11 Design Contests to Enter in April and May

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Get ready for some late nights and espresso overloads because the latest edition of design contests to enter is ready for your viewing pleasure. Below are 11 contests with deadlines in April and May giving you ample time to panic, prep, and deliver. Are you entering any? Let us know in the comments section and we’ll cheer you on.

1. Apple Watch Accessories 3D Printing Challenge


Deadline: April 1, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all
Prize: Prizes are awarded for the best individual design and the best portfolio of designs (more than ten original ideas). The first prize for individual model and best portfolio is a 3Doodler 2.0 pen, $150, 200 credits for CGTrader products, and promotion through CGTrader. The two runners up for best individual model receive prizes of lesser awesomeness.
Find out more here.

2. Innovations in Life Jacket Design


Deadline: April 15, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all
Prize: First place-$10,000 Second place-$3,000 Third place-$2,000
Find out more here.

3. Pinshape ELLE Jewelry Design Contest


Deadline: April 15, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all
Prize: The top three winning designs for 3D printable jewelry are rewarded. The first place designer wins a Kudo3D Titan 1 3D Printer worth $3000, $750 for ELLE Time & Jewelry products, a Video or phone interview for an ELLE designer position, and coverage on social media. The second place winner receives $750 in ELLE Jewelry, an interview for a designer position, and coverage on social media, and the third place winner receives an interview and social media coverage.
Find out more here.

4. FilmDoo Film Poster Creativity Competition


Deadline: April 30, 2015
Eligibility: Entrants must be at least 18 years old. Must have Behance and FilmDoo accounts
Prize: Top 3 posters will receive a prize package that includes the paid opportunity to design a film poster for a UK distributor, a one year license for Adobe Creative Cloud, one year Behance Prosite Account, $1,500 voucher from Scan, software from NVIDIA, $1,500 worth of courses from Raindance, and a signed copy of the book “What I Love About Movies” from Little White Lies.

Top 5 posters will be printed and shared at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Find out more here.

5. Communication Arts 2015 Design Award


Deadline: Regular May 1, 2015 Extended: May 15, 2015 with $10 entry fee
Eligibility: “Any design project printed, published or aired for the first time from May 2014 through May 2015 is eligible.” Student entries must have been created for a school assignment. Entry fees vary by project, but single entries are $45 for most categories. Students receive a discount on entry.
Prize: Winning entrants receive an Award of Excellence trophy, and an award certificate. They will be featured in the print and digital editions of one of the Commarts publications, and on the Commarts website
Find out more here.

6. Spark Awards


Deadline: Regular May 15, 2015, Late June 15, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all. There are eight categories for potential entries. All categories are broken down on the contest website.
Prize: Exposure on multiple platforms
Find out more here.

7-11 Creative Allies Contests


Creative Allies, an online community and contest launcher that connects artists and designers with figures from the music industry, has five contests ending from April-May. The winners of each contest receive $500 as well as a specific contest related prize. All contests are free to enter and designs can be uploaded through the Creative Allies site.

7. Design a Logo for Copenhagen Pride


Deadline: April 5, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all
Specific prize: the designer will be mentioned in the press release, on social media, and the design will be used for all of the festival’s visual branding
Find out more here.

8. Design a T-Shirt for The Offspring


Deadline: April 9, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all
Specific prize: The winning design on the band’s new t-shirt, an $100 for The Offspring’s online store
Find out more here.

9. Create Scenes from the Zombie Apocalypse


Deadline: April 14, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all
Specific prize: some winning designs may be sold at the Creative Allies store and will receive royalties for each product sold
Find out more here.

10. Design a Postcard Inspired by Ringo Starr


Deadline: May 1, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all
Specific prize: A Ringo Starr prize pack
Find out more here.

11. Design Illustration-based Album Art for Eminem


Deadline: May 4, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all
Specific prize: an Eminem prize pack
Find out more here.

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