CDN Student Awards China 2022


Deadline to enter competiton is 29th April 2022


How to register and submit: eligibility, registration, submissions, legals

In order to allow international judges to assess the entries, all labelling of images and all statements in support of the entry MUST BE in English.

Registration by students, which is required before submitting an entry, must also be in English.

Registration closes at 23:30 on Friday 29 of April 2022.

How to register for the competition

To register, click the button below. Please note registration must be completed in English. You must register before you can submit an entry.


Who is eligible?

CDN Student Awards China 2022 is open to students who are citizens of, and enrolled in a college or university-level design programme (either undergraduate or graduate) in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan.

Along with transportation and product design, entries from students studying fashion, textile and other design courses, as well as those studying design engineering and architecture, are encouraged.

Individuals not enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree course at a college or university are not eligible. All projects must have been designed/completed during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Individual or group entries

  • Individuals or groups* (with a maximum of three members) are eligible.
  • To verify that entrants are bona fide students, the name, email address and contact telephone number for the head of department at the student’s college is required.
  • For group entries, the three participating members must be named, and one of them nominated as leader and point of contact. One member only of the group (not necessarily the leader) will undertake the placement should their entry win an Award, and the leader is responsible for notifying the Organisers of who that will be.

* Entrants may register only once. Entrants registered as a group must not then register again as an individual, or as a member of another group.


Incomplete entries or those which do not comply with the instructions on this website may be disqualified.

In order to allow international judges to assess the entries, all labeling of images and diagrams, and all statements in support of the entry, MUST BE in English.

By entering you are certifying that the work you submit is wholly your own, or in the case of a team entry, wholly from that team. Plagiarism from a third party, or receiving the support or coaching or guidance of a third party, is strictly forbidden and will result in disqualification. In the case where the judges have included a disqualified entry on the Shortlist, as a Finalist or made an Award, these will be canceled and withdrawn. The Organisers reserve the right to publicise such cancellation and withdrawal on Car Design News and other media.

Uploading and deadline

Students will upload their entries via a web link which will be provided on the confirmation email that will be sent on registration.

Unless otherwise agreed in writing, completed projects will only be accepted by this method. Registration closes at 23:30 on Friday 29 of April 2022.

Preparing your entry

Students should not sign their work or identify themselves, or their school or college, anywhere within their entry. Such identification may lead to disqualification. The registration process will automatically generate an ID number that will be used in all communication and which will be attached to all work submitted. This unique ID number is issued to ensure impartiality during the judging process.

Entries must meet one of the briefs in order to be considered, and then be submitted to enter in one or more award categories.

* All entries must contain an interior and exterior design – you risk disqualification if you do not submit both!

Remember, presentation counts – entries that are presented professionally will have a clear advantage: explanatory information should be typewritten, and sketches should be clearly identified and explained. Judging will take into account your explanation and visual presentation of the design process, as well as the design itself.


Entries including your explanatory statement should be supplied in a single file in high-resolution PDF format. When creating your PDF, please ensure they meet the following criteria:

  • must be a PDF version 1.3 or higher with the maximum size 50MB
  • must be CMYK
  • file must not contain any transparent elements
  • each page must be A3 (landscape) and not contain crop marks
  • all images contained in the PDF must be high-resolution (300 dpi recommended) CMYK format
  • all fonts must be outlined or embedded within the PDF document

Additional animations in support of the entry should be in QuickTime video format in a single file with the maximum size 50MB.


Each entry must be submitted as a single A3 landscape style high-resolution PDF file. Aim to present the project over approximately four pages in the single PDF file.

All entries must be accompanied by text statement, submitted within your PDF file, containing a written explanation of how the design works and/or meets the brief. This should provide a context for the design, describe the project in detail and explain the technologies involved.

The organisers may choose up to four pages of your entry for publicity and display purposes at the Awards ceremony. If you send in more, there is no guarantee that the extra pages will be displayed.

Finally, though you may also submit an animation in support of your entry, this is not a requirement for entry into the competition. View entry examples.

If you have any problems or questions please contact CDN-contest@ultimamedia.onmicrosoft.com.


Car Design News, the CDN Student Awards China 2021 and Ultima Media Ltd are collectively ‘the Organisers’.

The decision of the Organisers in any matter of judgement in this awards competition is final. This competition is governed by the law of the United Kingdom and all entrants accept this jurisdiction as part of their registration.


The Organisers retain the right to verify the identity and eligibility as well as all information pertaining to any individuals or groups who have entered the CDN Student Awards China 2021, and to not award, amend or withdraw any prizes as a consequence.

The Organisers assume that all entries are original and are the works and property of the entrant(s), with all rights granted therein, and are not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant.

The Organisers assume that all images provided with entries are free of copyright infringement and, if a third party is involved, that the entrant has secured permission for those image(s)to appear on www.cardesignnews.com, on other websites operated or controlled by the Organisers, and in print publications and materials published by the Organisers.

The Organisers reserve the right to amend or cancel the prizes of entrants where the copyright or authorship of third parties is infringed.


The Organisers will notify the winners directly at the Awards ceremony, or otherwise directly should the ceremony not be held. The shortlists and finalists will be notified by their names being posted on the Awards website.

Rights of ownership

Submissions remain the intellectual property of the entrants. However, by entering, all entrants agree to permit The Organisers to use their entries on websites or in print publications or in other print materials owned or operated by The Organisers or their successors in perpetuity and for any and all purposes, and further agree that The Organisers may make entries available to companies which sponsor the Awards for their internal company purposes only.

Entrants similarly agree to the use of their names and likenesses for purposes of advertising, trade show use and promotion in perpetuity and without compensation, unless prohibited by law.

Your data

We collect your personal data in order to register you for the CDN Student Awards China. The success of the awards relies upon the participation of our official sponsors. Subsequently, the event organisers and official sponsors may, from time to time, send updates about this event, other relevant products and services, or specific opportunities relating to your careers and by registering for the awards you consent to this.

No liability

No responsibility or liability will be accepted by the Organisers, their affiliates, subsidiaries, agents or representatives, or anyone connected to the Awards for:

lost, late, misdirected, illegible, or damaged entries or any other such events that may occur; or technical, hardware or software failure of any kind, lost network connection or distorted or scrambled computer transmissions, human error, congestion on the internet or any website, late entries due to these causes or any combination thereof, or if for any reason computer programs are not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, and unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes that corrupt or affect registration or entries.


The Organisers reserve the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the CDN Student Awards China at any time up to the completion of the Awards ceremony at their absolute discretion and without any liability whatsoever to any entrant or third party connected with the entries.