This is a respond to a previously asked question about the A' Design Award and Competition. The full list of frequently asked questions can be accessed here.
#40: Do I have to pay to submit?
Depending on the competition you would like to join the answer will be different, for "premium" competitions (main-categories), you need to pay to submit your design. The payment is required for nomination in these categories, your payment will be used to cover expenses such as assembling the jury, public relations, advertisement, staff payments, platform improvements, database management and more. On the other hand "custom" competitions are already sponsored by companies, therefore, in general, you do not need to make any payment.
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