Benefits & Prizes

With no cost to submit, entrants at all levels of the competition have access to an outstanding array of prizes and benefits designed to launch their careers, from detailed feedback on their work to free Adobe products to VIP attendance at the very best creative conference in the world.

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Savannah College of Art and Design
All entrants
Semifinalists
HM & Designations
Finalists
Winners

Credly badges

All entrants

Live Gallery

All entrants

Community

All entrants

Review by Judges

All entrants

Official certificates

Semifinalists / Special Designations / Honorable Mentions / Finalists / Winners

The showcase

Special Designations / Honorable Mentions / Finalists / Winners

Adobe Creative Cloud

Special Designations / Honorable Mentions / Finalists / Winners

Creative Residency

Finalists / Winners

Industry connections

Finalists / Winners

Detailed Feedback

Finalists / Winners

Creativity Scholarship

Finalists / Winners

Mentorship

Winners

Trophies

Winners

SoDA report feature

Winners

Winner experience at Adobe MAX

Winners

Creativity Scholarship

The Adobe Creativity Scholarship provides college or university tuition to young people pursuing creative studies and using creativity as a force for social impact. Finalists or Winners in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards who are in their first or second year of an undergraduate degree will be automatically nominated to the Creativity Scholarship program. Nominations are powerful and greatly strengthen your application.

Mentorship

All ADAA Winners will be paired with an accomplished creative professional for an in-depth, face-to-face mentorship in their geographic location. Winners and their mentors work hand in hand on a mutually agreed-upon project while refining the winner’s portfolio, sharpening presentation skills, and preparing the winner for the workforce.

Mentorship

Review by Judges

Every entry is reviewed by a judge on a panel of internationally renowned industry experts, from creative directors at global design firms to innovators at the cutting edge of technology and creativity. This is your opportunity to have professionals with deep expertise see and evaluate your work.

Community

All entrants are part of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards community, connected directly to each other and to Adobe via a Slack workspace, social media, and virtual events where the foundations of their professional networks take root.

Semifinalists and above receive special invitations to networking events, are included in new Adobe opportunities, and get first-hand access to newly developed resources for young creators.

Community

Live gallery

All eligible entries will be showcased in the official competition Live Gallery. The gallery is seen by thousands of industry professionals, academic leaders, competition alumni, and others in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards community.

Credly badges

All entrants will receive online badges for LinkedIn and Facebook issued by Credly and authorized by Adobe. Badges can help you stand out when applying for your next internship, job, or project.

Credly Badges

Official certificates

Semifinalists and above will receive official digital certificates from Adobe celebrating their competition achievements. Certificates help you stand out when applying for your next internship, job, or project.

ADAA Certificate and Online Badge

Industry connections

Finalists and Winners will be invited to a variety of partnered events, from meet and greets with local agencies to Creative Jams.*

Meeting with Industry Leaders

* Subject to availability.

Detailed Feedback

Finalists and Winners will receive comments about their work directly from the judging table: a rare opportunity to learn what industry experts like about your work and where you should improve. This invaluable feedback can help you build confidence and grow in your craft.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Winners, Finalists, Honorable Mentions, and Special Designations will receive a one-year membership to Adobe Creative Cloud ($599 value). Students with an already-existing membership can extend for an additional year.

Creative Residency Nomination

The Adobe Creative Residency gives talented creative individuals the opportunity to explore their passion and process by focusing on a personal creativity project for one full year. Eligible* Finalists and Winners will receive a nomination to the Creative Residency; nominations are powerful and greatly strengthen your application.

* Nominations can be made for three years following receipt of Finalist or Winner status. Students not eligible in their Finalist/Winner year will be nominated when they become eligible.

Winner experience at Adobe MAX

Winners will receive passes to attend Adobe MAX: The Creativity Conference, along with an unforgettable VIP experience designed to help launch their creative careers. Hotel, travel, and a stellar roster of networking and social events included.

Trophies

Winners will receive an official trophy as a celebration of their achievement.

Trophies

The showcase

Winners, Finalists, Honorable Mentions, and Special Designations will be included in the rich-media Showcase, where Adobe industry partners, past judges, and professional community members go to find promising student talent.

​SoDA report feature

SoDA is an extremely selective association of the world’s most preeminent companies with digital DNA. Its members – top digital agencies and elite production companies – come by invitation only and hail from 40+ countries across 6 continents. Winners of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards will be showcased in the SoDA Report, earning coveted exposure to the SoDA community and the larger creative industry.

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​SoDA

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