from the title and file name of your entries. Entries named incorrectly will not be eligible. Please submit ONE JPEG file per project entry. You may include an overall and detail shot in your image file if you wish. Your submissions will be used to create a slideshow presentation for judging and each entry will get only one slide. Winners will be notified via email prior to the show. Non-winners will not be notified.

Suggestions for successful entries:
Multiple pages/items: Combine into one organized layout. For books, editorial layouts, and collateral, you may want to include a closeup of typographic detail. It is not necessary to include every page or spread. For visual reference, please view our previous year’s 2020 exhibition winners.


Image Width: 3840 pixels
Image Height: 2160 pixels
Max File Size: 10 MB
File Format: JPEG
(Note: We updated entry specs from last year)


Awards of Excellence will be given to every entry accepted into the exhibition. One entry per category may be recognized with the Best of Category Award. One Best of Show Award will be given to one entry selected from the Best of Category Award winners. The Best of Show Award will only be awarded to published work. ADAI provides one award to each “Best of” selection. Duplicate awards may be available for an additional fee.

Submit Entries

Student Entries Due April 2, 2021

Professional Entries Due April 2, 2021


$35 $20 per entry


$10 $5 per entry


Scholarships Available.