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Entering The D&AD Professional Awards: Everything You Need To Know

Categories and Prices PDF

You've made your creative campaign, and you'd like to enter it into the D&AD Professional Awards. The handy download below explains all of our categories, subcategories and what should be entered into them. It's more than likely that your creative work can be submitted into multiple categories, so be sure to check.

The PDF also details the prices for each category, which start at £85. Remember, D&AD is a not-for-profit organisation. Any surpluses from Awards go into the D&AD Foundation, supporting and nurturing the next generation of creative talent.

Preparing Your Entries

The PDF below outlines the file specifications and formats we require for entries. It will tell you if you need to send a physical item, submit a digital asset, and in which format. It's divided up into categories to make it as easy as possible for you.

The Rules / Eligibility

This page will tell you if your work is eligible to be entered. It includes information on when the work must have run, charity, pro-bono and self-promotional work.

How to Use the Entry System

This page features a very handy step-by-step video guide to entry, as well as information on

  • what to do before entering
  • how to create an account
  • the entry process itself

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit this page to find answers to any questions you may have about entering the Professional Awards 2016.

The Judging Process

Here's how your work will be judged.

Benefits of Winning

There are a whole host of reasons to enter the Professional Awards. In addition to winning a coveted Pencil and getting your name featured in the D&AD Annual,  you are also helping to support the next generation of creative talent. 

Contact / Get in Touch

Our awards team are on hand to help, wherever you are in the world.

If you've begun entering and have a question, get in touch with Marie Dryden / T +44 (0) 207 840 1119.

If you're thinking about entering and would like some guidance, speak to our local teams:

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