Apple is now accepting nominations for its annual Apple Design Awards.

The Apple Design Awards recognize state of the art iOS and OS X apps that reflect the very best in design, innovation, and technology adoption, according to Apple. There are a few criteria that must be met in order for an app to be considered:

Apps have to be on the App Store or Mac App Store by 1 May, 2012.

They must be: “Well-Designed, inviting, engaging, easy to use, intuitive, and compelling”.

Apps should: “Take advantage of the latest hardware, OS releases, and technologies to offer rich functionality, high performance, and extensive system integration.

And innovative apps that: “Are revolutionary, inspiring, and do things in new and creative ways,” will be considered.

The awards will take place at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.

Nominate your apps here. You will need to be registered as an Apple Developer.