National Digital Arts Awards Mechanics




Over-All Theme and Mission

The National Digital Arts Awards 2017 is jointly organized by Globaltronics, Inc., Brand Guerrilla Ph and Synergy 88 Digital and now on its fourth year. This year’s over-all theme centers on Philippines 2038 #changeisherenow! The theme focuses on what the Philippines can be in 2038, it elicits from the digital design artists this year of how affirmative change can take place and how digital art can express this through the Awards. In 2017, we bring back the professional category which was relegated to the background in the past two years. Why? because this year, we yearn to bridge the gap between the digital art community and the global animation industry. The whole world knows that the best and the brightest artists are here in the Philippines, but only if we are able to harness them, then we can truly be the digital art hub of Asia and the world.

Hence, this year, we have created three categories where we can truly seek out the best animators all over the country. We have joined together the best minds, world-class animators and global social media influencer - celebrity Ms. CyreneQ for this advocacy, so this year we look forward to the most memorable and best ever National Digital Arts Awards!

There shall be three (3) major Categories:

  • 1. Digital Art in Print
  • 2. Design, Animation & Motion Graphics
  • 3. Digital Games
Digital Art in Print

Eligibility: Digital Art in Print shall be open to all students and professionals, under the individual participant category only.

Rubrics for Digital Art in Print:

  • • Visual Communication - 20%. Impact and Clarity. How well does the piece communicate its message.
  • • Interpretation/Relevance - 30%. Does the art theme, content, and style fit the theme, or does it feel disconnected?
  • • Aesthetics - 50%. Art style, coherence, raw execution ability and over-all unity.

Sub-Categories

  • 1. Digital Art in Print for Students
    • Expected Output: It would be an A3 Size digital image rendered in 300DPI. Artwork must be accompanied by a one-page Brief Description of the artwork.
    • Submission Code: For students 1A-DAP
  • 2. Digital Art in Print for Professionals
    • Expected Output: It would be an A3 Size digital image rendered in 300DPI. Artwork must be accompanied by a one-page Brief Description of the artwork.
    • Submission Code: For professionals 1B-DAP.
Design, Animation & Motion Graphics

Eligibility: Design, Animation & Motion Graphics shall be open to individuals, and teams. For individuals, they can either be a student or a professional. Teams, for all intents and purposes shall be defined as teams of 2-5 students for the student category and teams of 2-5 professionals for the professional category. There shall be no mixed student- professional teams.

Rubrics for Design, Animation & Motion Graphics

  • • Interpretation/Relevance & Visual Communication - 20% - Does the environment fit the theme or does it feel forced? How well is the theme interpreted in the design? Is the presentation clear?
  • • Fundamentals - 30% - Raw knowledge, understanding and execution. Includes understanding of proportions, rendering ability, understanding of light, perspective, contrast and so on in the construction of the simulated environment.
  • • Design - 50% - How well-designed the environments are and accompanying elements are. Are the environments properly designed? Do the objects appear to work? Are the elements relevant to the selected theme or world where the design belongs to? Is the design language consistent and coherent?

Sub-Categories


  • 1. 2D Animation for Students - is open to all students, whether individual or by teams, by teams we mean 2-5 students from the same school, a mixed-school team is not encouraged, however, majority of the students should come from the same school

    • Expected Output: It should be a video material rendered in full HD 1080P H264 Format. Duration should not exceed 3 minutes. Artwork must be accompanied by a one-page Brief Description of the artwork.
    • Submission Code: 2A-Animation

  • 2. 2D Animation for Professionals – is open to all professionals, whether individuals or by teams. By teams we mean 2-5 professionals from the same design studio or city, there are no limitations as to the location of the team members, however, professionals from the same city i.e. Davao, Bacolod are encouraged.

    • Expected Output: It should be a video material rendered in full HD 1080P H264 Format. Duration should not exceed 3 minutes. Artwork must be accompanied by a one-page Brief Description of the artwork.
    • Submission Code: 2B-Animation

  • 3. 2D Art Character Design for Students – is open to all students, on an individual basis only.

