The ADC Annual Awards, celebrating 100 years of excellence in design and craft, will open for entries in November! This iconic award show honors the best creative talent and groundbreaking work across many different creative disciplines, from graphic design to illustration, from publishing to packaging, from advertising to photography and all points in between.

99th Annual ADC Awards

ADC 100th Annual Awards Highlights

ADC 100th Annual Awards

On August 13, 1920 the advertising and design worlds were changed forever with the incorporation of the Art Directors Club of New York, also known as the ADC. Founded by Louis Carl Pedlar with the lofty goal of raising the standards of commercial art to those traditionally associated with fine art, ADC has set the tone for creative excellence that the industry continues to follow a century later.

To celebrate this centennial, we at The One Club for Creativity in partnership with C&G created an online timeline to showcase the people, the historical artifacts, the thoughts and opinions, and of course the work of the past century. You'll be able to browse through every single ADC annual, read essays from across the decades — stay tuned for the 1940s debate on whether women should be permitted to join the organization — and learn about the ADC's deep history. It's a history of the very industry we all love, and we can't wait to share it with you over the coming year.


The ADC 99th Annual Awards feature 15 different disciplines, judged by 12 separate juries. Special awards include Of the Year honors, BEDT of Discipline, Designism and BEDT of Show.


All entries must have been printed, published, or aired for the first time between the dates listed below in any country.

January 1, 2019 – February 28, 2020

January 1, 2018 – February 28, 2020


This deadline period has ended! Final Extended Deadline is February 28th.

This deadline period has ended! Final Extended Deadline is February 28th. *Please note that each entry completed in the system between February 1-14 will incur a $50 USD late fee, regardless of entry creation date.

All physical media (print, collateral, 3D, etc) must reach The One Club office by February 14, 2020.

This deadline period has ended! *Please note that each entry completed in the system after February 14 will incur a $75 USD late fee, regardless of entry creation date.

All offline payments must reach The One Club within 15 business days of the invoice date.


PRIDE JERSEY Agency: TBWA\HAKUHODO Inc. / Tokyo Client: AIG Category: Design for Good / Fashion Design - Campaign
Scars of Democracy Agency: SERVICEPLAN GERMANY / Munich Client: STROKE ART FAIR GmbH Category: Mural / Series
The Flip Agency: We Are Unlimited / Chicago + We Are Unlimited/The Marketing Store / Chicago + DDB New York / New York City + DDB Canada / Vancouver Client: McDonald's Category: Integrated - Branding / Campaign
Blink To Speak Agency: TBWAIndia / Mumbai Client: NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute / Asha Ek Hope Foundation Category: Design for Good / Product Design - Single

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