Professional designers or teams and design students from the member cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) who make outstanding contributions through their creativity can be registered as candidates for the SDAY.


  • Communication


    Brand & identity, packaging design, publications, typography, posters, illustrations, information visualization

  • Interactive media

    Interactive media

    Interactive design, website UI design, PC and mobile UX design, animation design, game & software design, motion picture and television design

  • Industrial design

    Industrial design

    Automobile, furniture, product design

  • Spatial design

    Spatial design

    Architectural design, landscape design, interior design, urban and public guiding system design

  • Fashion design

    Fashion design

    Apparel, accessories, texture design, dyeing & knitting

  • Public service design and design thinking in public policy

    Public service design and design thinking in public policy

  • Others



Registration, nominations and entries submissions are free. However, entrants are responsible for all logistic and insurance costs.


  • Professional

    Grand Award

    Grand Award

    100,000 RMB per winner

    Merit Award

    Merit Award

    30,000 RMB per winner

  • Student

    New Star Award

    New Star Award

    20,000 RMB per winner

  • Best Nominator Award

    Best Nominator

    Best Nominator

    Honorary prize



The Best Nominator Award recognizes the nominator who provides the best supports and cooperation for the Jury and the Secretariat or who nominates the most winners. SDPA would select the winner(s) with assistance from the Jury.

Prize payment:

1. The payment of the prize will be arranged after the SDAY Awarding Ceremony and paid in accordance with fiscal regulations and tax procedures of the People's Republic of China. Taxes of up to 20% may be levied on winnings.

2. The payment of the prize could take up to 6 months (starting from the second day of the Awarding Ceremony). Winners are required to provide all the materials needed for the payment to the SDAY secretariat before deadline. If submission of materials is delayed, the recipient of the prize changes or any other situation happens on the winner's account, the SDAY Secretariat has the right to postpone the payment and Secretariat's explanation shall be final.

3. All prizes are pre-tax amount. All prizes are subject to income tax in accordance with local law, or SDA Secretariat can pay the prize after paying tax on winners' behalves.

4. International winners are strongly suggested to receive the prize via personal bank account. If Recipient differs from the winner, a signed/stamped authorization letter is required for payment.


  • 2019.9.9-11.30

    Call for entries worldwide

  • 2019.11.30

    Deadline for online registration and tangible works submission

    (time for arrival at the Secretariat’s warehouse)

  • 2019.12

    Final judging and results announcement

  • 2020.8

    Awarding Ceremony

  • 2020.8.15-30



All nominees must submit documents online at the official website of the SDAY before 18:00 Beijing Time (GMT+8:00), November 30, 2019 by finishing following steps (all materials must be in English)

  • 01

    Read carefully and agree to the Terms and Conditions.

  • 02

    Find your nominator on the nomination page. 

  • 03

    Log in with username and password provided by your nominator.

  • 04

    Complete designer and project information.

  • 05

    Confirm and submit your projects.

  • 06

    Arrange shipping of your tangible projects (if any) to the Secretariat and ensure that they arrive before November 30, 2019. (pls follow instructions in the Shipping Manual in download page)

  • The entries submitted by professionals shall be works that are complete, have been implemented or have become available on the market. The entries shall be completed between January 1, 2017 and October 31, 2019.


    Conceptual designs or designs that are still under development and/or have not yet been commercially launched, as well as works for displaying, prototypes, renderings and artist’s impressions are eligible as entries only for the student group.

  • Entries submitted for the previous SDAY are NOT accepted for the 2019 award.


    All entrants shall be natives of or have been living for at least two years in one of the UNESCO Creative Cities or Hong Kong.

    Entries shall be submitted only by the nominator, or by the designer or the team’s representative with the authorization by the nominator. Each entrant can submit no more than 10 pieces of works.


Awarding ceremony is postponed and rescheduled to take place online in Shenzhen on Sunday 16th August 2020 during Shenzhen Design Week. All winners including the Best Nominator Award winners will be invited to the awarding ceremony. Due to the impact of the epidemic this year, the ceremony is taking place virtually for the first time, enabling this event to continue its role to encourage cross-disciplinary and cross-border exchange and communication. We hope that by creating an environment where design is inclusive regardless of nationalities, young talents and new generations of designers can enjoy this opportunity to express their thoughts and be exposed to larger audience.