    • Expected Output: It would be an A3 Size digital image rendered in 300DPI. Artwork must be accompanied by a one-page Brief Description of the artwork.
    • Submission Code: 2A-Character

  • 4. 2D Art Character Design for professionals - is open to all professionals, on an individual basis only.

    • Expected Output: It would be an A3 Size digital image rendered in 300DPI. Artwork must be accompanied by a one-page Brief Description of the artwork.
    • Submission Code: 2B-Character

  • 5. 3D Environment Design for Students - 3D Environment Design is open to all students, whether individual or by teams. By teams we mean 2-5 students from the same school, a mixed-school team is not encouraged, however, majority of the students should come from the same school.

    • Expected Output: Rendered images, A3 Size digital image rendered in 300DPI. Artwork must be accompanied by a one-page Brief Description of the artwork.
    • Submission Code: 2A-EnviDesign

  • 6. 3D Environment Walkthrough for Professionals - is open to all professionals, whether individuals or by teams. By teams we mean 2-5 professionals from the same design studio or city, there are no limitations as to the location of the team members, however, professionals from the same city i.e. Davao, Bacolod are encouraged.

    • Expected Output: It should be a video material rendered in full HD 1080P H264 Format. Duration should not exceed 3 minutes. Artwork must be accompanied by a one-page Brief Description of the artwork.
    • Submission Code: 2B-EnviWalk

Digital Games

Eligibility: Digital Games shall be open to individuals, and teams. For individuals, they can either be a student or a professional. Teams, for all intents and purposes shall be defined as teams of 2-5 students for the student category and teams of 2-5 professionals for the professional category. There shall be no mixed student- professional teams.

Rubrics for Digital Games:

  • • Visuals - 20%: artistic appeal.
  • • Gameplay - 20%: controls, interface and ease of use.
  • • Technical - 30%: capability to adapt and scale.
  • • Social Relevance - 30%: narrative or awareness that the game wants to portray.
  • 1. Serious Game for Students - is open to all student teams only, by teams we mean 2-5 students from the same school, a mixed-school team is not encouraged, however, majority of the students should come from the same school.

    • Expected Output: It should be a Gameplay Video and an executable file. No limit is set for the Gameplay video. There should be a brief instructional document on how to play the game.
    • Submission Code: 3A-Serious

  • 2. Serious Game for Professionals - is open to all professional teams only, by teams we mean 2-5 professionals from the same design studio or city, there are no limitations as to the location of the team members, however, professionals from the same city i.e. Davao, Bacolod are encouraged.

    • Expected Output: It should be a Gameplay Video and an executable file. No limit is set for the Gameplay video. There should be a brief instructional document on how to play the game
    • Submission Code: 3B-Serious

  • 3. Casual Game for Students - is open to all student teams only, by teams we mean 2-5 students from the same school, a mixed-school team is not encouraged, however, majority of the students should come from the same school.

    • Expected Output: It should be a Gameplay Video and an executable file. No limit is set for the Gameplay video. There should be a brief instructional document on how to play the game
    • Submission Code: 3A-Casual

  • 4. Casual Game for Professionals - is open to all professional teams only. By teams we mean 2-5 professionals from the same design studio or city, there are no limitations as to the location of the team members, however, professionals from the same city i.e. Davao, Bacolod are encouraged.

    • Expected Output: It should be a Gameplay Video and an executable file. No limit is set for the Gameplay video. There should be a brief instructional document on how to play the game
    • Submission Code: 3B-Casual

General Provisions

1. Eligibility in General

  • • Contestants in the student category should not exceed 26 years of age before May 15, 2017, are currently enrolled and are bona-fide students of any secondary/tertiary/college/university or vocational institutions. Post-Graduate students are considered Professionals.
  • • Employees of Globaltronics, Inc., Brand Guerrilla Ph, Synergy 88 Digital and its affiliates, Contest Committee members, and Board of Judges, as well as their respective spouses and relatives up to the 2nd degree of consanguinity are not eligible to join.
  • • Participating teams can come from one school. Collaboration between students from different schools will be allowed, provided, all team members are bonafide students and majority of the team members are from the same school.
  • • All winning entries shall become the property of the National Digital Arts Awards 2017 Organizing Committee and cannot be used or sold locally or internationally without the written or expressed permission of the same.

