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Official Rules • ADC Young Guns

Official Rules


ADC Young Guns for Good Ad Contest (“Contest”) starts on March 14, 2013 at 12:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends at 11:59 pm ET on March 22, 2013 (“Contest Period”). 

ELIGIBILITY: Contest is only open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia who are members of the Art Director’s Club Young Guns community.  Employees of Art Director’s Club (“Sponsor”), its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies, and members of their immediate family (spouse and parent, children and siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, of such employees, are not eligible to enter or win. Void where prohibited by law. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. By participating, each entrant agrees to abide by these official rules (“Official Rules”) and decisions of Sponsor and judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects relating to this Contest.

HOW TO ENTER:  During the Contest Period, visit and follow the directions to complete the entry form and include a link to one piece of existing artwork created solely by you that is indicative of your style (“Entry”). Artwork submitted as part of Entry will not be reproduced by Sponsor and entrant will retain all rights to such artwork.  Artwork must be submitted in one of the following formats: JPG or single page PDF and cannot exceed 10 MB. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or by any means which subvert the entry process are void.  Limit one (1) Entry per person/email address. Multiple entries will be void. All Entries become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be returned.  

CONTENT RESTRICTIONS:  Entries may not contain, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, any content that:

is sexually explicit or suggestive; unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; 

profane or pornographic; contains nudity;

promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message;

is obscene or offensive; endorses any form of hate or hate group; 

appears to duplicate any other submitted Entry;  

defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about Sponsor, its products or services, other people or companies;

contains trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others, without permission, to the extent permission is necessary; 

contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including music, photographs, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media), without permission, to the extent permission is necessary;

contains materials embodying the names, likenesses, voices, or other indicia identifying any person (living or dead), such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead, without permission, to the extent permission is necessary; 

communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will with which Sponsor wishes to associate; and/or

violates any law.

Entry must be the original work of the entrant, may not have been created for any client and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity.  

By submitting an Entry, entrant represents and warrants that the Entry conforms to these Official Rules and understands that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may disqualify the Entry for any reason, including if it determines, in its sole discretion, that the Entry fails to conform to these Official Rules in any way or otherwise contains unacceptable content as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. 

JUDGING:  All eligible Entries received by Sponsor will be judged by a panel of qualified judges consisting of representatives of Sponsor, Google and the participating charities, to determine one (1) entrant for each charity whose style is most suitable to create an advertisement for that charity, for a total of three (3) winners. Sponsor reserves the right to request additional pieces of artwork from any entrant during the judging process.  Sponsor reserves the right to not select winners for all charities if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries.  All decisions of the Sponsor and judges are final and binding.  Sponsor will not reveal the judging scores for any Entry.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Potential winners will be notified by telephone, mail and/or email and may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and Publicity Release (unless prohibited by law), which must be returned within five (5) days of date appearing on prize notification. Return of prize notification as undeliverable, failure to sign and return requested documentation within the specified time period, the inability of Sponsor to contact a potential winner within a reasonable time period or noncompliance with these Official Rules by any potential winner will result in disqualification and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, the prize may be awarded to a runner-up.  If any winner is an eligible minor, all required documentation must be executed by such minor’s parent or legal guardian.  

PRIZES (3): Each winner will have the opportunity to create a full page advertisement on behalf of the applicable charity on a pro-bono basis.  The ad will appear in USA Today in April 2013 (exact dates and duration to be determined by Sponsor) (“Ad Creation”). This prize has no cash value.  Ad Creation must be each winner’s own original work, may not have been previously published, may not have won previous awards, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity.  Ad Creation must comply with the Content Restrictions set forth in these Official Rules and any other guidelines provided to winners in connection with creating the advertisement (incorporated herein by reference). Final Ad Creation must be submitted to Sponsor for approval by no later than April 14, 2013. Sponsor and/or applicable charity reserve the right to modify the Ad Creation and/or to request a winner make changes to any Ad Creation after it has been submitted. Sponsor and/or applicable charity reserve the right to not use an Ad Creation.  In the event it is not possible for the Ad Creation to appear in USA Today, no compensation or substitution will be provided.

OWNERSHIP OF AD CREATIONS: Each winner grants all right, title and interest in the Ad Creation to Sponsor and applicable charity who may edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, display, perform, create derivative works based upon, or otherwise exploit the Ad Creation, in whole or in part, in any manner or media now known or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity for advertising, promotional and other purposes, without further compensation, notification or permission. Winner understands that Sponsor has no obligation to make use of the rights granted herein. Without limiting the foregoing, each winner will have the right to include the Ad Creation as part of his/her portfolio.

