Got a question? Here are some of the common questions that our entrants ask us, grouped by topics.
- Key dates
- Making payment
- Supplying supporting information
- Preparing work for sending
- Sending entries by post
- Announcement of results
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When can I submit my entries?
You can submit your entries for the D&AD Awards 2013 from 1 November 2012.
When will the entry site close?
The deadline for completing entries online is 30 January 2013. There will be one short extension, but a 20% late entry fee will apply to all entries completed after 30 January 2013.
When is the deadline to post my entry materials?
Physical entry materials need to reach D&AD by 6 February 2013.
How much does it cost to enter?
Check the category & price guide for a full list of prices per category.
Can I get a discount on entries?
Yes, you’ll get a 10% discount on entries completed and paid for by 29 November 2012. Also, freelancers and sole traders who are members of D&AD get a 20% discount on entries.
Where does the money I spend on my entries go?
D&AD is a not-for-profit organisation. By entering the D&AD awards, you are helping fund our education programmes.
Who can enter?
Companies and freelancers from all over the world. The Awards received entries from 67 countries last year. You don’t need to be a member of D&AD.
What work is eligible?
To be eligible, work must have been commercially released for the first time between 1 January and 31 December 2012. It must not have been entered in previous years. Please read the entry rules for full details.
Can two companies enter the same work?
Two different entrants cannot enter the same work in the same category.
If your project is a collaboration with other companies/individuals, check they haven’t entered it first. In case of duplicate entries, we will only accept the entry that was paid first.
Can I enter work if I am the client?
Clients can enter work produced for them either internally or by an external agency (as long as it has not been entered by the external agency in the same category – see previous question).
Can I enter self-promotional work?
Yes, you can enter self-promotional (for example corporate identity for your own company), but only if it was released commercially and made available to potential customers. This excludes reels and portfolios.
Can I enter work done for free for a charity?
Work done by an agency pro-bono for a charity can be entered if:
- The charity has a contractual relationship with the entrant agency.
- The work has been approved to run by the charity.
If the media/airtime was provided pro-bono, we reserve the right to ask for confirmation from the media owner.
What categories can I enter?
Check the Category & Price guide for a full list of categories.
How many categories can I enter?
You can enter the same work into as many categories as you like, both as a single entry and as part of a campaign.
Who will be judging my work?
See who will be judging this year's entries here.
What methods of payment are accepted?
Both bank transfers and credit card payments. Cheques are not accepted. If paying by bank transfer, the total amount has to be transferred within seven days of completing your entry online.
Where can I find D&AD’s bank details?
These will be on your invoice, and will show in your online account once you specify you are paying by bank transfer.
Do I have to enter credits for the work e.g. Art Director, Designer, etc.?
You only need to supply credits for individuals if your work wins at judging. We will contact you on the week of 22 April 2013 to let you know.
What supporting information is needed for my entries?
This is detailed in the Preparing your Entries PDF. There will be a field to enter your supporting information once you create your entries online.
Do I have to supply the supporting information requested?
It’s not compulsory, but we recommend you do. What you say about your work will help judges understand its background and context.
How should I write my supporting information?
Make it as clear, concise and straight-to-the point as possible.
Do I need to provide translations?
Yes, if your work was not originally released in English. We only accept translations in the formats listed in the Preparing your Entries PDF.
How many copies of the work do I need to send?
For digital work, only one copy, even if you’re entering the work into more than one category. For print work, provide one copy for each category the work is entered into.
When is the deadline to post my entry materials?
Physical entry materials have to reach D&AD by 6 February 2013.
How do I label my entries for posting?
Please use the labels provided under the ‘Paid’ tab of your online account.
What address do I send my entries to?
Our address is: D&AD Awards, Britannia House, 68-80 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5JL, Untied Kingdom. You’ll also find this address on the postage labels.
How do I send work from outside the UK?
Mark your package as 'Competition material: no commercial value'. If you need to indicate the value of the goods in the package, use a token value, for example $1 per entry. Please make sure you have settled all shipping costs and customs fees before sending your entries. Otherwise your package could be held up in customs or refused at our office because of extra shipping costs.
How will I know if my package has arrived?
We won’t notify you when we receive your package. We will only get in touch if your package doesn’t make it to our office.
When will I know if my work is successful?
Judging starts on 13 April 2013, and we will announce results as they are confirmed at www.dandad.org/awards/professional/. On the week starting 22 April 2013, we will send an official confirmation of the results to the person registered as the main contact for the entries. Entrants with winning entries will be required to submit full credits and images by 3 May 2013.
What happens if my work is successful?
Successful work is published in the D&AD Annual and featured on the D&AD site. We showcase it at our Awards Night, and at D&AD exhibitions and events internationally. Successful entrants can reference their D&AD Award status for promotional purposes.