2. Eligibility for Professionals

  • • Contestants in the Professional category shall have no age limit, provided they are duly employed or are certified self-employed persons at the time of the submission of entries in May 15, 2017. Post-Graduate students are considered Professionals.
  • • Professional Teams who will participate can come from one studio. Collaboration between professionals from different companies or design studios will be allowed, provided, all team members are bonafide professionals, where digital art is their main source of income. Mixed teams of students and professionals is strictly prohibited.
  • • All winning entries shall become the property of the National Digital Arts Awards 2017 Organizing Committee and cannot be used or sold locally or internationally without the written or expressed permission of the same.

3. Submission

  • • All submissions must send via email through ndaaph@gmail.com on or before May 15, 2017, complete with fully accomplished registration form and all necessary documents.
  • • Required documents for Students
    • o School ID
    • o Proof of Current Enrollment
    • o Notarized Affidavit of Original Work, attesting to the originality of their work and holding the NDAA 2017 Organizers free from all liabilities in case of copyright infringement and other claims.
  • • The registration form and the affidavit of original work can be downloaded at the official NDAA webpage: http://ndaa.globaltronics.net/
  • • All information entered in the affidavit of original work and registration form must either be legibly handwritten or encoded. For contestants who are below 18 years of age or in such other circumstances that restricts their capacity to act, the consent of his/her guardian shall be required. For this purpose, said guardian shall be required to sign the aforesaid affidavit signifying his/her consent to the contestant’s undertakings.
  • • All the necessary documents must be in JPEG, PNG or PDF format.
  • • Required documents should also be uploaded at the contest website.
  • • Each document or entry uploaded must not exceed 40MB. Should it exceed 40 MB, file transfer via We Transfer, Google Drive, Dropbox, One Drive or other cloud-based protocols will be allowed.
  • • Upon receipt of the entry, the contestant will receive a system generated reply.
  • • Should there be issues found in the entry or the required documents, the contestant will be notified through email, call or SMS. The contestant will be given one (1) week to comply and complete the requirements. No further extensions will be given.
  • • The filename of the entry should be as follows: [LAST NAME First Name M.I]_[Entry Title]_[Contest Code] e.g: [DELA CRUZ Juan J]_[Banana Game]_[3B-Casual]
  • • All required documents must be labeled as is and should be included with the entry:
    • o e.g: “Registration Form”, “School ID”, “Affidavit of Original Work”,“Proof of Current Enrollment/Employment”.
    • o Any extension in the contest deadline will be announced through the contest website or Facebook page.
    • o Each contestant or team may send only one (1) entry per category. This means that a contestant may choose to join both categories.
    • o Should the contestant or team qualify for the contest proper, he/she will be notified via email, call or SMS.

4. Selection

  • • A Selection Committee will be formed to review all qualified entries in both categories. Selection Committee members shall constitute past winners of NDAA and/or selected digital artists.
    • o Competition Format Diagram per category
    • o The ten (10) finalists’ entries will move on to the next level of competition, the Official Judging and online voting.
    • o Official Judging and Online Voting
    • o Once chosen as finalist, all raw files will be saved in PSD or AI format and will be sent in the form of CD/DVD format with corresponding name, category, entry title, school and date of material submission.
    • o Official judging of entries and online voting will be announced given by 2nd quarter of the year.
    • o The Official Judging Committee will be formed to determine the winners.
    • o Finalists’ entries will be judged based on the following criteria
    • o The finalists’ entries will be uploaded at the NDAA’s social media channels. The most number of likes per category will receive the People’s Choice Award.
    • o The use of third party hacks or the uses of paid services to inorganically increase the number of likes are not allowed. Once caught, the entry will be automatically disqualified from the People’s Choice award.

