Red Dot: Junior Award

Part of the Red Dot Award: Communication Design is the Red Dot: Junior Award, which is intended for up and coming young designers. Apprentices, students and young professionals (up to two years post-graduation) run the chance to apply for the distinction “Red Dot” with their works in 17 categories.

The talents must show proof of their apprenticeship, a student identity card or a copy of their diploma in order to get a 20% discount on the registration fee. They can enter projects, regardless of the date of origin.

Besides the distinctions “Red Dot” and “Red Dot: Best of the Best”, the jury  awards the “Red Dot: Junior Prize”, endowed with 10,000 Euros. It goes to the best project of an up and coming young designer.

Morover, all laureates of the Red Dot: Junior Award receive a 40% discount on the Winner Package. It includes the presentation in the yearbook, in the Winners’ Exhibition, online and in the Red Dot App.

Especially young designers have fresh ideas and produce outstanding creative works. Therefore, the Red Dot: Junior Award aims at providing creative young professionals a successful start into the world of design and to make access to the industry and agencies easier for new talents. Being awarded with the Red Dot gives them the opportunity to communicate their success towards the media. This is why the participation in the competition is a great chance to strengthen the trust of potential clients in the creative achievements of young talents.

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    Who can participate in the Red Dot: Junior Award?

    The Red Dot: Junior Award is a separate competition that is nevertheless organised in the framework of the Red Dot Award: Communication Design. It is open to students from universities, other institutions of higher learning and vocational schools, as well as to young designers who have graduated within the last two years. Applicants must show proof of enrolment in an institution of higher learning or vocational school or a copy of their diploma. Unlike the Red Dot Award: Communication Design, the date of origin of the submitted work is irrelevant for this competition.

    Is there just one winner out of the Red Dot: Junior Award?

    Everyone participating in the Red Dot: Junior Award has the same chance as every other participant for his work to be awarded with the Red Dot or the Red Dot: Best of the Best. The participant with the most convincing project of the competition’s year furthermore receives the “Red Dot: Junior Prize”, 10,000 EUR to launch their career as well as special mention in Red Dot exhibitions and press releases.

    How can I enter my work in the Red Dot: Junior Award?

    Our „How to Enter“ video explains the whole registration process for the Red Dot Award: Communication Design step by step.

    Here you can find an overview of all our categories and our Guides to Success in nine different languages. In our Guides to Success the whole registration process for each category is explained in detail in order to be able to register your work successfully.

    How is my work going to be judged?

    The junior works will be judged within the framework of the Red Dot Award: Communication Design like all other projects. However, the judges will be informed when it comes to junior works. After all decisions have been made and all awards have been given, the winner of Red Dot: Junior Prize will be chosen out of all Red Dot: Best of the Best winners. Each juror must give his or her vote.

    How can I ask my university for support?

    Unfortunately, it‘s not always that easy for students to get support from universities. In case your university wants to support your submission, we are happy to answer any questions or provide more information.

    In case you have any further questions, contact us via email ( or by phone: +49 201 30104 49

  • Participation fees 2017

    20% Junior Award-discount included:

    Early Bird

    (27 February – 2 April 2017)

    156.00 EUR*, net | 185.64 EUR, incl. VAT


    (3 April – 14 May 2017)

    196.00 EUR*, net | 232.24 EUR, incl. VAT


    (15 May – 9 June 2017)

    252.00 EUR*, net | 299.88 EUR, incl. VAT

    *All prices are subject to statutory VAT in Germany.

    The following services are included in the participation fees:

    1. Acceptance and storage
    2. preparation of a jury dossier
    3. preparation of the information on the project
    4. presentation of the project during the jury session and, in the case of an award, storage until the special exhibition.

    Optional costs

    95,00 EUR*, net | 113,05 EUR, incl. VAT

    *All prices are subject to statutory VAT in Germany.

    This fee includes the insurance for the work during shipping, insofar as the insurable value of the work was indicated on the application.

    Costs in case of an award

    40% Junior Award-discount included:

    Red Dot Standard

    985.00 EUR*, net | 1,172.15 EUR, incl. VAT

    Red Dot Extended

    1,293.00 EUR*, net | 1,538.67 EUR, incl. VAT

    Red Dot: Best of the Best

    1,395.00 EUR*, net | 1,660.05 EUR, incl. VAT

    *All prices are subject to statutory VAT in Germany.

    Winner Package service:

    1. Press service
    2. Red Dot Winner label
    3. 2 winners’ certificates
    4. 1 Red Dot Trophy (for Red Dot: Best of the Best winners)
    5. Presentation in the winners’ exhibition in Berlin
    6. Exhibition in the context of Red Dot on Tour
    7. Publication in the International Yearbook Communication Design 2016/2017
    8. Complimentary copy of the yearbook
    9. Online presentation
    10. Presentation in the Red Dot App
    11. Video clip of the awarded project (for Red Dot: Best of the Best winners)
  • Red Dot: Junior Prize

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    The Red Dot: Junior Prize is given to the best work of a trainee, student or young designer of a competition’s year. The objective is to facilitate their access to the professional world, allowing them to convince potential clients of their own skills as early as possible.

    The software company Adobe is sponsor of the „Red Dot: Junior Prize 2015“. The worldwide leading manufacturer for digital solutions will sponsor the prize money of 10,000 Euro or the distinction. Red Dot and Adobe share the view that training creative approaches as early as possible to the challenges of today’s working world is a decisive factor for economic and professional success. The sponsorship partnership aims to enhance this involvement so that new ideas can result in the solutions of the future.

    “In all Red Dot competitions, we promote the real professionals amongst the young talents. Consequently, the Red Dot: Junior Prize goes only to those up-andcoming designers who have already demonstrated their outstanding abilities with a Red Dot: Best of the Best. It is in the period between finishing academic education and getting the first full-time job that sponsorship is most urgently needed and can be put to its best use. I am thrilled about the involvement of Adobe, a company that has also been associated with good design on an international level for decades. The Red Dot Design Award has thus acquired an ideal sponsor and partner that has a strong reputation in the industry while at the same time being independent from the competition” (Professor Dr Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot)


  • Why to take part?

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    The decision to take part in the competition is far more difficult for young designers than for „professionals“. Sometimes, the award costs or uncertainty about the presentation of their works discourage young talents to take part in the competition. Therefore, the Red Dot: Junior Award offers a discount on all junior submissions and winner packages. Mustafa Karakaş, former winner of the Red Dot: Junior Prize, knows why it‘s totally worth it to participate:

    „Until now, reactions have only been positive. At the Red Dot Gala many designers congratulated me. Also many designers from other countries like Singapore or the UK were impressed by my work. Even today, I get many phone calls and messages from galleries, companies and associations who want to congratulate me and offer me collaborations.“

    „Young professionals and up-and-coming talents should definitely hand in their works in competitions. So you have the chance to check if you can convince others with your works and if you can keep up with renowned designers and agencies, already at an early stage. It is a perfect door opener and makes the career start a lot easier. It pushes your self-esteem. Students should not have any scruples to participate and hand in their projects. And in your portfolio it is that “extra something “.

    Read the whole interview here