Q. How do I qualify for a member's entry fee?

A. By joining AGDA; You can join AGDA by going to www.agda.com.au Please ensure that you, as the member submitting the work, have made an appropriate contribution to the work entered.

Q. When is the entry deadline

A. Wednesday 15th July 5pm AEST. Late entries 29th July 12pm Noon AEST, incur $10 late fee.

Q. I signed up as a web guest on agda.com.au so I could enter the awards but it's not letting me log in to the Awards site using that member number.

It takes 1 working day for the Awards site to update with new member log in details. Please try logging in again tomorrow. If it is an urgent inquiry please email [email protected]

Q. I am a current member or a current web guest and I am trying to log in using my member number and email address but it's not working

A. Please ensure you are using the correct email address. It will be which ever email address is associated with your account. You may have a home and a work email. If your membership was bought for you by your work the email address may be your work's email. eg. [email protected]. Once logged in, you can change your pin.

Q. What is the definitions of a small business and a large business?

A. Small Business - An entire brand identity for a business of 1-50 staff. Should
express the brand through a number of platforms.
Large Business  – An entire brand identity for a business with 50+ staff. Should
express the brand through a number of platforms.

Q. I am a DINZ member - do I get a discount?

A. Yes all DINZ members can enter at the same price as AGDA members, that's $100. Email [email protected] to setup your account.

Q. I live outside Australia - how do I enter?

A. We welcome entries from other countries! If you are not currently an AGDA member, to enter you sign up as a guest at www.agda.com.au Fill in your full address details and select 'Australia' as your country. (We will be updating this feature to include other countries ASAP). Wait 24 hours for the Awards website to update with your details. This will allow you to enter the awards. Yes, this will mean your country is listed as Australia but we will be fixing this issue ASAP, and rest assured that any trophies/certificates you win we will make sure they are sent to the correct address.

Q. Will there be a Student Awards?

A. Yes. The Student Awards are open to anyone who was enrolled in a tertiary Visual Communication or Graphic Design course between 1st July 2013 and 30th June 2015. This is the place to submit work that was not done for a real client. (If it is a real client job you may want to consider submitting in the main Awards).

Q. What happens if I've submitted my entries into the wrong categories?

A. If you have submitted your entry incorrectly, please email [email protected] with the details of your entry including your name, member number, entry number, name of entry, category entered, and category you want to change to.

Q. Who gets the winning trophy?

A. Either the person or the company listed as an entrant gets the trophy. Additional trophies can be purchased at cost of production as set by the supplier. Finalists will receive a winners certificate, so please ensure your address details are correct.

Q. How do we submit a web site entry?

A. Supply the URL address on the title of the entry form, along with the 100 words explaining the solution process, and images of the website to go in the book and on the final awards gallery website. Judges will view the website on both Ipads and Imac computers so please ensure that your entry is able to be viewed on these platforms, and that it is not password protected. 

Q. How do I submit a video / animation / motion graphics entry?

A. Upload your video / animation / motion graphics entry online, this can be on your own server, on your website, or on a third party website, and then simply supply the URL address on the title of the entry form with your registration, along with the 100 words explaining the solution process, and images of the video to go in the Awards book and on the final awards gallery website. Judges will view the motion entries on both Ipads and Imac computers so please ensure that your entry is able to be viewed on these platforms, and that it is not password protected.

Q. How do I submit an App?

A. We will be downloading all Apps prior to the judging weekend. Please supply the URL address of the downloadable App on the entry form with your registration, along with the 100 words explaining the solution process, and images of the video to go in the Awards book and on the final awards gallery website. Judges will view the Apps on iPads and iPhones where applicable so please ensure that your entry is able to be viewed on these platforms. If your app is an app that needs to be purchased please either provide us with a promo code to download it for free or 'Gift' it to us in the itunes store, using email address [email protected]

Q. Where do I submit photography?

A. Under Category 7B. Design Crafts, Photography for Design. Pieces of design where photography brings the creative idea to life, such as publications (in print or digital), packaging, environmental graphics, printed materials, on screen communications etc.

Q. How do I enter books, catalogues, annual reports and brochures. I would prefer to provide the actual pieces of work.

A. We suggest the following: catalogues, brochures, books, reports can be submitted as they are; just put them in a plastic sleeve or envelope for protection and ensure that the assigned entry label accompanies the item.  

Q. How do I submit the wine labels I have designed?

A. There are 2 ways to enter: a) House the labelled bottles in the polystyrene containers sold through Australia Post and send by mail or courier, affix the entry number to the bottom of the bottle so it can be sorted for judging. Mark the package FRAGILE for mailing; OR b) you can photograph the bottles and submit your images online as you would do for any other category.

Q. We have a 3D box that is approx 10cm high. Do we mount the base of the box onto the board?

A. Supply a mount board for the box to be placed for exhibition purposes. Mark the center, or outline the placement in pencil for the box to be placed. We will place the box at the judging according to what you supply. Just package the box and the board as loose items together.