5. Announcement of Winners

    • o All contestants will be invited to the Awarding Party slated on July 15, 2017 but only the finalists will have reserved seats.
    • o Finalists are automatically invited as guests to the Awarding Party.
    • o There will be one (1) major winner per category.
    • o Prize and Prize Money shall be in the range of P 1,000,000.00 for the whole contest.
    • o If a winner comes from any of our official school partners with signed Memorandum of Agreement from the Contest Committee, a separate 10% of the winning cash prize will be donated to the school for the Student Category.
    • o Should the finalist be unable to attend the Awarding Party for any reason he/she or the Team must assign or send a proxy with a written authorization from the Finalist.
    • o Should the Finalist be unable to attend and not able to assign a proxy, the prize he/she or the Team may have won will be forfeited, subject to the contest board’s discretion.
    • o Winners residing within Metro Manila and nearby areas will be required to pick up their prizes within thirty (30) days from Synergy 88 Digital at Estuar Building, 41 Timog Avenue, Quezon City. Prizes of winners coming from the Regions outside Metro Manila will be delivered to them via our Official Courier or Logistics Company.
    • o Winners will be required to undergo a brief interview about their experience in the NDAA 2017. Winners residing in the provinces may submit a pre-recorded interview. Prizes will only be released after the said interview.

6. Fair Play

  • Contestant must confirm that the submitted art piece does not:
    • o Contain material that violates or infringes another's rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights;
    • o Contain brand names or trademarks, other than specified in the rules and regulations, which a contestant has a limited license to use for the sole purpose of creating and uploading the entry, and/or those that he/she or the Team owns, which he/she or the Team agrees to license to sponsor on a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive basis, or have license to use and sub-license to sponsor on a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive basis in connection with the entry;
    • o Contain copyrighted material not created by the contestant/Team, other than material that they have necessary rights, consents and permissions to use and sub-license to sponsor on a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive basis in connection with the entry;
    • o Contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous;
    • o Contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where the entry is created.

7. Other Regulations

    • o The Contest Committee reserves the right to withdraw any award and/or prize at any given time should the contestant violate any of the rules and regulations for the completion, or if the Contest Committee deems, in granting the award to the contestant may damage the image and reputation of the Contest organizers, Globaltronics, Inc., Brand Guerrilla Ph, or Synergy 88 Digital or any of its affiliates.
    • o The Contest Committee reserves the right to revoke the contestant’s status as a Semi-Finalist/Finalist at any point of the judging process should the committee find any irremediable discrepancy or violation/s that were overlooked during the initial screening.
    • o The contestants are prohibited from communicating with the Contest Committee and Board of Judges in any form during the contest period.
    • o The National Digital Arts Awards 2017, Organizing Committee, reserves the right to use the name and photo of the contestant and his/her or Team’s entry free of charge for any broadcast, telecast, print or any other medium, for whatever legal purposes. Important updates (extensions, new regulations, etc.) will be announced through the National Digital Arts Awards 2017 Facebook fan page. Ignorance of these announcements will not be valid excuse for non-compliance.
    • o Failure to comply with the above rules and regulations shall automatically disqualify the contestant/Team
    • o By submitting an entry, the contestant agrees to abide by the Rules and Regulations of the competition.
    • o The Contest Committee shall not be held liable for late, missing or lost entries.
    • o All decisions of the Contest Committee and Board of Judges are final.
    • o All works must be original and should not have been used in any art competition prior to NDAA.
    • o The NDAA reserves the right to use submitted materials for future promotional, marketing and publicity purposes.
    • o All entries and all copyright and other rights in such entries become the property of NDAA.
    • o Participants cannot create similar entry or cannot use entry submitted for this Contest for any other Contest of similar nature.
    • o Accordingly, NDAA reserves the right to review all entries and disqualify any entry who has failed to provide proper documentation and originality of work.

8. Submission of Entries

    • o Deadline of entries will be on May 15, 2017; otherwise all late entries will not be accommodated.
    • o Submit your entries to:
    • o For ANIMATION entries: ndaa@asi.media and ndaaph@gmail.com
    • o For GAME DEV'T/DESIGN ENTRIES (2D & 3D ART): ndaa@synergy88digital.com and ndaaph@gmail.com