Digital Edge Awards

By Adobe

The Digital Edge Awards by Adobe celebrate game-changing student projects that use Creative Cloud apps, like Photoshop, Illustrator or Premiere Pro, to take uni work to the next level. Whatever you’re studying, digital skills can make you and your coursework stand out.

One top award of £9,250 in cash

Category winners get £1,000

A prestigious award for your CV

Give your coursework the digital edge. Submit your project by 31 May.

Give your coursework the digital edge. Submit your project by 31 May.

Have you powered up your uni presentation using some striking infographics or used your video skills to spice up an assignment? Whatever you’re studying, show us how you took your project from standard to standout using Adobe products like Photoshop, Illustrator or Premiere Pro.

This year, the Digital Edge Awards have five different prizes. One overall winner and four subject area winners for Art & Design, Business, STEM and Humanities. The winner will get £9250. Each subject area winner will be awarded £1000 as well as a ticket for the Adobe MAX 2023. All winners will also receive a Creative Cloud Subscription for one year, a digital certificate and digital credentials for LinkedIn and other social profiles.

How can I get Adobe Creative Cloud?

Ask your tutor.

Many universities already provide Creative Cloud to students, so check with your tutor to see if you already have access as part of your course.

Get a free trial.

Got an upcoming deadline and want to make your next assignment really stand out? Start your free 7 day trial and make the leap.

Get 65% off.

Students save 65% on Creative Cloud all year long, giving you unlimited access to 20+ apps.

Explore the 2022 winners.

With hundreds of entries from a wide range of subject areas, our judges saw best-in-class examples of digital skills from all over the country. Find out who had the digital edge in 2022.

Textile Design

Brick Lane: An Immigration Story
Layla C., University of Edinburgh

Layla created a digital portfolio to summarise her final-year project. She crafted an engaging story to showcase her creative process, combining hand-drawn illustration, photography and texture using Creative Cloud.

Design Engineering

Kiran S. and team, Imperial College London

The team’s group project focused on finding a sustainable design solution for the events industry. With the help of Illustrator, they bring their festival concept to life in an original and creative format.

Judging criteria.

Here’s a sneak peek at what the expert judges will be looking for when reviewing your work. All submissions will be judged equally according to these four criteria:


Digital literacy


Overall quality

Tips to get you started.

Students over the age of 18 can join the Digital Edge Awards. Here are some useful tips and info to help you to get started.

Who can enter & how do I enter?

Entries need to be submitted via the Digital Edge Entry Portal linked to this page. Don’t forget to check if you meet all of the entry requirements and make sure you use an UK university email address. To be eligible all contributors must be a legal UK resident, at least 18 years of age and you must be enrolled at an UK Higher Education Institution for academic year 2022/23.

Will using more apps increase my chances of winning?

At least 50% of your submission needs to be created with Adobe Creative Cloud apps. Judges may look at how you have used a range of tools to create your entry, however, whether you use one or more of the apps is completely up to you.

More Information in our FAQs and the Official Rules.

The value of digital skills.

Digital literacy is the ability to use digital tools to solve problems, create innovative projects and enhance communications that help you be prepared for the workplace. These are skills every new graduate needs to demonstrate to employers.

Boost your communication skills.

Showing how you can communicate complex ideas in a simple, creative and impactful way can help you to stand out.

Power up your project.

Creative problem-solving and the ability to collaborate effectively with others are soft skills many current graduates are lacking. They’re missing out -  so make sure you don’t!

From side gig to centre stage.

With AI and automation predicted to replace around 80% of today’s jobs by 2037, you need to make sure you can do the things computers can’t - articulate ideas and be creative.

Don’t miss your chance: Submission closes on

31 May 2023

Power up your coursework.

If you don’t already have access through your university, you can save over 65% on the Creative Cloud All Apps Plan. With 20+ creative apps at your fingertips, you’ll have everything you need to give your coursework the Digital Edge.