Entry Rules

How to Enter

This year, we’re excited to announce we will be using a new online submission platform, Iceberg. All entries should be entered via the Iceberg app.

We also took a fresh look at the categories, and revamped those a bit! Take a look at our Categories list page to decide which category applies to your entry. If you need help deciding which category is best, please contact us at info@cadc.org.


To be representative of work produced in this region, at least one aspect of the creative execution must have been accomplished in Connecticut. The piece must be entered in the category that represents that aspect. For example, if only the Photography was done for an Annual Report by a Connecticut creative then it must be entered in the Photography category, not in the Annual Reports category. All work produced between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2021 is eligible.

As part of accepting submissions from 2019, we’ll be accepting student submissions from students who graduated in 2020.


The judges may select as many awards of Gold, Silver, and Excellence as they see fit. In addition to the category awards, Best of Show will be awarded if there is a single piece that stands out above the rest. Also, the Richard Hess Spirit of Creativity Award may be given to the piece that best exemplifies innovation or excellence in concept or execution in any entry that does not win for Best of Show. Also, the judges may choose Judges’ Awards for those pieces that stand out above the rest but do not win for the Richard Hess Spirit of Creativity Award or Best of Show. The last award is the Emerging Excellence, introduced in 2019 and selected unanimously by the judges, this award shines a light on the potential of one especially talented student.

Note: Individual pieces can be entered into as many categories as you like, but will only be able to win awards in two design categories and one photography/illustration category. The judges will decide which categories are most suited for each individual piece to win.

Entry Preparation

Please make sure no personal or company/agency names are on entries (aside from self-promotion categories) to ensure fairness and anonymity in judging.

Entry Technical Guidelines

Here are some technical and file recommendations to make your entry process run as smoothly as possible.


Upload standard definition or HD video files. Iceberg’s video platform is powered by Vimeo. Click here for video compression recommendations directly from Vimeo to ensure your videos are presented as clearly as possible.

There is a maximum video file size of 1 GB per video.

Accepted file formats include: .AVI, .MOV, .MP4.


Upload the highest resolution version of the image without exceeding the maximum file size of 25 MB per image.

Accepted file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .JPEG, .GIF.


There is a maximum document file size of 25 MB per document.

Accepted file formats include: .PDF.


Attach website URLs for your entry.

Entry Fees

Submission fees are $75 per entry, and CADC members receive a 30% discount. Submission fees are $25 per entry for current students.*

* Students must include a copy of a current student I.D. card when signing up for their CADC membership.

Early Bird Discount: Entries submitted on or before April 22, 2021, are $65. If you are a CADC member you will receive a 30% discount. Early Bird pricing for current students will $15 per entry.

Late Fee Submissions: All entries submitted from May 15, 2021 through May 21, 2021 are $105 each. If you are a CADC member you will receive a 30% discount.

Payment by credit card must be made online with submissions.


The deadline for entry is May 21, 2021. All work MUST be submitted by May 21, 2021, 5 p.m. using the Iceberg app. If you have any questions about the new process, please contact us at info@cadc.org.