Q. Can we enter the same project into the different categories?

A. Yes, we encourage it. This will enable your project to be judged and rewarded on different aspects of the project. For example in the case of a book you may want to enter it into the 'book category' and then again into the 'photography category' for the photographs inside it. The best thing to do if you are able is to send in two copies of the book in that case, (each with the individual entry number affixed to the front and back where appropriate), as we have separate teams of people handling different categories on different days, so you would not be able to use the same book for both. When submitting your 5 PNG images on the online site we would encourage you to have full images of the photographs for the photography category, and images that focus more on the book / layouts for the book category.

Q. Is there anymore detail covering the award categories? This would be the first time we enter the awards and I would like to understand the whole concept a bit better before preparing the entry.

A. If you would like to enter anything that doesn't fit with what is listed (we have had inquiries regarding brochures, press ads, websites and so on, which don't quite fit with the descriptions outlined), please email [email protected]

Q. I am having some difficulty getting the specifications for the paper stock and printer from my client (they handled production management). Is it considered bad form not to include these details?

A. It is an opportunity for designers to acknowledge the suppliers they use, particularly if they have a working relationship. If the job does win an award, the suppliers get some valuable recognition but having these details is not compulsory.

Q. What do the entry labels look like?

A. The entry labels are 12cm W x 1.5cm H (just a small horizontal strip). To download your entry labels go to the My Awards Entries tab and select your entry from the list. There will be a Print Label option at the bottom of this page.

Q. Where do we affix the entry label unique entry number to the physical entry in the case of packaging?

A. You can affix the entry number to the side or the bottom of the package. In the case of wine, the label could be stuck on the bottom with the number poking out from the side, on poster the number should be stuck on the top left, or on an invite, brochure, stationary, etc you could use a paperclip to affix the label to the item.

Q. Can we submit Posters as physical items?

A. Yes. Print your poster at A1 size (with the entry number label affixed to the top left, and also on the back of the poster) and mail in a post tube (available from Australia Post). If entering several posters you can include them all in the same tube when posting.

Q. I'm having trouble uploading my artwork. What should I do?

A. Make sure you have applied the AGDA image rules to your image and are submitting it in a correctly sized RGB PNG format. It could be that a large number of entrants are trying to upload at the same time or it may be that your internet connection is not very strong, this may be the case when using public wifi. Try connecting via a secure wifi connection or via an ethernet connection.

If you are still having trouble email [email protected].

Q. Can we have more than one image or item displayed on a single PNG we submit?

A. The images can display a range of items, in fact this is actually the optimal use of the multiple image entries, rather than just the same item in 5 different pictures.

The images could be made up of multiple images, for instance you could submit one that has 4 images displayed on it.

Q. What is the judging process?

A. We are doing things a bit differently this year, in that we are limiting the number of physical items coming in. This is both for logistical reasons and also to limit our impact environmentally. We are still accepting physical packages if you wish to send them, but we are no longer having mounting boards for things such as logos and flat images that don't require it.

The Digital entries (Websites E-Magazines, Moving Image) are being judged on screen on an iMac and an iPad and any other entries we will be printing out the images you submit for the judges to view. The physical entries are really only applicable for things such as wine bottles, packages, books, if anything that has a special print (foil, emboss, etc) that you feel would greatly benefit from having a physical piece then you can send that in. The judges definitely will still be able to see, feel, touch the objects.

Q. Can we still submit mounting boards?

A. No board entries will be used or displayed. We will be printing all the entries at A3 size to make setting up easier on the volunteers and more consistent for judging.
Having different sized boards makes for inconsistent judging, for example having an A2 board next to an A4 board has the potential to sway the judges results despite the content of the work.

The amount of mounting board that has to be thrown out at the end of the Awards is also bad for the environment and if they’re no longer needed they can be recycled this time around.

Q. If I submit my online entry before the due date but my physical entry does not arrive until after the due date will it still be included in the judging?

A. Yes. We will allow a couple of weeks for all physical entries to arrive. The physical entry deadline is Wednesday 12th August.

Q. Can I enter work that was printed and distributed between 01/07/2014 - 30/06/2015 for a launch date of 01/07/2015?

A. Yes, the dates a more of a guideline rather than strict. It’s to deter people from continually entering work, year on year. So as long as they’re only entered in the Awards in one of this year or next that is fine.

Q. For category 5. Packaging (i) Special Editions & Promotional Packaging what does ADGA define as a ‘short run’?

A. There’s no set figure for a short run. In an example of wine, if it’s one that is only being produced and packaged that one time (no re-runs or doing it annually) and that it’s quantity is significantly less to the quantity produced for a regular item.

Q. Is there any size restriction for the physical entries?

A. There are no restrictions. If you can get it posted to us, we will display that item.

Q. When printing labels to send physical samples is one label printed per entry?

A. Label each item. Different volunteers will be handling the entries over the weekend, so they may not all be familiar with the entire group of items in an entry.

Q. When entering the Client’s name in Step 2, can we list more than one name for the Client?

A. If you wanted to list two client names and there is only one field, list them with their names and either an AND or & (Joe Smith and Jane Thompson).


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