Never Settle

Our Spirit is Everlasting

This year has been nothing short of incredible. No one in our creative community could have predicted this global pandemic. Nor could they have foreseen how it impacted so many industries, including our own. But our strength will always be found within our creative spirit. It makes us stand apart – and endure. We continue to harness it in the face of every challenging strategy, client request and now, crisis.

While the 2020 CSCA Creative Best Awards Show will undoubtedly be different, there is still much to celebrate. We continue to leave our mark on the culture of Columbus, making it a beacon of creative influence across the world. This pandemic will end and we will come out even stronger.

To this end, we now invite you to enter your work online by September 17th.

How to enter

Creative Best is open to CSCA members and non-members living within 75 miles of Columbus. Students living within the state of Ohio may enter their student work completed within an accredited arts, design, business or communication curriculum. Winners will be honored at our annual awards show on November 19th.

This year all work must be entered through our online submission website. No physical work will be accepted and the judging process will take place exclusively online. Keep this in mind when creating your entries.

Entry deadline

September 17, 2020 11:59pm

Entry Pricing

Professional Member Entry – $50
Professional Non-Member Entry – $60

Student Member Entry – $10
Student Non-Member Entry – $15

Campaign category entries are an additional $5.
Reduced price categories (Didn’t Make It and The Greater Good) cost $30/$35 to enter.

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Categories

Digital Ad

Digital content, banner ads, social media ads, email ads, site takeovers

Interactive

Design for websites, apps, digital and publishing, interactive installations

Environmental

Wall graphics, signage, point of sale, interior and exterior design, booths, wayfinding systems, dimensional space design, billboards

Identity

Brand systems, collection of branded touchpoints, identity launch collateral (business cards, letterhead, swag, etc.)

Logo

A single logo and/or word mark on a page. No more, no less

Copywriting

Writing in sales, promotional materials, website content, case studies and white papers. Writing in radio ads. Blog posts and articles

Illustration

Illustration, illustrated typography, hand lettering, or iconography for print, packaging, digital, web, spot editorial and books

Photography – Lifestyle

Photographs or photographic series of people, objects, scenes, environmental portraits, documentary, landscape, brand images, photo illustration

Photography – Product

Photographs or photographic series of people, objects, products, portraits, food, interior, architectural, photo illustration

Print – Product

Printed design work that is for sale. Art posters, apparel design, stationary, pins and patches

Print – Long Form

Printed pieces 8 or more pages in length. Periodical and book design, self-promotional print, annual reports, catalogs

Print – Short Form

Printed work under 8 pages. Cards, invitations and announcements, self-promotional prints, menus, brochures, direct mail

Packaging

Graphics and labels, consumer goods packaging, packaging for promotional pieces, other three-dimensional objects

Animation

Moving Illustration: Animated videos, Cartoons, animated commercials, educational videos

Motion

Moving Graphic Design: Motion graphics, kinetic type and iconography, opening sequences, trailers

Video – Long Form

Video or series of videos each over 30 seconds. Live action. Promotional, television ads, educational, trailers, demo reels. Focus on footage, editing, cinematography

Video – Short Form

Video or series of videos each under 30 seconds. Live action. Promotional, television ads, educational, trailers, demo reels. Focus on footage, editing, cinematography

Campaign

A set of three or more related pieces from one or more other categories

Didn’t Make It

Reduced Price: Any piece from any category that was going to be great but got killed off by the client, creative director, budget, etc. Comps, storyboards and other partially finished work

The Greater Good

Reduced Price: Any piece unique to this year that was created for the greater good – signage, posters, online statements, PSAs, installations, etc. that was made to inspire change for the better

Student – Digital

Websites, apps, banner ads, social media ads, email ads, site takeovers

Student – Identity

Logos, logos systems, identity launch collateral

Student – Print

Packaging, signage, posters, billboards, apparel design, stationary, pins and patches, cards, periodicals and books, self-promotional, menus, brochures, direct mail

Student – Illustration

Illustration, illustrated typography, hand lettering, or iconography for print, packaging, digital, web applications, spot editorial and books, illustrated poster design

Student – Photography

Photographs or photo illustration for editorial, print, advertising or photographic series

Student – Video

Motion graphics, animation or live action video or series of videos

Student – Campaign

A set of three or more related pieces from one or more other categories

We are stronger together

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