PUBLICITY GRANT: By participating, each entrant agrees to the use by Sponsor, Google, participating charities and their respective designees of his/her name, voice, biographical information, image and/or likeness for advertising, publicity, promotional and other purposes, in any and all media now or hereafter known, worldwide in perpetuity, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) or additional consents from entrant or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so.  

RELEASE OF LIABILITY:  By participating, each entrant agrees to release, indemnify, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor, Google, participating charities, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity, the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize and/or Sponsor’s use of the rights granted herein.

GENERAL CONDITIONS Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, delayed, misdirected, undelivered, or garbled Entries, email or mail; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of Entries, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials.  Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest.  Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website.  Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest or website, who act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated Entries will be void. Should any portion of the Contest be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of Entries, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest and, if terminated, at its discretion, select the potential winners from all eligible, non-suspect Entries received prior to action taken using the judging procedure outlined above or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor.


REQUEST FOR WINNERS LIST: For the winners list (available after April 1, 2013), send an email to

Sponsor: Art Director’s Club, 106 West 29th Street, New York, NY 10001.

ADC Young Guns For Good • ADC Young Guns

ADC Young Guns For Good

Introducing Young Guns For Good. A brand new initiative aimed at connecting charitable causes with top creative talent within the Young Guns community.

Interested Young Guns will have the opportunity to work on high profile creative projects for very worthy causes. Our inaugural project is in partnership with Google Creative Lab through which three ADC Young Guns will design three ads that will run in USA TODAY to benefit charities involved with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Our friends at Google Creative Lab, recent winner of the USA TODAY 2012 Print Competition, have elected to donate the prize, $1 million in advertising media spend, to ADC Young Guns For Good’s inaugural project.

The first ADC Young Guns for Good project will focus on charities benefiting Hurricane Sandy relief. Empire State Relief Fund, Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and will each be paired up with one ADC Young Gun to develop and execute a full-page color ad that will run in USA TODAY in mid-April.

Those who endured Hurricane Sandy need our help and need it quickly, therefor timing on this initiative is quite tight. Young Guns will be selected by Friday, March 29 and files will be due Sunday, April 14.

Click here for Official Rules

Note: We thank those who have expressed an interest in ADC Young Guns for Good. Applications are no longer being accepted.  


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ADC Young Guns 13 - Deadline March 31, 2015 (Final Extension w/ Late Fee until April 10, 2015)

Young Guns is the industry’s only international portfolio-based awards competition for animators, illustrators, self-filtering pool inventors, scar-typographers, sound architects, avant-garde programmers & everything-elsers age 30 & under. 

The program is open internationally to creatives who have been working for at least two years, full-time or freelance. Eligible entrants can submit a combination of professional and personal work. 

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Rules • ADC Young Guns



ADC Young Guns is an international competition open to all who qualify.

Entrants must be professionals working in the field(s) of graphic design, photography, illustration, advertising, art direction, environmental design, film, animation, motion graphics, interactive design, typography, architecture, copywriting, product design, package design, product design, fashion design, furniture design, interior design, sound design or industrial design. If your work does not fit within any of these categories, this does not necessarily mean that it isn’t eligible – email to make sure.

Entrants must be 30 years of age or younger on the day entries open and must have been working professionally for at least 2 years (both full-time and freelance work qualify). We will require a proof of age in the form of a Passport, State ID or drivers license.

If you are a student with two years of the working life under your belt, you are also eligible to enter. 

Previous ADC Young Guns entrants ARE eligible to enter, but past ADC Young Guns winners are NOT eligible to enter subsequent cycles of the competition. 


6-10 pieces of professional and personal work. A maximum of half of your pieces submitted can be personal work. The rest must be professional, published work. Unpublished and client-rejected spec work counts as personal work. 

Work entered does not need to have been created in a particular year - entries will be judged as a portfolio of work. Submissions need not conform to any specific media categories. Your submitted portfolio may feature work in one medium or several. 



Late entries will be accepted from April 1, 2015 to April 10, 2015, but will incur a late fee of $25 USD in addition to the regular entry fee of $135. 


