Bad Design Awards

Report a Competition

At this page, you could submit your negative experiences with design competitions by responding a few questions and writing a short report.

It is common that some competition organizers could exploit designers through their terms and agreements or through general conduct. In this section, you could report major or minor issues relating to your negative experiences with design competitions, and of course mention positive ones as well. However, please note that we do not accept anonymous comments or complaints to avoid double-entry and also to ensure that the comments are made by real participants. Your comments will be de-identified and anonymized in the final white paper available to public, however they will be made available to the organizers, unless you would indicate otherwise.

Tips: Please note that each ticket/report should convey a single/particular problem regarding a single design competition or contest. If you wish to report multiple issues or competitions, please re-fill and re-submit the form for each of the distinct issues. If you wish to submit your general experience with multiple design competitions, leave the URL field as is. Please delete any existing text in the boxes and fill with your own responses.

Your Details  
Name & Surname
Please note that we do not accept anonymous reports.
Email Address
Type your email address, so that we could register your report.
Your Report  
Inquiry Type
Please choose from the menu that describes your inquiry.
— Are you filling a complaint? Or providing a positive feedback?
Who are Your Reporting?
Please choose the best option from the select menu.
— Are you reporting other participants? Or the organizers?
Report Subject
Please choose from the list of available options so that we could classify the reports.
— What is the major issue relates to? The most important thing.
Privacy & Support
Indicate if you would like the organizers to contact you back or whether your name and surname displayed to them.

— If you do not want to be contacted, please type "I do not want to be contacted because.." stating the reason as well.
What do you expect?
Please explain what actions shall be taken against the reported party, or your expectations from them.

— Do you seek refunds? Do you seek an apology? Let us know.
Your Experience  
Competition Name
The name of the competition that you are reporting about.
Please explain your experience, focusing on one issue at a time. It is important that you re-fill this form multiple times for reporting distinct issues so that we could cluster and categorize the reports and prepare correct statistics for decision makers. Please try to fit your explanation within the input box, to make it easier for us to read and proceed with it.
Proof / Support Documents
If we were to contact you in the future, would you be able to prove the points above?
Please provide the complete URL of the competition.

— Leave as is if your report is not related to a particular competition.
Did you pay any money?
Was this competition free to join or pay-to-join? How much did you pay them in total?
How did you discover?
How did you learn about the existence of this competition at the first place?

— Did you find them on google? Or did you see them on a magazine or find their ads? Please indicate in detail.
Tried a Call?
Did you try contacting the reported party? Did they already offer a resolution?
Signed an Agreement?
Have you already signed an agreement such as registration or NDA forms?
Report Registration  
Our Terms
By registering the report, you are also signing our agreement:
Ready to Submit?
Please re-view your information above and click Submit Report.