Terms and Conditions


These Terms and Conditions apply to all Spark competitions, including, but not limited to: Spark Concept & Student; Spark Product; Spark Graphic; Spark Screen; Spark Spaces; Spark Transport, Spark Health and the AllSpark Awards.

The entrant’s completed registration application and fee payment constitutes confirmation that they have read, understood and agree to the following General Terms and Conditions:

The Spark Awards are design competitions, related events and media. The organizer is the Spark Design Awards, a wholly owned unit of Encenta, LLC, which is incorporated in the State of New York, USA. Questions in all matters should be referred directly to The Spark Awards, 36 Lounsbury Rd., Croton on Hudson, NY 10520-2017 USA.

All copyrighted images, trademarks and registered trademarks appearing on the Spark Design Awards website are the property of their respective rights-holders and owners, and used on this website for reference purposes only.  ©2014 Spark Design Awards™ All rights reserved.

1. The Spark competitions are open to designers, firms, practices, agencies, organizations, schools, businesses, students and non-professionals. Spark is for designs launched from January, 2000 forward. There are two competition classes– the Spark competitions for built or produced design (including pre-production), and Spark Concept, for work that is not produced, but is an idea or proposal. All Professionals, companies and organizations may enter either competition, if their work fits into that competition’s description. Students may only enter the Spark Concept & Student and/or the Spark Transport competition. Each entrant may enter as many projects as they wish, upon completion of registration materials and payment of appropriate fee(s).

Entries may be submitted by individuals, companies, organizations, teams, or by teachers for classroom projects. Entrants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to enter as an individual. (Designers under 18 may have their work submitted by a parent, legal guardian or teacher. Student fees will apply.) The Spark Competitions are open to creative professionals wishing to share and promote their designs.

The Spark Awards are for design submissions. Designs are industrious tools that enhance the quality of life. They are produced, or conceived to be produced, in large quantities. They are not fine art, one-off installations or craft projects.

There are two general categories of contestants:

– University (grades 13 and above)

– Creative Professionals (designers, architects, etc.)

2. The entry fees are established by the price list in effect at the time of registration. Entrant’s payment, fully completed registration form, the design and supporting documents must be received by the competition’s published closing date. Entry fees may change without notice. However, entrants who have registered and paid their fee are guaranteed entry at their original fee.

3. This is a two-stage competition process. The first stage will entail an online entry submission of a fee, photo’s and descriptions of the design entry. For the second stage, Finalists will pay a hanging fee to enter the second competition stage. All Finalists—except for Concept entries—will send physical designs or depictions of the design (usually models or display boards or something similar), to our jury headquarters for the Phase 2 judging.

1. All competition entries will be shipped to, and collected from, the Jury location at the cost of the entrant. The entrant is responsible for any damage or loss of their design. Neither the Spark Awards nor its agents will be liable if an entry is not received by deadline or is damaged by any cause during judging or exhibition. Graphic display boards will not be returned. (Special note: entrants are urged to NOT send rare, expensive or precious prototype materials. Spark can not be held liable for their loss or damage.)

2. The entries will be collected during the specified period. Should the entries not be collected, the organizer reserves the right to dispose of the material, with any extraordinary expense to be paid by the entrant. Supporting documents and printed materials will not be returned to the entrant.

3. Refunds are available, up to 6 weeks prior to the Phase 1 deadline for that competition.

A multi-disciplinary jury of experts is selected by the Spark Awards administrators. This independent jury chooses the Spark Award nominees and winners. The jury is not required to justify or comment upon its decisions. Not every entry category will necessarily have a winner. Conversely, the Jury may, at their option, chose multiple winners in a category. Spark administers, but does not participate as a juror in choosing winners. The judge’s decisions are private and completely confidential.

The Winners Circle Services Package is a feature of the Spark Award Competition. All Finalists who become Bronze, Silver, Gold or Spark! winners agree to pay the fee associated with this package for each of their winners. The Winners Circle Service Charge is not optional. It is an important part of competition funding and all winners are obligated to pay it. If you enter the competition, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the event, which include this fee. Only those firms and individuals who pay their fees are considered Official Spark Winners.


