Adobe Design Achievement Awards Now Open To Students & Teachers

Do you love design? Do you take an extra hour to assemble some projects so they look just a little bit better? Are you addicted to Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign? Want to win free Adobe software and cash prizes?

Okay that sounds like a ‘now how much would you pay!?’ late-night advertisement. Seriously, the 2012 Adobe Design Achievement Awards are now open for nominations and they’re looking for the best students and teachers who are doing some awesome work in design.

If you think you’ve got what it takes but don’t have access to the premium Adobe software, be sure to check out the Adobe Digital School Collection for a lower-priced way to get your hands on Photoshop, Acrobat, and Premiere. I was supplied with an evaluation copy by Adobe and can vouch for it being great for anyone looking to perfect their design and video editing skills.

About The Competition

The competition recognizes the best student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists from higher education institutions worldwide who have created innovative projects using Adobe software.

13 Student Categories & 3 Faculty Categories

Students are invited to compete in 13 categories, including Game Design and Development, as well as Application Development and Mobile Design. For the second consecutive year, the ADAA will also recognize teaching excellence through three categories designed specifically for higher education instructors. Since the ADAA competition began in 2001, nearly 25,000 students from 73 countries have been involved; in 2011, a record 4,600 entries were submitted.

3 Entry Periods

The ADAA are free to enter & open to students, faculty & staff of higher education institutions worldwide. Giving participants more opportunities and flexibility in submitting their work there are 3 entry periods and the semifinalists will be announced after each judging session:

  • November 28 – Jan 27, 2012: Semifinalists announced in Feb 2012
  • January 27 – April 27, 2012: Semifinalists announced in May 2012
  • April 27 – June 22, 2012: Semifinalists announced in July 2012

In October, finalists will be invited to attend the ADAA awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Calif., where winners will be announced and awarded Adobe software and cash prizes.

More Information

For detailed information about ADAA submission guidelines, deadlines, categories and more, visit Adobe Awards site. Students and faculty are invited to submit projects through this website and view winning work from prior years in the ADAA Gallery.