Terms & Conditions

Who is eligible?

The APDC*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.

To be eligible for submission, projects or designs must have been selected for a prize in a national, regional, or international award program or competition. The prize must have been awarded within the last 3 years for International entries and within the last 2 years for Chinese entries. When entering your work, you will be requested to submit the certificate of the previous award.

Submission Guidelines

Entrants must submit their work online. Supporting images must not exceed 4MB per file and not more than 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 from design or architecture.

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 altered.


You may enter your work in as many categories as you see fit. However, the APDC*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 APDC*IDA shall carry the designer’s credit line. APDC*IDA may use images in any media sponsor publications. All entrants understand that any image submitted to the competition may be used by APDC*IDA for marketing and promotional purposes including in any medium such as exhibitions, print, and digital media directly related to the APDC*IDA competition though there may not be monetary compensation. By winning or placing in the competition, you are agreeing to be included in the winner’s annual book.

Neither APDC*IDA affiliates or partners assume any responsibility for materials submitted in violation of competition rules or for those which violate copyright regulations. APDC*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. APDC*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 regulations.

The Selection Process

After all submissions have been finalized, the APDC*IDA jury will begin the process of selecting the APDC*IDA OFFICIAL SELECTION. This first round selects the qualified entries and prepares them for jury voting.

The Jury’s evaluation and vote is based on a range of criteria that are constantly adapted to current design standards. The identity of the designer is hidden from the jury to ensure an unbiased vote. There is also no reference to how many entries a given designer has entered.

The entry categories are assigned to the jury members based on their expertise. This ensures that each category is viewed by the jury members best qualified to judge those entries.

All entries are listed randomly for the Jury to ensure that each entry receives equal opportunity.

All winning entrants will receive the APDC*IDA Winner’s logo and are entitled to use it for commercial purposes to promote their winnings. Receiving an APDC*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.