  • The Spark Winners Celebration Digital YearBook
    All winners are featured. Display size dictated by visual considerations only, not by winner level or additional fee.
  • Exhibition of Winning Designs
    Spark will present winners in live Exhibitions. Spark has a multi-month exhibition at the Autodesk Design Gallery in San Francisco. Additionally, Spark exhibits extensively in Asia. To date, over 500,000 visitors have enjoyed the Spark Winners Exhibitions. Spark, and its Exhibition venue partners will determine the exact format and presentation details of each display. Large-scale exhibits will entail additional entrant cost.
  • Spark Winner Publicity
    A press briefing and release will be presented at the opening of the Exhibition and Winners Celebration. In addition, our Media partners publicize the events and selected winners. Spark will produce press release templates, which may be used for the Entrant’s publicity purposes (upon request).
  • SparkMark Logo Package
    Finalist Candidates and winners may request the SparkMark artwork for marketing usage on packaging, point of sale, advertising, product placement and other applications, if Spark determines it is positive, fair and reasonable use.
  • Spark Award Certificates and Trophies
    Finalist and Winning designers and manufacturers will receive a downloadable awards certificate PDF upon request. Printed and framed certificates and trophies are available for purchase. All Finalists and winners of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Spark! awards may purchase engraved trophies, and additional quantities are available by special order (as long as supplies last).
  • Online Exhibition Gallery
    All nominees and award-winning designs will be presented in the Spark Awards online exhibition gallery for at least one year. Only entries that fit Spark’s design guidelines, are in generally acceptable good taste and are in fully-paid good standing with Spark will be published in the public sections of the Entrant Gallery or Archive. The Archive Administrator reserves all rights to determine whether works will be accepted, and may at our discretion edit submission copy and images. If an entrant’s work is chosen for exhibition or publication, they may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, liability and publicity release and a license grant.

By entering your work in this competition, you and your company or organization grant consent and license to the Spark Design Awards for the use of your name, design and representations of your design in any media, anywhere in the world, without compensation or credit, for Spark promotional and editorial reasons.

By entering this competition, you and your company affirm that your entry is original and does not infringe upon the rights of any person or entity. You acknowledge that you own, are solely responsible or otherwise control all of the rights to the content or entries that you submit; that use of the content or entries you supply does not violate these Terms of Use and will not cause injury to any person or entity; and that you will indemnify the Spark Awards or its affiliates for all claims resulting from the materials you submit.The Spark Awards are not liable for any copyright or trademark infringement on the part of the entrant. Spark entrants are advised and required to obtain third party consents where required by law or by best ethical practices.

Entrants own the I.P. rights to the original work they submit to the Spark Awards competitions. Spark does not own original I.P. rights or works entered into the competitions, but has a royalty-free, perpetual right to use that work in connection with publicity and promotion of Spark programs. Spark Award sponsors or partners (Businesses and Organizations) do not own design entries, original research, or design materials that they sponsor unless a written license or other transfer of rights in those works is executed by the author(s) and acknowledged in writing by all parties, including Spark.

By entering the Spark Awards Competition, participants release the Spark Advisory Council and Community Board members, sponsors, Jury participants and their respective affiliates, agents, directors, officers, employees, volunteers, families and shareholders from all liability of any kind relating to these competitions.

The liability of SPARK to the Entrant, whether said liability stems from any breach of contract or duty, for any damages, costs, loss of goodwill or financial income suffered by the Entrant, will be limited to the entrant’s paid fee.

These rules will be governed by the laws of the State of New York, without regard to New York’s conflicts of law principles. The legal relationships shall be governed exclusively by United States law. This shall also apply when the entrant or any Spark event is located outside the USA. Any dispute relating to the competitions or related events and media or these rules will be resolved by arbitration in New York, NY, or Westchester County, NY, in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Should any of the above provisions be rendered ineffective in whole or in part, all other provisions shall remain effective. Terms that differ from these Terms and Conditions shall not apply unless the Spark Administrator has given specific written consent.

All published data subject to change.