Adobe has announced its 2005 Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

The company is requesting entries now for its fifth awards, which have been expanded into ten countries and nine competition categories.

Adobe's awards aim to recognise the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, film makers and computer artists.

Last year's awards invited entries from the US, Canada and UK. This year, artists from those countries will be joined by those from Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland.

Nine awards

Nine awards categories have been announced: environmental graphics, digital illustration, digital photography/imaging, interactive design, print design, self-expression and time-based media. Two new categories - animation and broadcast design - have been announced.

"The program recognizes the best and the brightest design students, and for many winners launches their careers in the creative profession," said Melissa Dyrdahl, senior vice president of corporate marketing and communications at Adobe.

"By opening the competition to students worldwide, and providing more opportunities to win, the program continues to cultivate a new generation of technological innovation and creative inspiration."

Small print

To qualify, entrants must use Adobe products to make their project. Entries will be judged by an independent six-strong team of adjudicators. Finalists get a trip to New York City, and a chance to showcase their work. First place winners receive $5,000 and a selection of Adobe products.

Students will be able to submit entries from March 14, 2005, to April 29, 2005. The entries will be judged in May, with the finalists contacted shortly thereafter. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on July 21, 2005, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.