Apple has expanded its Design Awards, introducing new prizes for QuickTime content creation, supplementing its existing application software awards.

The three new awards recognize the best QuickTime content created both by a company, an individual and a student.

The awards recognize technical excellence in QuickTime authoring, production value, advanced-encoding quality, innovation and ease of use in content navigation. The deadline for submissions is May 15.

Apple's Application Software Design Awards recognize: best OS X product; bestOS X Student product; best OS X user experience; best OS X technology adoption; best use of open source; best OS X Server solution and most innovative OS X product.

Prizes vary. In most categories, winners will receive a 17-inch PowerBook G4 with SuperDrive, a 23-inch Cinema HD Display and a DVI-to-ADC Display Adaptor.

The winner of the Best Mac OS X Student product category will get a 17-inch PowerBook G4 with SuperDrive, a five-day pass to WWDC, travel and five days travel and lodging at the show.

Runners-up in this category will receive a 12-inch PowerBook G4 (SuperDrive), a five-day pass to WWDC, and five days travel and lodging at the show.

The winner of the student QuickTime category will receive a 12-inch PowerBook G4.

Last year's winner's included Toon Boom Studio 1.1, Kerelia Software's Web services and information application, Watson 1.5, OmniGraffle 2.0, TexShop 1.19 and MacJournal 2.1.

Winners and runners-up will be announced during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference which runs from June 23-27 at San Francisco's Moscone Center.