About ADC Annual Awards

Entry Deadline: Friday, March 12, 2021

The ADC Annual Awards, part of The One Club for Creativity, is the oldest continuously running industry award show in the world. Now heading into its incredible 100th year, these Awards celebrate the very best in advertising, digital media, graphic and publication design, packaging and product design, motion, experiential and spatial design, photography, illustration and fashion design all with a focus on artistry and craftsmanship.

The ADC Annual Awards also offers a tiered pricing structure designed to make it easier for smaller agencies, studios and freelancers to participate. Larger companies pay the standard entry fee; smaller shops get a discount on entries (amount varies by discipline) and freelance creatives and one-person shops are eligible for an even greater reduction in their entry fee.

Outstanding entrants are selected by highly respected juries, and honored with coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze Cubes, presented at the Annual Awards Gala. Beyond these Cubes, however, ADC Annual Awards winners join a rich legacy of past honorees that include some of the most influential artists of the past century.

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The One Club For Creativity

The One Club for Creativity exists to support and celebrate the success of the global creative community.

We celebrate world-changing ideas. We stimulate the dynamic intersection of art and commerce. We create fertile spaces for writers, art directors, designers, technologists, and artists to grow. We foster a more diverse and connected global community. We forge bonds between recognized creative masters and emerging creative voices.

Most important, we are a non-profit organization that pours everything we make back into nurturing a more vibrant and inspired global creative community. The One Club for Creativity uses revenue generated from entries to help fund a number of initiatives throughout the year:

Where Are All the Black People: A diversity conference and career fair now in its 10th year, this leading one-day in-person conference in New York was transformed into a three-day online event, expanded for a global audience and featuring dozens of industry leaders addressing the new realities of race, inclusion and diversity in advertising.

The One Club COVID-19 Jobs Board: A free resource connecting people out of work due to the pandemic with agencies, design studios, production companies, and brands looking to fill open positions.

Online Student Portfolio Reviews: To help graduating ad school seniors who found themselves unable to get in-person feedback on their books, we transformed our annual Young Ones Student Portfolio Review event into a free global online portfolio review program.

The One Club Mentor & Creative Program: The pandemic also prompted us to reinvent our multi-city Intern & Creative events as a free, ongoing global online initiative connecting aspiring creatives around the world with mentors at many of our corporate member agencies for six weeks of work on briefs and one-on-one guidance, career advice and portfolio reviews from top agency creatives.

ONE School: A groundbreaking free portfolio program for Black creatives. With Fall and Spring classes on both the East and West Coasts taught by leading Black creatives and strategists, ONE School will help address the lack of diversity in advertising by bringing 120 talented new Black creatives into the industry each year.

Creative Month 2020: Creative Week, which usually takes place in New York in May, was transformed into a month-long online festival called Creative Month. Featuring live panels, presentations, and seminars, we were one of the first in our industry to reimagine a creative festival online and provide content completely free during a time when many people most needed it.

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