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This page gives facts about A' Design Award & Competition no-further-fees campaign and information about one of our main policies: "No Further Fees" for Pro Entry Award Winners.

Unlike other design awards and competitions, there are no "Further Fees" in A' Design Award, because we belive a designer who come up with superior designs, concepts, architecutral works should not be made to pay for extra's to receive the promised real benefits for winning a design award; a winner should be a winner.

What we want to achieve? We want to improve design award and competitions landscape: We already managed to lower entry fees for other prestigious design awards, however the further fees are still kept; this creates a problem for us, as designers usually do not discover these "hidden, concealed, or hard-to-see" fees, that are required, thus we decided to share our insights.

Currently, we are creating heavy competition for other prestigious design awards and competitions, and our aim is to eliminate further fee schemas from design award scape totally. This, we believe, will benefit designers, and the society, through subsidization and supporting design, for creating a world with better products, for a better future.

Please remember that when you register to other prestigious design awards, you are likely to "agree to purchase winner packages" or "pay further fees" if you win the awards. No matter how old the awards, these fees are almost omni present, sometimes called as "obligatory publication contributions" sometimes called "printing fees". Regardless the name, the "Further Fees" means that you will need to pay on average 3.500 to 15.500 Euros for each design that wins an award in other competitions and these costs rarely include any tax. A' Design Award & Competition does not have any further fees, we are against the "You Win You Pay Schemas", and all the winners' services are provided free of charge to its participants.

In Summary Say no to extras.

Further Fees for Winners

We have none:

Unlike other design awards, you are not obliged to pay further fees ranging from 2.820 euros to 5.450 euros.
Winners Package is provided free of charge to A' Design Awards, and includes much more services than any other awards.

Exhibition Space Fees

Our exhibition is free:

Unlike other design awards, you are not obliged to pay exhibition fees, that range from 580 to 2900 euros.
Exhibition service is provided free of charge to A' Design Awards, that also includes printing of posters etc! for those who cannot send products.

Yearbook Participation Fees

Our yearbook participation is free:

Unlike other design awards, you are not obliged to pay fees for being included in the yearbook publication, that range from 100 to 1200 euros.
Yearbook publication service is provided free of charge to A' Design Awards, that also includes the pagination of your winner design and its printing.

Premium Advertising Services

We do better without any extra:

Unlike other design awards, you are not obliged to pay additional fees for "Premium Packages" that cost up to 4.220 euros for advertising, yearbook inclusion etc.
Better premium advertising services, press release preparation, distribution, yearbook inclusion, and much more is already provided free of charge to A' Design Award Winners.

Licensing Fees for Logos

No yearly fees, and is free:

Unlike other design awards, you are not asked to pay logo usage and licensing fees that are about 1500 euros per year per winning design.
You can use both the A' Design Award and Good Design Mark logos, for the whole lifecycle of your product free of charge.

Press Release Fees

Two releases, and free:

Unlike other design awards, you are not asked to pay 800 to 4000 euros for press release preparation and distribution.
Each winner is provided press release packages, one from PRWeb, that is worth 369 USD targeting big Media Outlets such as NY Times etc, and another from DesignPRWire, worth 300 Euros, targeted at Design Related Media, both provided free of charge to all winners.

Translation Fees

Up to 20+ languages for free :

Most design awards would not even bother to translate your entry to 20+ languages, and those who do will be asking a fee per translation, their costs are around 50 euro per entry.
A' Design Awards entry fees already include the services for international media communication and therefore any required translations. Winners' get their award winning works translated to major languages to reach further international audiences.

Fees per Participant

Fee per entry:

Unlike other design awards, you are not asked to pay the participation fee for each participant or team member.
The one-time nomination fee is per entry and not for each participant. This is especially convenient for multi-disciplinary, large design teams but also helps young designers or students teams as well.

Fees per Picture

Fee per entry:

Unlike other design awards, you are not asked to pay the participation fee for each picture or image you submit to the accolades.
The one-time nomination fee is per entry and not for each picture. This is especially convenient for designers who wish to submit sets, collections, cluster or group of objects under a single entry. For the same entry fee, you could potentially submit 5 works from the same product family or collection, and upload up to 50 images to support your entry.

Gala Night Fees

You are invited:

Unlike other design awards, you are not asked to pay 400 to 1200 euros for the gala-night dinner or participation.
Each winner is given an invitation to join our Gala-Night free of charge, and provided networking opportunities. You are not obliged or asked to book a "table" for inflated prices.

