Global Design Contests That Designer Should Participate In

The world of graphic design is a competitive one. That means that there are plenty of opportunities for designers to get their work out there and start making some money. One way to do this is by entering contests, which can be a good place to find new clients and make some extra cash on the side. In today’s post we will share 14 graphic design contests every designer should participate in!

1) Indigo Design Award 2022

Indigo Design Award is a graphic design contest that celebrates excellence in visual communication. It’s open to all professionals and amateurs from around the world, who submit their best work through January 31st 2022. Indigo then holds an international jury vote to select winners in various categories: Print Advertisement Design, Motion Graphics Design for Broadcast Media.

2)  Kokuyo Design Award 2022

The Kokuyo Design Award is a unique international design award that has been held annually since 1978. It was established to encourage and support the creation of new ideas in graphic design, which have become an increasingly important form of communication through all forms of modern media ranging from paper products to digital content.

3) International design competitions 2022

International design competitions 2022 is an ideal opportunity for young designers to gain international exposure and recognition. This network of over forty leading cultural institutions in the world, including museums, foundations, galleries, festivals and institutes – dedicated to contemporary art around the globe.

4) Green Product Award 2022

Green Product Award 2022 is back with a new edition and we’re excited to present even more innovative products that contribute to the health of our Earth. The competition recognizes designs, technologies or services aimed at improving people’s quality of life by protecting the environment, reducing consumption and minimizing negative impacts on communities and society as a whole.

5) iF Design Award 2022

iF Design Award 2022 is open for entries and we’re looking forward to discovering inspirational products, ideas and concepts that make our lives easier. This prestigious German design award recognizes the best of international product design – be it a smartphone or an intelligent kitchen appliance – as well as interior spaces, services, communication campaigns and packaging.

6) International Bicycle Design Competition (IBDC) 2022

International Bicycle Design Competition (IBDC) is a competition for students, interns and new graduates from all over the world who want to explore their design abilities in the field of bicycle. The goal is to create an innovative product with great potential that can be used on any type of terrain or user’s requirement.

7)UX Design Awards 2022

UX Design Awards 2022 is a competition for designers and companies who want to launch their projects with the best UX design. The winner of this award will not only receive an honor but also be able to apply for a free international marketing campaign worth $25,000 that will raise awareness about your project before its official release date! 

8) Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge 2021-2022

Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge 2021-2022 is a contest that searches for new ideas in the field of medicine and health sciences. Participating designers can submit their research, design concepts or prototypes to be considered by the judges! 

9) Architecture at Zero 2021-22

Architecture at Zero 2021-22 is a contest that encourages students and professionals to study the issue of extreme poverty. Participants can submit their designs for shelters, housing complexes or any other type of structure related to this particular field!

10) C-IDEA Design Award

C-IDEA Design Award is an international contest that recognizes outstanding graphic design works for the promotion of culture, art and science. Submissions are open to designers from around the world!

11) Lexus Design Award 2022

Lexus Design Award 2022  is an international competition that honors the best designers from around the world! Submissions are open to everyone, so be sure to read all of the rules and regulations before sending in your designs.

12) The A’ Design Award & Competition

The A’ Design Award & Competition is an international accolade that rewards creativity, originality and aesthetic appeal with over 50 awards!  You can submit designs in 20+ categories (such as fashion, home, office & more) and spread your creative wings.

13) The One Club for Creativity Student Awards 2022

The One Club for Creativity Student Awards is not only one of our favorite design contests but it’s also a great way for young talent to get noticed by top industry professionals.

14)  ADC Annual Awards

Art Directors Annual Awards aims at recognizing creative excellence in advertising creativity worldwide. Participating is easy; simply submit up to three pieces of work along with entry fee payment!


After reading this article, it is clear that there are many graphic design contests out there for designers to take part in. Whether you’re looking to win some cash or just want the experience of entering a contest, these 14 events should be at the top of your list. What’s on your radar? Somehow, there will be contests from time to time on Artmeet. Keep your eye on ya~

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