Contest Policy

Motionographer makes a distinction between speculative work contests and showcase contests.

Speculative Work Contests

For speculative work contests, contestants are asked to create an original project for the purposes of the contest. This work is often used for promotional purposes later. As a general rule, we do not endorse initiatives that ask professionals to create this type of work.

Showcase Contests or Industry Award Competitions

For showcase contests, contestants submit work that’s already been completed (presumably for a paying client or self-initiated) in the hopes that it will win industry attention. Examples include the D&AD Awards, Adobe Design Achievement Awards and First Boards Awards.

Our Policy

Motionographer’s policy is to endorse and support reputable showcase contests but not speculative work contests. Our policy is derived from the following sources:

About the author

Justin Cone

Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.