Award & Certificate Fees

It is all free:

Unlike other design awards, you are not asked to pay 200 to 400 euros for the award trophy, the certificate and other material components.
Each winner is given the "Physical components package" which is distributed free during the Gala-Night or could be ordered to shipped to you.

Not PLUS VAT

Value Added Tax is already included:

Unlike other design awards, value added tax is already included in the price, in other awards, you are going to pay up to 20% more fees due to vat surprizes at the end of registration.
A' Design Awards entry fees already include VAT, you know what you are paying for in advance

Save, on average 3.500 to 16.500 Euros by joining A' Design Award instead.

Disclaimer: It is our duty to note that we distribute the winners packages during gala-night, and exhibition for free, and they can further be claimed for free from our offices by picking up individually or through a courier, however, we do only charge for shipment of the items (such as the trophy, books etc) to the destination countries when ordered by designers, but please understand that package contents are not sold to winners but provided for free, i.e. we get paid only for the expedition costs only. Learn these fees here. Furthermore, some of the services listed above are not valid for Digital Edition Participants. However please note that at A’ Design Award, there are potential fines: For example, let’s consider the Gala Night. If you win the award via pro-entry, you are eligible to join the Gala Night or not join the Gala Night as you see fit (Digital Edition winners cannot take part in Gala Night), your award status does not depend on your participation to the Gala Night (unlike some other awards where your participation to Gala Night might affect your outcome – since other design awards sell the gala tickets to all winners, while we provide free of charge up to 2 tickets per entry). So to repeat it, Gala Night is free of charge, in the system at your control panel at Gala Night participation section, you indicate your choice, free of charge, without any obligations, if you do not indicate a choice, you are considered as not participating so no problem at that either. However, If you indicate from the system that you would join the Gala Night, we assign you a call to stage number and if you do not show up at the stage when your number is called, (you can decide not to come and communicate it in advance so we can clear your name from the list, but let’s imagine you confirmed your participation and did not bother to tell us you would not join) then there is a credit fine as we would call your name to stage, wait you in the stage, with all the audience waiting, and that would create a negative outcome for all; if this happens we will add a fine but we will not oblige you to pay it (we might stop some of the services but not oblige any payments in any case), but instead we will add the fine as a negative credit to your account at A’ Design Award. We put these fines to make sure that people respect others, there are several fines like this, for example also for making problems etc, or last minute in-appropriate bookpage changes which could reduce the overall value of the book, etc, but these are all communicated in advance through entry guidelines and the control panel pages where we ask you to interact with the platform. We especially add these fines to ensure that people who got fined do not join next edition, we actually do not care if these are paid or not, but the fines serve to make the platform nicer for all participants by discouraging asocial behaviour, every year we fine only a very little percent for these issues. For example, another fine could be image issues; lets imagine you uploaded your images wrong resolution, and we noticed it last minute when we print the book (we usually send mails for most issues but let’s imagine you ignored the requests to fix the image resolution), then instead of cancelling your award status, or taking your work out of the book, we call a graphic design specialist, and ask them to fix the images; we pay these people by the hour and we ask participants to cover these fees, and like the Gala Night example, we do not oblige participants to make payments, we just do not want them to continue taking part unless they change the way they interact with us, and other laureates. So in summary the fines are valuable for you; imagine you made a mistake and your book page is not printable, we fix it for you, and credit you, mostly issues like these, things that make sense to “fine”, indeed most of these things maybe not even considered as fines, they are merely services that we are obliged to provide to protect your interest without actually taking money from you, we would ask the fines to be paid, but we do not oblige them. Exception to the non-obligation of the fine fees is the wrong account type choices which, in most cases, deliberately made by companies; as you know, professionals pay much less to join the A’ Design Competition, companies are asked to pay more, so some “smart” companies state they are students or professionals when they join the competition, pay the student or professional entrant participation fee, and in the end, we check of course all accounts and if we see these cases of fraudulent behaviour by participants, we first ask them to pay the regular fees and if this is a repeat issue, we fine them big, without any hesitation of any sorts. Hope this statement, provided as part of our transparency policy clarifies what we think about fines; we do not have many fines, we do not oblige most of them to be paid, but if necessary, we also wish to protect the interest of our participants by imposing deterrents. In any case, everything is always clearly noted in the system, and again to note, only a very negligible percentage of the participants ever get fined.

Safety Policy

The A’ Design Award & Competition, protects your interests. There are no yearly licensing fees or further fees requested from winners, plus the competition takes the necessary steps to help protect your intellectual property and privacy by taking a series of actions to reduce risks in joining design competitions.  

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