These are a few design competitions that feature the best in graphic design, motion, interactive and illustration. Not only is it great to look to for inspiration, but many of these also sponsor student competitions. It is highly recommended to enter competitions as a student, it says a lot to get into a highly competitive venue, but it also shows that you are serious enough about your design work to enter. The exposure can be amazing, you can get a call from anywhere in the world if your work is showcased in a national competition.

Professional Competitions (with some student categories included)

Art Directors Club of Denver
Communication Arts
Print Magazine
HOW Magazine

Young Professionals

ADC Young Guns

Student Oriented Competitions

Art Directors Club of Denver Student Show
CMYK Magazine
Computer Arts
Adobe Achievement Awards
The One Show College Competition

Interactive Focused

Webby Awards
SXSW Interactive Awards

Illustration & Photography Focused

Society of Illustrators
American Illustration & American Photography
3 X 3 Magazine

Motion Graphics

SXSW Title Awards
Motionographer Cream

Advertising Oriented

Denver 50 Ad Club
The One Show

Scientific Visualization

NSF SciVis Awards