Who is eligible?
The IDA competition is open to anyone aged 18+ residing anywhere in
the world. Professional entries will be judged against other
professionals and student entries against other students.
Entrants must submit their work online. Supporting images must not
exceed 4MB per file and be minimum 1000 pixels on the longest side.
Images must be saved as JPEGs (.jpg, .jpeg) or PNGs (.png). You can
also submit PDF files.
Who is considered professional?
Designers who earn, or have earned, the majority of their income
Entry Forms and Submissions
Please note that no entry will be processed unless the entry fee has
been received. Work submitted without proper forms and payment will
be disqualified. After payment has been made, entries cannot be
Payments and Refunds
Once a submission fee has been paid, there are no refunds provided.
If you have been wrongly charged for any reason, we will be happy to
credit the amount that is due.
You may enter your work in as many categories as you see fit.
However, the IDA jury and staff will not switch your entry into a
different category on your behalf.
Use and Ownership of Materials
Copyright and all other rights remain with the designer.
Any images used by IDA shall carry the designer’s credit line.
IDA may use images in any media sponsor publications. All entrants
understand that any image submitted to the competition may be used
by IDA for marketing and promotional purposes including in any
medium such as exhibitions, print, and digital media directly
related to the IDA competition though there may not be monetary
compensation. By winning or placing in the competition, you are
agreeing to be included in the winners annual book.
Neither the International Design Awards affiliates, or partners
assume any responsibility for materials submitted in violation of
competition rules or for those which violate copyright regulations.
IDA will investigate claims of copyright infringement to the best of
its ability, and will remove and disqualify submissions that are
clearly demonstrated to violate copyright and/or competition
policies. IDA will act to maintain the integrity of the competition
and its affiliated entities, but is not responsible for any damages
resulting from images submitted in violation with rules and
The Selection Process
After all submissions have been finalized, the IDA jury will begin
the process of selecting the IDA OFFICIAL SELECTION. This first
round selects the qualified entries and prepares them for jury
All successful entrants will receive the IDA Winner’s logo,
and are entitled to use it for commercial purposes to promote their
winnings. Receiving an IDA award is not only a significant
achievement in design, but also ensures that the award winners will
receive promotional material to publicize their achievements.
We Have No Obligation to Adjudicate IP Claims
Claimants and users must understand that we are not an intellectual
property tribunal. While we and our Designated Copyright Agent may
in our discretion use the information provided in order to decide
how to respond to infringement claims, we are not responsible for
determining the merits of such claims. If a user responds to a claim
of infringement by providing assurances that its content is not
infringing, the user agrees that if we thereafter restore or
maintain the content, the user will defend and hold us harmless from
any resulting claims of infringement brought against us and our
Designated Copyright Agent.