ADC is a non-profit organization which strives to connect, provoke, and elevate individuals of all ages and professional levels within the communication arts industry. Proceeds From Young Guns help fund all ADC programs, including our scholarship fund, Saturday Career Workshops, National Studio Portfolio Review, and the Henry Wolfe Photography Workshop. Explore all of ADC’s programming by visiting


Winners are awarded the ADC Young Guns Cube, re-designed exclusively for each year’s class. Their best work is showcased in an exhibition at ADC Gallery. The exhibition also travels in digital and print form to various international venues, and is added to ADC’s permanent collection online. 

In addition, each winner receives one year of free membership to the ADC and becomes part of the ADC Young Guns Network. ADC Young Guns are regularly featured in ADC events, the Young Guns blog and twitter feed, and are eligible for an assortment of career-boosting benefits from ADC Young Guns sponsors.

Most importantly though, winners gain a spot within a very exclusive, very special community: The Young Guns. 

Partners / Sponsors • ADC Young Guns

Partners / Sponsors

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Terms & Conditions • ADC Young Guns

Terms & Conditions

All entrants to the ADC Annual Awards and ADC Young Guns grant The Art Directors Club, Inc. the right to reproduce their entries in whole or in part in any media now known or hereafter created, including but not limited to, the Art Directors Annual, ADC Young Guns catalog and in other publications, media and archives sponsored or published by or on behalf of The Art Directors Club. 

All entries to the Annual Awards and ADC Young Guns become the property of The Art Directors Club. Entrants also agree to indemnify and hold The Art Directors Club harmless of any claims whatsoever, including but not limited to those that may be made against it by reason of any use of their entries permitted by this agreement. The Art Directors Club does not guarantee a winner in every category, as the nature of the competition is subject to jury discretion. 


The Art Directors Club may, at its sole discretion, charge a service fee for use of materials, and may reproduce any and all materials in whole or in part as it deems appropriate. Upon publication of entries, the entrant will be notified and may be required to absorb any talent or other residual charges that may be incurred if these charges are not waived by the individuals or unions involved.

Privacy Policy • ADC Young Guns

Privacy Policy

Protecting your privacy is important to the ADC. We strive to keep your personal information confidential. The ADC does not share your personal information with those sponsors who partner with the ADC and is not responsible for their privacy practices. 

To save you time and make our entry process even easier to use, the ADC website allows you to create an account using your personal information. The system saves your information so next time you log in you can simply enter your email and password - the system will automatically look up the information it needs. This reduces the need for you to continually input your details.   


Contact • ADC Young Guns


​Art Directors Club

106 West 29th Street

New York, NY 10001

Phone: 212-643-1440

Fax: 212-643-4266


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About • ADC Young Guns


ADC Young Guns® honors the vanguard of creative professionals who let loose their imaginations, shattering conventions and breaking boundaries with a dash of brilliance and personal flair.

Visual arts, media, and design today are in a state of daily evolution, cross-pollinating ideas between their many disciplines. Industry categories that once defined the creative professional—photography, illustration, advertising, design, film, the list goes on—have expanded to include newly synthesized versions of these fields. These days, a spirit of hybridization is on the rise, bucking tradition to fuse any number of creative pathways in search of a new direction. At the forefront of this ongoing revolution, the minds of ambitious young visionaries are at work and in play.

Those of you who’ve set your minds to making a name for yourself, raising new standards from within cubicles, conference rooms, cramped apartments, and studios across the world—this is your chance to put those battle cries in action.If you’re age thirty or under and have two years of the working life under your belt,we’d like you to show us what it’s all about.

Submissions are accepted every spring, with a launch party to mark the opening of the call for entries. During the summer, past ADC Young Guns jury the work and sort through the submissions which pour in from all over the world, and select those who will join their ranks. Winning work is honored in an exhibition at the ADC Gallery in the fall. At the opening party for the exhibition, winners claim their custom designed ADC Young Guns Cube.

In the year that follows, the exhibition travels digitally to various international venues. Select ADC Young Guns are invited to participate at speaker events at the ADC Gallery, and at the Apple Stores worldwide, where an ongoing speaker series is held.

On its quest to identify the brightest young professionals across myriad creative disciplines, ADC Young Guns has become more than just a competition—it now comprises a community network of rebels and prodigies, unsung heroes and rising stars. Over the years, our roster has grown to include some exceptional talent, among them Stefan Sagmeister (YG1), Rei Inamoto (YG4), James Victore (YG1), Ryan McGinness (YG2), floto+warner (YG5), Alexander Gelman (YG1), Deanne Cheuk (YG4), Todd St. John (YG1), Scott Stowell (YG3), Mike Mills (YG1), and Alex Trochut (YG6).