Each entrant can submit unlimited number of entries and entries must fulfill the following criteria:
1.Entries must be projects that are fully constructed, complete, on the market or being mass-produced. Due to the pandemic, projects submitted for the 2020 SDA will enter the 2021 competition and be judged together. Entries' completion date must be between 1 January 2018 and and 30 June 2021 (between 1 January 2015 and 30 June 2021 for architectural projects). 
2.Entries must comply with national and industrial policies and related technologies and standards.
3.Projects that are conceptual, or still under construction, or not commercially developed, or unfinished displays including models, renderings, etc. are NOT eligible as entries.
4.Entries must be submitted by the project' s owner/client/brand owner/designer/design consultancy, and the same project can be submitted by one entrant ONLY. If one entry involves more than one party, it is necessary to negotiate and decide who is the entrant and provide a contract between multiple parties to confirm the entrant. Otherwise the entrant will be disqualified.
5.Projects that have participated in the previous SDA are NOT eligible as entries for the SDA 2021. 


  • Photos

    All photos should be uploaded on the Award website. Maximum 10 photos for each item submitted. All photos should be in JPEG/PNG format, over 300dpi and no more than 2M each. MUST be actual photos without special effects.

  • PDF files

    Maximum 12 Mb for each item submitted and should be uploaded on the website.

  • Video

    Maximum 2 minutes and 24 Mb, MP4 format only, could be uploaded online or be recorded on U-Key only(NO DVD or VCD please) before shipping to the Secretariat. Unoriginal scores or music must come with copyright authorization.

  • Animation and APPs

    HD video files or large programme files can be sent to the Secretariat via email or wetransfer. Files larger than 4G must be recorded on U-Key before shipping to the Secretariat. The device will not be returned.

  • Display board

    NOT bigger than700mm x 1000mm.

Tangible Projects

The submitted entries must be completely assembled and fully functional. Electrical products must provide transformer and adapter to match Chinese electrical voltage: 220 volts AC, 50 Hz.

Shipping of entries bigger than 1m x 1m x 1m or with weight over 50 KG can proceed ONLY after consulting the Secretariat, who reserves the right to refuse any oversize entries.


Online registration and entrysubmission are free of charge. Any costs arising from packaging, shipping,postage, customs clearance, insurance and any other necessary fees are at the expenses of the entrants.